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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. 

  • Child Friendliness 
  • Positive Discipline 
  • Christian Ethos and Values 
  • Creative Thinking 

Curro's offering includes: 

  • Nursery, primary and high schools 
  • Balanced academics, sport and culture 

which is enhanced by: 

  • The Curro Curriculum Management and Delivery team (CCMD)
  • Aftercare, holiday care and hostel facilities 
  • School transport 
  • Online shopping and communication 
  • Specialised educator training 

Curro sees the written curriculum as fundamental to its offering and, if the taught curriculum aligns with the intentions of the written curriculum, successful learning takes place.  

Through its 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 
  • Meridian Schools 
  • Curro Select Schools 
  • Curro Castle Nursery Schools 
  • Curro Academy Schools
  • Embury Institute for Higher Education 

Curro schools accommodate learners from the ages of 3 months 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 expected in the ex-model C schools. School fees are kept affordable. A typical campus will accommodate 1 200 to 2 000 learners. 

Meridian schools and Curro Academy schools accommodate learners from the age of  five years 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 focussed and tuition at these co-ed schools is single medium (English). Co-curricular activities are offered, but these are limited. This is a very cost-conscious model. A fully developed campus will accommodate 1 500 to 4 000 learners. Hostel accommodation will be a feature at these schools. 

Curro Select schools were ordinarily added to the Curro group of schools as acquisitions, after which these schools retain their original well-established identities and ethos. The medium of tuition is English complemented by superior facilities and a rich heritage, tradition and good academic and co-curricular results. These schools are more expensive, with a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities on offer. The campus size varies from school to school, but generally they are situated on 10 to 15 hectares and accommodate from 1 400 to 2 000 learners. 

Curro Castles are nursery schools for learners from 3 months up to 5 years old and can accommodate up to 300 children. 

Embury Institute for Higher Education is accredited with the Council on Higher Education and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Embury offers full-time teaching qualifications, as well as in-service trainingThe college was acquired by Curro at the beginning of 2013 and contributes to Curro and public sector educator development.