Curro develops, acquires and manages independent schools in South Africa.
Curro also provides educator training.
Curro’s mission is to make quality independent school education accessible to more learners.
Curro’s vision is to make independent school education accessible to more learners throughout South Africa, reaching 80 schools by 2020 and accommodating 80 000 learners.
Curro’s values originate from its founding date. As a group of concerned, dedicated and experienced educators, four key components were identified that had to inform the value system.
Curro sees the written curriculum as the fundamental ingredient of its product and if the taught curriculum can be received by learners according to the intentions of the written curriculum, successful learning takes place.
For too long, many schools have neglected the importance of dynamic curriculum development and in many cases placed too much focus on the achievement of sports results.
Through these values, Curro creates a balanced educational arena in which many co-curricular activities such as sport and culture can be enjoyed by learners whilst not losing sight of the core essence of a typical school, namely successful learning.
To achieve the vision, Curro divided the original brand into six brands, or lines of business.
CURRO SCHOOLS accommodate learners from age 3 to grade 12. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 learners per class and the IEB (Independent Examinations Board) examination is written at the end of Grade 12. These co-ed schools are traditionally parallel-medium (Afrikaans and English) from Group 4 to Grade 9 and dual medium from Grade 10 to Grade 12. Naturally, a wide subject choice is offered in the FET phase (Grade 10 to Grade 12). These schools have excellent facilities and offer all the co-curricular activities one would have found in the ex-model C schools. The school fees are kept affordable. A typical campus will accommodate 1200 to 2000 learners.
MERIDIAN SCHOOLS and CURRO ACADEMY SCHOOLS accommodate learners from age five to Grade 12 (Meridian Pinehurst from age 3 months). Classes accommodate up to 35 learners and these schools write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination at the end of Grade 12. Subject choices are focused and these co-ed schools are single medium (English). Co-curricular activities are offered, but these are limited to an appropriate variety. School fees are very affordable. A fully developed campus will accommodate 1500 to 4000 learners. Hostel accommodation will be a feature at these schools.
CURRO SELECT SCHOOLS were ordinarily added to the Curro group of schools by means of acquisitive growth. These schools keep their original well-established identities and ethos. Language of teaching and learning is English complemented by superior facilities and a rich heritage, tradition and good academic and co-curricular results. These schools are more expensive. A wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities are offered. The campus size varies from school to school, but generally they are situated on 10 to 15 hectares and accommodate from 1400 to 2000 learners.
CURRO CASTLES are nursery schools which accommodate learners from 3 months up to 5 years old. These nursery schools have facilities which can accommodate up to 300 children.
EMBURY INSTITUTE FOR TEACHER EDUCATION is a private higher education institution accredited with the Council on Higher Education and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Embury offers full-time teacher education qualifications, as well as in-service training for practising teachers. It was acquired by Curro at the beginning of 2013 and will contribute in terms of both internal and external educator development.