Consider Kearsney College 2018

12 January 2017

The following information will need to be submitted with the application:

  • Copy of your son’s unabridged birth certificate;

  • Copy of your son’s latest school report; the end of year Grade 6 school report to follow;

  • Proof of payment of the application fee.


Important dates for admission to Grade 8 in 2018

Monday 23 January 2017

Applicants are invited to apply for appropriate scholarships, if eligible

Friday 24 February 2017

Closing date for scholarship applications

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2017

NB: revised dates for the Open Weekend

Open Weekend for prospective pupils and parents

  • All applicants are invited and attendance is strongly recommended
  • Attendance is a requirement for all scholarship applicants    
  • Entrance/scholarship examinations are written

April/May 2017 (dates to be advised)

Scholarship interviews for selected shortlisted candidates

Monday 08 May 2017    

Scholarship offers made to parents

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Offers of places made to parents

  • The Acceptance Fee of R23,300 should be paid as soon as possible after receipt of offer to confirm your acceptance of the place offer.


Information Evenings 2017

Booking essential (  Please join us on campus at the applicable Information Evening. The Headmaster will give a presentation on the school and you will have an opportunity to chat to staff and boys. This is a good opportunity to discover more about Kearsney College and what it can offer your son. If you are unable to make the relevant date please contact us to register for an alternate evening.

Monday 30 January

Highbury Families

Wednesday 01 February

Johannesburg Information Evening

Monday 06 February

Highway Area and Pietermaritzburg/Midlands Families

Thursday 09 February

Greater Durban and South Coast Families

Monday 13 February

Durban North, Dolphin Coast and Zululand Families


Open Weekend

Applicants for Grade 8 2018 attend the Open Weekend on 11 and 12 March 2017. The Open Weekend is held during term time and is a wonderful opportunity for boys and parents to interact with our staff and pupils and gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the school and all that we offer. Boys enjoy an action-packed programme and stay over on the Saturday night, whilst parents have the opportunity to attend a series of talks addressing crucial aspects of life at Kearsney. Attendance is strongly advised for serious applicants and is required for scholarship candidates. Maths and English Entrance Examinations will be written by all applicants during the Open Weekend and Music scholarship candidates auditioned. 


Requirements for admission

An entrance examination, a confidential report from the applicant’s current school and the latest school report form the basis for assessment for admission. Selection is based on a boy’s perceived potential to thrive at and contribute to the College. Typically this would be a boy who gets widely involved at school, has positive relations with his peers and adults and who is happy to embrace our Honour Code and Code of Conduct. Please note that the number of places offered to pupils exceeds the limited places available. Kearsney reserves the right to only fill the number of places for pupils it is prepared to take and in such manner as it deems fit. Acceptance into Kearsney is entirely at the school’s discretion and the admissions committee’s decision is final.


Boarder or Dayboy?

Approximately 70% of Kearsney boys are boarders and over 90% of our pupils are from KwaZulu-Natal. Boarders may stay on campus or leave after sport with parents or approved families each weekend. There are usually two or three closed weekends per annum. Daily bus services from Berea, Westville and Umhlanga are available to assist dayboy parents, whilst Monday morning buses from Zululand, Ballito and Umhlanga assist returning boarders. Boys may change their boarder / dayboy status at any time preceding or after entry. Dayboys are integrated into the life of the boarding houses as much as possible, even staying overnight in the Houses by prior arrangement.



Please note that the Independent boys’ schools in KZN have an agreement whereby scholarships can only be offered at a prescribed date in May, as set by the Independents Schools Association of South Africa. As such, Kearsney will not offer or promise scholarships before said date.


Kearsney typically enrols boys from more than forty different schools and receives scholarship applications from over one hundred and fifty applicants. All applicants will be invited to apply for a scholarship should they feel they meet the criteria and this invitation to apply will be sent out on Monday 23 January 2017. The closing date for scholarship applications is Friday 24 February 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during April/May 2017. 


Scholarship criteria guide

Scholarships may be awarded for excellence in academics, sport or music, but all areas of involvement in school life will be taken into account. Attendance at the Open Weekend is a requirement for Scholarship applicants. The minimum criteria are:

                          Academic:           Outstanding academic track record (an average of more than 80%)

             (Mathematics Scholarships: an average of more than 85% for Mathematics)

Music:                  The expectation is that the applicant should be at least Grade 3 level for his chosen instrument, including voice.

Sports:                National, provincial or regional representation in one or more team sports in which the College competes.


Bursary applications

A bursary may be considered for boys who have performed at a high level in academics, sport or culture and who require financial assistance. Financial Assistance application forms can be obtained from the marketing department in May. The awarding of bursaries and financial assistance typically happens during June and July of the applicant’s Grade 7 year.


Contact details

Please contact us if you have any queries:            +27 31 765 9600

Marketing Director:       Robert Carpenter        

Admissions Officer:       Shannon Burgess                         

Marketing Assistant:     Cindi Polzi                           


Please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.  We look forward to seeing you in the new year and showing you more of this great school.


Yours sincerely,

Robert Carpenter: Marketing Director

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