Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa


On behalf of our school community, we welcome you to Somerset College. Somerset College offers an exciting and impressive educational experience, located on a beautiful campus close to Somerset West.

We are proud to lead the Preparatory and Senior Schools as educational communities which are professional, friendly, well-organised, happy and stimulating places of learning.

The strongest asset of the school is the quality of those who work and study here. In all that we do, we strive to discover, nurture and celebrate the potential of every student in our care.

If you would like to visit either of the schools, please feel free to contact our Admissions Officer, who will gladly take you on a tour of the schools. You are also very welcome to make a time to see either of us.

Head of Preparatory School
Mr Jan de Waal

"The value of independent, faith based schooling is the focus on educating and nurturing the whole child, offering learning experiences that reach beyond core academic areas. Not being dictated to in terms of pace and content, schools have the flexibility to adapt to the individual needs of young children in a smaller class environment."

Mr Jan de Waal, Head of the Preparatory School, was appointed as of January 2008, prior to which he was Head at Sweet Valley Primary.

He began his career as a high school teacher, worked in the corporate sector for a time, and also ran a school spanning Grades 1 - 12, where he discovered his affinity for the primary school environment.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree (History major) and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Cape Town.

Passionate about teaching, he is committed to the school's intent of 'celebrating potential'. He feels each and every child in the school should have a caring, nurturing environment which will assist in the building of self confidence and esteem needed to pass onto the next phase of the child's school career.

Head of Senior School
Meg Fargher

"Independent schools provide space and opportunity for choice, creativity, adaptability and pride of ownership among governors, teachers, parents and students. Independent schools contribute to educational biodiversity in South Africa and are a national asset."

Meg Fargher is the fourth Head to lead Somerset College Senior School. Prior to her appointment, she was Head of St Mary's School in Johannesburg. Thereafter, she opened her own education consultancy, successfully qualified as a mediator, wrote, travelled widely and consulted broadly in the education field before being enticed back into a formal leadership role. Meg has an abiding and deep interest in developing the positive potential in young people and in insisting that they avoid mediocrity in all facets of their lives.

Meg believes that schools should be edgy, enabling environments which allow students to flourish so that they can learn to know themselves. In order to flourish, students should be shown profound regard and be exposed to diverse opportunities. It is a given that excellent teaching, a hall mark of Somerset College, is core to academic success but it is an imperative that children are encouraged to think well and to think independently. Practising good thinking takes place not only in academic lessons but also during an array of extra-curricular activities and, most particularly, on the sports field where quick thinking and holding the thinking of the team in mind are vital. It is indeed true that, "All things are ready if our minds be so."

Excellent mindful education insists on significant exposure to the Arts, in order to develop creativity- an important attribute of the person well able to cope with the ambiguous and disruptive state of the 21st century. Therefore, the College takes very seriously its duty to expose students to many opportunities to enable them to develop their reason to live meaningfully and courageously and to become well-able to confront the challenges inherent in our 21st century world. The unique, excellent outdoor education programme at Somerset College goes a long way to ensuring that the students begin to develop a powerful path for themselves.

In essence then, once the skill of thinking well is acquired, it will create the space for our students to flourish in all their endeavours and contribute positively to a better environment, a better country and a better, more decent, more humane world.