Highbury has a close relationship with both our big brother school, Kearsney College, and our sister school, St Mary’s DSG.

Kearsney College

Kearsney College is situated on the edge of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, a 35-minute drive from either city and just 5 minutes away from Highbury. Kearsney provides its 600 boys with a flexible offering of both boarding and day scholar options.

Kearsney College and Highbury Preparatory School have always enjoyed a special relationship, forged by their proximity, a shared traditional boys’ school ethos, and a history of providing a world-class independent education for boys. A unique affiliation between Highbury and Kearsney grants your son the advantage of a guaranteed entrance into Kearsney*. Highbury boys are well prepared for a smooth transition into Kearsney College, one of South Africa’s leading high schools. Highbury boys use Kearsney’s outstanding facilities for certain sports, such as astro-turf hockey, full depth waterpolo matches and squash practices, with a school bus available to shuttle boys up to Kearsney.

*Please note that Kearsney will guarantee acceptance for Highbury boys unless there are (1) serious remedial issues, as opposed to inclusion, which the school is not equipped to cater for, or (2) serious behavioural problems, or (3) a history of non-payment of school fees. Kearsney applies the same criteria to siblings and sons of Old Boys

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Saint Mary’s DSG Kloof

St. Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, in Kloof, provides a well-rounded education of the highest academic standards wherein each girl can maximise her potential and develop the skills and confidence to take charge of her future.

Highbury enjoys a close relationship with our sister school, St Mary’s, and our boys regularly meet up with the St Mary’s girls for outings and fun days, designed to encourage social interaction, friendships and an appreciation for the diverse range of skills that girls possess. Highbury and St Mary’s team up together for Inter-Schools events against co-ed schools such as swimming galas, and our teachers connect regularly as a valuable professional exchange.

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ISASA is the oldest, largest and most inclusive independent (private) schools association in the Southern African region. It is a non-profit organisation, which serves over 850 private schools representing a broad spectrum of socio-economic and cultural communities, religious affiliations, philosophies and educational levels, from pre-school to post-matric.

Phone: 011 648 1331


Highbury is a proud member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, through which we access the most up to date research on how boys learn best. Highbury teachers attend the annual IBSC conferences and come back full of inspiration and global best practice ideas to share and implement.

The International Boys’ Schools Coalition is a global non-profit organisation founded in 1995. Dedicated to the education and development of boys worldwide and the professional growth of those who work with them, Highbury benefits greatly from access to their expertise.

Download their PDF here on ‘Why a School for Boys?’


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