Academic Approach

St Cyprian’s School is affiliated to the Independent Examination Board (IEB). The academic programme is structured as the General Education and Training (GET) Phase and the Further Education and Training (FET) Phase. The IEB National Senior Certificate is written at the end of Grade 12.


Grades 8-9

The GET Phase (Grades 7-9) is generalist and broad in its subject offer. Our propostion at this level includes an integrated, project-based, real life approach that facilitates experiential, independent and collaborative learning in addition to the traditional establishment of foundational knowledge and skills.


  • Home Language: English
  • 1st Additional Language: Afrikaans OR
  • 1st Additional Language: IsiXhosa
  • 2nd Additional Language: IsiXhosa
  • Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • Natural Sciences
  • Design and Technology
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Social Sciences (History and Geography)
  • Arts & Culture:
  • Art, Design, Drama or Music
  • Coding
  • In addition, time is allocated within the timetable for the acquisition of one or more of the following key 21st century literacy skills: including language literacies, technological literacy, creative literacy, numeric literacy and thinking skills.


Grades 10-12

The FET Academic Proposition is in line with the national requirements for matriculation. Four compulsory subjects (Home Language, 1st Additional Language, Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation) and three other subjects chosen from the three line options constitute the offer. The subject choice falls into the following categories: humanities, sciences, business and art, and students can explore a generalist or specialist focus.

In addition, St Cyprian’s School offers opportunities to students to take up the IEB Advanced Programme subjects: AP Mathematics and AP English – but strictly as an 8th subject option.

The FET Academic Offer allows for the study of the 7 subjects required to fulfil the requirements of Matric.


Current Four compulsory subjects: Our offer
  • Home Language: English
  • First Additional Language: Afrikaans OR
  • First Additional Language: IsiXhosa OR
  • Business Studies for students with immigrant status
  • Mathematics (Mathematical Literacy only Grades 11 and 12)
  • Life Orientation
Current Three Choice Subjects: These are spread across three lines
  • Sciences: Life Science, Physical Science
  • Commerce: Business Studies, Consumer Studies, Economics
  • Humanities: Geography, History
  • Languages: isiXhosa Second Additional Language
  • Arts: Design, Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Music (by selection)
Advanced Programme Subjects:

The school offers access to students to take on additional advanced programme (AP) subjects, in the following areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Post-School Opportunities Rhodes Scholarship

St Cyprian’s School is one of a handful of partner schools eligible for the historical Diocesan College Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University were founded by the will of Cecil John Rhodes and have been operating since 1903 but was only extended to St Cyprian’s School in 2014. The advantage here is that the pool of eligible students is smaller than that of the South African Rhodes Scholarship proposal. Effectively, this means that our girls have a double opportunity to be selected. This highly prestigious scholarship for full-time postgraduate study, covers the costs of tuition fees and provides a living and travel allowance for successful candidates.

Ashley Pople, Matric 2010, was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for 2015.

Ashley was the first female recipient of the Diocesan College Rhodes Scholarship and the first student from St Cyprian’s School. Ashley has always been interested in the intrinsic links between social development and economics, resulting in her decision to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Cape Town, before specialising in Economics. In 2016, she completed a MSc in Economics for Development at Oxford University. Thereafter she was invited to continue with a PhD in Economics at Oxford through the Rhodes Scholarship –an amazing achievement from an extraordinary alumna.

Reflections on St Cyprian’s High School

My learning experience was by no means conventional throughout my five years at St Cyprian’s School. Being taught by strong, independently minded teachers encouraged me to think differently about the world. For instance, I will never forget our passionate Science teacher who taught us the basic principles of physics and chemistry with such rigour and enthusiasm, yet who was deeply rooted in her faith. We read novels drawn from the broadest spectrum of genres, which continue to serve as reference points today. History was brought alive through videos and songs, while we lived the languages we were taught by embracing its associated food and culture. In addition to being inspired by teachers, I was nurtured by warm and loving friendships throughout my schooling at St Cyps. These women continue to ground me to this day. St Cyprian’s School enables its students to develop self-awareness through its emphasis on life outside academics and its multitude of opportunities, be it in sport or community involvement. Beyond the classroom, my learning also took place in a three-month student exchange is the USA and through a Round Square residential service project in India. Perhaps more importantly, my involvements with initiatives that served our communities close to home bred a sense of purpose to engage with both local and global injustices today.


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