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OUR heritage

A brief history

When Sibella Douglas McMillan started Highbury School in 1903, Hillcrest was a distant hilltop a very long way from Durban. With faith in God and an indomitable pioneering spirit, she gathered together people - teachers, boys, parents, a community - who have grown over the years into the respected educational force which is Highbury today.

In 1968 the Highbury Society was formed and a Board of Governors, comprising business and educational people, now oversees the well-being of the school. The school also has well-established ties with leading senior schools in KZN and is proud of its many boys who have been offered scholarships to these fine institutions.

A Message from our Acting Head of School, Belinda Willows

Here at Highbury we are passionate about teaching and raising boys today for tomorrow. Highbury’s positioning statement ‘Knowing Boys’ speaks of Highbury Preparatory knowing how boys learn best, play best and love best. Since 1903.

Our school is home to quality teachers with talent and passion who delight in creating a boy-centred world of learning every day. Partnering with parents we strive to build young men of good character, self-belief and confidence who have grit, resilience and empathy. Every child is valued and nurtured so that he develops into a caring, responsible and respected member of society, with solid foundational building blocks in place equipping him for the many exciting challenges that senior school life will send his way.

This is done in a broad manner, covering academics, sport, cultural and pastoral spheres where the unique talents of our boys are discovered, developed and celebrated. It is a place where each young boy is encouraged to become everything God meant him to be when He thought of him first. Highbury is a vibrant, exciting, engaging and inspiring place of learning - the children are the very ‘heartbeat’ of the school. It is in these corridors, classrooms and playing fields that magical childhood memories are made by barefooted, happy boys.

Highbury | Core Values

  • Christian morals and values
  • Respect for self, others and family
  • Family responsibility
  • Trust - mutual and relational
  • Responsible citizenship within the community, society, the environment and globally

Weavers' Nest | Core Values

  • Christian morals and values
  • Respect for self, others and family
  • Trust
  • Acceptance of others
  • Respect for the environment