MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 7 to 9)

A middle school is an organisational structure that best meets the needs of the early adolescent in such a way that each learner who leaves this phase: 

  • Has a healthy self-image that is based on self-respect
  • Has inculcated in their character values such as honesty, respect and integrity
  • Has confidence that allows them to take on challenges without being guaranteed success
  • Has a sustainable work ethic that will enable each individual learner to meet academic expectations

Formal introduction to college

Our Grade 7 learners are formally accepted into the high school during an induction ceremony held at the beginning of each year and to which their parents are invited.


Organisational skills

We workshop the following skills with our learners: 

  • Keeping an effective diary
  • Exam skills  time management and question-processing skills
  • Study skills
  • Effective filing



It is of the utmost importance that the learners acquire and practise certain skills in order to be successful exam candidates. We have identified the following skills as being important:

  • Time management in the preparation for exams
  • Time management in writing the exam
  • Techniques in answering a variety of question topics
  • Coping with the pressure of exams

However, we do not believe that excessive examining results in the successful acquisition of these necessary skills.  A more gradual introduction to exams allows for learners to be coached in their exam technique, and the exams are set in such a way as to facilitate this development. The result of this policy decision affects the number of exams written and thus only those subjects that have the greatest proportion of time allocated to them on our timetable are examined.  In taking this approach,  we have alleviated some of the stress that is associated with exams and we emphasise the educational principle that exams are NOT the only means of assessing our learners.

Gold bars and ACE

Gold bars are awarded at the end of each term to those learners who have achieved  an overall aggregate of 80% or more.  If a learner receives a gold bar in each term or achieves an average percentage of 80% or more over the four terms, they will receive an academic badge at the annual prize-giving ceremony.

ACE (academic and cultural enrichment)

ACE is a programme aimed at providing those learners who achieve in either humanities or sciences an opportunity to be enriched outside the classroom. We achieve this by arranging visits to the theatre, art galleries and universities.  Over the past five years, ACE has provided a great deal of motivation for our learners to achieve academically. The Grade 7 learners participate in this incentive programme from the beginning of the second semester. 

Below are the criteria for selection to the ACE programme:

There are two categories:

Humanities:  English*, Afrikaans, Social Sciences and Arts and Culture

Sciences:  Mathematics*, Technology and Natural Sciences

Grade 7:  82% in the Humanities OR 83% in the Sciences

Grade 8:  81% in the Humanities OR 82% in the Sciences

Grade 9:  80% in the Humanities OR 80% in the Sciences

*Please note:  English and Mathematics marks are doubled in the calculation.

We strive to develop age-appropriate leadership skills as well as qualities such as responsibility, empathy and integrity.  Organisational skills and personal management skills are also nurtured.

We recognise leadership roles in the following categories:

  • Sports captains
  • House captains
  • Library monitors
  • Grade R carers
  • Choir 

Grade 9 award ceremony

One of the most important functions of our middle school is to instil values in the lives of our learners. There is no doubt that these character traits will ultimately give each individual the capability and moral strength to succeed in the 21st century.  We believe it is important to acknowledge those Grade 9 learners who have developed and demonstrated sound values as part of their character, as they move into Grade 10. The learners are recognised for the following characteristics: good manners, leadership, perseverance, service to the community, service to the college, sportsmanship, all-round contribution to our middle school life, diligence, enthusiasm, goodwill and harmony.


In this phase, important issues pertaining to the learners' development – physical, emotional, cognitive, moral and spiritual – can be addressed in such a manner that we enable each individual to become an effective member of our society. Grantleigh provides an ideal environment, through the middle school, in which the young adolescent can thrive and develop the necessary skills to be an effective adult.