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Our School Prospectus

Klood Senior Primary

History of the school:

Formal education began in Kloof mainly through the efforts of Mr. Clive Cheeseman, who petitioned the Natal Provincial Administration. In 1927 Kloof Government School opened with 41 pupils on the site of the present Pre-Primary School.

In 1960 the High School was built on its present site and in 1965 the Junior Primary was established. The Senior Primary moved into prefabs on what is now Massingham (Top) field.

Our new school buildings in Patrick Duncan Road were occupied in January 1969, under the supervision of Principal Mr. Gleadhall. Our current Principal, Mrs. Finch, was appointed in 2011.

Educational Philosophy:

The school strives to create a happy, relaxed yet disciplined environment, in which each pupil is encouraged to develop her/his own talents and abilities and to achieve their full potential. Emphasis is, therefore, placed on nurturing a well-rounded individual who displays enthusiasm, motivation and initiative.

The range of subject disciplines and a flexible timetable make it possible to suit the needs of individuals and to provide each with a sound education, with which they can proceed to high school. Each pupil is encouraged to set goals within a wide range of activities, both academic and extra-curricular. Participation, interaction and enjoyment, particularly in extra-curricular activities, is favoured over a ‘win-at-all-costs’ attitude.

At KSP we strive for “educational excellence through goal-directed activities”, in preparing our children for the future.

Admissions Policy

Right of Access:

The school believes that every child has the right to attend a school in her/his neighbourhood and that all children who live within the Kloof geographical area should be eligible for admission, subject to the application of valid educational criteria. A 7-point admissions strategy is applied. These include:

Age: No pupil should be more than 2 years above the average age of the grade to which admission is sought. A birth certificate or ID document will be required upon application.

Health: Notifiable diseases will constitute grounds for non-admission or removal of a pupil. Parents are required to produce a BCG as well as a DPT certificate.

Residence: Admission approval, as follows:
● Pupils from the school’s traditional feeder area, who already have siblings at our school, will receive preference;
● Pupils from the school’s traditional feeder area, but without siblings at our school;
● Pupils from outside our traditional feeder area will be treated on merit, provided all other criteria are met, may be accepted, at the discretion of the Admissions H.O.D./Principal.

Culture: The schools of Kloof should serve the community of Kloof. For this reason the KSP community has the right to make known its unique culture and ethos. Our school is an English medium school and offers South African languages, as follows:
● English Home Language (Language of Instruction)
● 1st Additional Language- Afrikaans; and
● 2nd Additional Language- Zulu.

Selection: Parents, on behalf of pupils, applying for admission to KSP should be selected on the basis of their ability to benefit from the high standards of education offered by the school. Preference will be given to Grade 3 pupils in the Kloof geographical area. All other applications will be placed on a waiting list and, at the discretion of the Principal, an interview may be requested. The pupil’s most recent reports and all other applicable documentation must accompany the “Application for Admission” form.

Partnership: The school believes that education is a partnership between school and home. Commitment, communication and co-operation ensures the success of this partnership.

School Fees: As a public school, the State’s contribution to the costs of running the school are limited to the salaries of staff, based on a quota which is measured against the number of pupils in the school (PPN). All other costs, including operational, capital expenditure, special projects and savings, must be met by the payment of a school fee, by the parent/guardian. However, provided other criteria, as outlined in this Prospectus, are met, no parent/guardian making application on behalf of a child, will be denied access purely on the basis of their inability to pay said school fee. For security reasons the school does not accept cash payments in excess of R50,00. All payments should be deposited directly into the school’s bank account, paid by cheque or electronic transfer. For banking details, please contact the bursar on 031-764 0211.

Physical Capacity of the School: The abovementioned admissions criteria are subject to the constraints of the physical capacity of the school in terms of the number of classrooms and the consequent number of pupils per classroom.

Excursions: During the course of the year, all grades are given the opportunity to visit Places outside the school, provided the excursion is directly related to the school’s academic programme.

Houses: The original 3 houses of Kloof Government School were named after the Royal Houses of England, but the first Houses of KSP were named, as follows:
Hendry: the red house was named after Mr. John Hendry, the last Headmaster of the combined school. Mr. Hendry was well known for his keen interest in developing the youth of all races.
Shepstone: the green house was named after Sir Theophilis Shepstone, Natal Administrator during the previous century. He was fully conversant with the laws and Customs of the Zulu people and was known as Somtseu, the hunter.
Richmond: the blue house was named after the 4th Duke of Richmond in Yorkshire. The Richmond Coat of Arms is partly included in the Kloof emblem. The area today Known as Kloof was developed on the Richmond Farm.
Field: the yellow house was included in1970. The house was named after the Field Family, who owned Richmond Farm. Take note of “Field’s Hill”, the climb from Pinetown to Kloof and the shopping centre opposite the station known as “Field’s Shopping Centre”.