Hermannsburg School, Natal Midlands

Information: Hermannsburg School



Hermannsburg, Natal - GPS coordinates: S 29 02,537' E 30 47,814'

Type of school

Lutheran Education


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Co-educational, boys and girls

Grades Taught

Grade R - Grade 12 (Pre-Primary, Primary, High School and also Post Matric)


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Hermannsburg School's heritage dates back to the 1840s, when a Christian revival movement in Lower Saxony, Germany resulted in great interest in mission work. Pastor Louis Harms trained suitable young men as missionaries, sending them out with craftsmen to establish mission stations in Africa. Over the next 100 years, about 240 missionaries made the journey into Africa, and all of them would come to Hermannsburg first. Here they would learn isiZulu, before travelling through Zululand, Natal and Transvaal to start mission stations. The German families in these areas are descendants of those settlers.

The Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg was founded in 1856 by the first group of these missionaries, becoming the very first boarding school in Natal.

Did You Know?

  • Hermannsburg is the oldest independent co-educational school in KZN.

  • The school includes The Old Mission House, one of the three oldest, dated buildings in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • It features the oldest hostel building in South Africa.


Today, that legacy translates into a standard of academic excellence and a global approach to education. Our scholars are taught in a safe, accepting and tolerant Christian environment, with a focus on personal commitment and a well-rounded approach to life that fosters an attitude of integrity, commitment, responsibility and pride.

From the Pre-school and our "Little Oaks" to our Post-Matric programme developed to provide young adults with real-world skills, our holistic approach to education is designed to support scholars as they grow. .





Grades 1 - 7
At Hermannsburg, children can complete their formal schooling from grade 1 to grade 12 without the disruption of changing schools. The small classes, lifelong friendships and commitment to personal growth help create a unique learning experience. From grade 1 to grade 7, our scholars are taught the discipline required to achieve consistently strong academic results. Emphasis is laid on the basic foundations of learning - the ability to read and write, interpret and manipulate information and numeracy skills. A highly competent teaching staff educate the children in English, with isiZulu as the first additional language and German as the second additional languages using the excellent facilities available at the school.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child's Primary School careers. Children's learning involves a partnership between staff and parents. Parents are also asked to involve themselves in the school's cultural activities, contributing by cooking and baking for functions, helping at functions and participating in social events and fundraising activities..


High School
At Hermannsburg, we recognise the need to help develop confident, capable and adaptable young men and women. At our High School, we provide a holistic environment for scholars to pursue academic excellence, form life-long friendships and find their passions.
For our Grade 8 scholars certain subjects are semesterised, with summative examinations in June, in order to cover the workload more effectively. This approach to learning has found favour with teachers, scholars and parents respectively.

By the end of grade 9, our scholars have reached the end of the Senior Phase, and can make subject choices. Subjects offered at Hermannsburg include Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Life Science, Music, Physical Science & Visual Art. German is offered at Second Additional Language level.

In grade 10, scholars start the Further Education & Training (FET) phase. For this phase they must choose a minimum of seven subjects at the end of grade 9, which they will pursue to matriculation at the end of grade 12. English Home Language, a First additional Language (Afrikaans or isiZulu), Life Orientation and either Maths or Maths Literacy are then compulsory. Hermannsburg is committed to preparing all scholars for completing their grade 12 year successfully, ending with the IEB NSC examinations.

The IEB curriculum prepares scholars to think independently, with research, critical thinking and a creative problem solving all playing a role in developing a well-rounded education. The IEB curriculum is an international benchmark, and is the best combination of local and internal NSCs. Results show that IEB scholars are better prepared for National Benchmarking Test and have better results at tertiary levels. Depending on the choices made, our scholars are also offered the opportunity to obtain the internationally recognised German Language Diploma (Deutsche Sprachdiplom - DSD), as well as to take Advanced Programme English and Advanced Programme Mathematics which helps to open doors at universities in Germany and further abroad.


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