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Senior and FET phase

Senior phase: Grade 8 and Grade 9  

Our ethos is governed by Christian values, where learners are encouraged to explore and express their individuality within acceptable boundaries, and ultimately take responsibility for their actions. 

We guide them to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be. 

Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, critical thinking and the development of skills and values. Both individual and group work are evaluated. 

Curro Thatchfield produces a community of teenagers who know how to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives. 

Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). 


In this phase the CAPS curriculum is implemented, with Mathematics allowing for a more focused and problem-solving approach. The same literacy principles as in previous phases are included in the home language teaching, with a bigger emphasis on language. In the Science and Technology curriculum we focus not only on 21st century technology, but also on nanotechnology and a study of the Da Vinci inventions. This is all done with CAPS and the IEB in mind. 


  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Technology (Computer Studies, Consumer Studies and Technology) 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Arts and Culture (Music and Visual Art) 

FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12 

In the FET phase, learners make their subject choices. Curro offers learners a wide selection of subjects, enabling them to pursue these further for their chosen careers. Learners are thoroughly informed, enabling them to make wise choices, and are encouraged to include Mathematics and Science. In the FET phase emphasis is placed on thorough preparation for the IEB matric examination.  


We are very aware that, at the end of their school careers, learners need to excel in their matric examination to ensure access to tertiary education institutions and selection for their areas of study. Although we take Grade 10 to Grade 12 very seriously, we realise that a purely examination-driven approach is not the answer. For this reason, we prepare our learners for the broader world by encouraging them to become independent, creative and critical thinkers with good time-management skills. We also strive to develop a ove for knowledge so that our learners see the value in and importance of lifelong learning. An important skill in the workplace today is the ability to work as part of a team. At Curro Thatchfield, we foster this skill by encouraging collaborative learning. 


Curro has also developed an additional inter-Curro subject system to ensure that we have quality assurance across schools. This system extends well beyond examinations and questions banks, enabling educators to share resources, teaching ideas and material that can be used on tablets to enhance learning and the developments of 21st century skills.


Subject choice must include: 

  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy 
  • Life Orientation 

Three additional subjects which could include: 

  • Accountancy 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Life Sciences 
  • History 
  • Information Technology 
  • Geography 
  • Computer Applications Technology 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • Visual art