Saint Andrews International High School

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Saint Andrews International High School
Southern Region

TypePrivate school
School districtBlantyre
HeadmasterMr. Smith

Saint Andrews International School in Blantyre, Malawi was founded 1958 as a high school. It was founded by the Church of Scotland Mission in Blantyre.


It was founded as a series of mission schools in Limbe, Blantyre and Zomba in Nyasaland (Malawi)in the 1920s just after the First World War.[1] The purpose of the school was to make education available to European students and consisted of children of colonial official, traders, and planters. In an agreement signed in 1937 between the Church of Scotland Mission and the Nyasaland Government in 1938, it officially became St. Andrew's Preparatory School (St. Andrews Primary School) and enrolled 14 students.

Three distinct schools[edit]

With the need to further education,the school split into three parts creating a distinct kindergarten, primary school and a high school in three locations in 1957.(The High School opened on 28 January 1957)[1]

Saint Andrews High School[edit]

The high school came to be known as Saint Andrews High School (SAHS)in 1958. In 1965, a year after Malawian Independence, the school changed its name to "St. Andrew's Secondary School" (SASS).[1] In 1994, it later changed its name to Saint Andrews International High School (SAIntS) as it is known now to reflect the international and diverse nature of its student body. The demographics of the school include students of Asian, African, American, and European descent.

Saint Andrews International High School (SAIntS)[edit]

Today, Saints is an exclusive school located in the Nyambadwe suburb of Blantyre, Malawi, and has 520 students from more than 30 nationalities as part of its day and boarding school.[2] The school offers IGCSE, BTEC and A-level qualifications in line with the standard British curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities, including sports and a variety of clubs and societies. Most notable amongst these are Football, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Swimming, Athletics, Water Polo, Tennis, Squash and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The school boasts impressive looking grounds, with the school buildings set on a ridge overlooking the sports facilities and adjacent grounds.


Students study British style curriculum including GCSE/IGCSE, BTECs and A levels.[2] The school has an excellent reputation in both academic and sporting regards — with the rivalry between the four houses culminating in the end of year House Cup. St. Andrews focuses its efforts on trying to prepare its students for further studies at international universities including Oxford and Cambridge in England and the Ivy League Universities in the U.S.A.

Houses and clubs[edit]

The school consists of various houses and clubs; such as Chiradzulu, Michiru, Ndirande and Soche, named after the mountains surrounding Blantyre.[2] The Chiradzulu house holds the colour of Yellow, The Michiru house holds the colour of Blue, Ndirande holds the colour of Red and Soche holds the colour of green. These Houses provide a family structure inside the school, in the which the students can compete against fellow students in a variety of activities for all age groups and skill levels.


Approximately 80 students are boarders.[2]


  • On 1 May 2001, SAIntS set a Guinness World Record set for the Longest non-stop Lesson when students were taught 25 hours of PE and History
  • In 2003, the school was noted in the African Almanac as one of the top 100 schools in Africa.[3]
  • Its swimming program trained Malawian Olympic swimmer, Joyce Tafatatha.[4]
  • In the 2016 Olympics, student Amarra Pinto represented Malawi in swimming.
  • In 2015 and 2016 Saints students gained the highest BTEC scores in the whole of Africa in a number of subjects.
  • In 2017 record numbers of students gained bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards which were presented by HRH The Countess of Wessex.

Head Teachers[edit]

  • Kieron Smith 2015 - Current
  • Gordon Benbow 2007 - 2015
  • Bernard Bonner 2005 - 2007
  • Roger Dallimore 2000 -2004
  • David Morrison 1999 - 2000
  • Gordon Espley-Jones 1998 - 1999
  • John Taylor 1996 - 1998
  • Keith Johnson-Harris 1995
  • Michael Dalton 1987-1995
  • Rod Cooper 1984 - 1986
  • William Baker 1983 - 1984
  • Major Bryan Bayly 1976 - 1983


Saints has an active alumni chapter in Malawi, Australia, and South Africa. A publication by former students of the federation era (federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland), The Federal Saints Journal, is distributed to Saints alumni in over 40 countries world wide.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Notable educators[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Welcome to the Federal Saints web-site, home of the Federal Saints Newsletter". Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Saint Andrew's International High School". Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ "top20highschools". Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
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