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Curro develops, acquires and manages independent schools in southern Africa. Curro makes quality independent school education accessible to learners across their different schooling models. 


Curro’s values are based on four key components namely:

  • Child Friendliness 
  • Positive Discipline 
  • Moral values
  • Creative Thinking 

Curro's services includes: 

  • Nursery, primary and high schools offering balanced academics, sports and culture.

which is enhanced by: 

Curro's schools apply 21st century teaching and learning methodology in classrooms, including the active involvement of technology. The Castles follow Curro's preschool curriculum, which was developed in-house. This assists in developing a child's physical, social and emotional well-being, while also providing a practical framework for both adult-facilitated and self-directed learning, laying the foundation before the child goes to primary school.

Curro considers the written curriculum to be the mainstay of its offering and believes that successful learning takes place if learners receive the taught curriculum in accordance with the intentions of the written curriculum. 

The ancillary services vary between schools and include boarding, aftercare, cafeterias, school transport and activity centres.

Curro provides the opportunity to learners from all walks of life to obtain quality education. It's product offerings are as follows:

  • 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). Excellent facilities and a significant number of subject choices and extramural activities are offered.

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, affordable 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.