Epworth School

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Epworth School in Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, consists of a co-ed prep school from Grade RRR to Grade 7, and a private girls-only high school from Grade 8 to Grade 12. The 16 hectare campus offers boarding for high school girls and a fantastic range of sport and academic facilities. Epworth School currently has 415 students in the prep school and 368 students in the high school.


Epworth School was founded in 1898 by Miss Emily Lowe and Miss Emma Mason and named after the birthplace of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The school opened its doors on 3 August 1898 with an initial enrolment of 45 children (19 juniors and 26 seniors) of the early Natal settlers.

The school motto is Fida Humana Fortis which means “Faith, compassion, courage.”


The 2014 matriculates achieved a 100% pass rate in IEB National Senior Certificate.


Epworth is the top school in South Africa for squash and canoeing, and offers a variety of other sports. It is well known for its adventure programme which involves cycling, running, hiking, and kayaking.


  • 6 all-weather tennis courts
  • Computer centres
  • 2 hockey/cricket/rugby/soccer fields
  • 5 netball courts
  • Mini tennis facilities
  • Multi-purpose indoor centre with basketball, indoor hockey, netball, and tennis courts
  • 10 lane, 25m swimming pool
  • Springboard diving facility
  • 4 glass squash courts
  • Gym hall with sprung floor
  • Full cross-country course
  • AstroTurf
  • Epworth Chapel

Prep school facilities

  • Bird Hide and Science Garden
  • Computer Centre
  • Multi-purpose centre
  • Smartboard room
  • Technology room
  • Learning support facilities
  • Media centre
  • Assembly room
  • Aftercare

High school facilities

  • Lecture theatre
  • Team teaching room
  • Computer centre
  • Media centre
  • Dining hall
  • Boarding facilities for Grade 6 - 12 girls


The school offers academic, cultural, and sport scholarships for pupils entering Grade 8.



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