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Ridgeway Preparatory School was founded in 1997 in a church hall. It then moved briefly to a Masonic building and then finally to the current site on the outskirts of town. The setting, in the natural bush, is quite spectacular. The quaint classroom bungalows and large grounds foster an awareness of the environment whilst providing a nurturing space for pupils to learn and grow.

The College was founded with 30 children in an old farmhouse at the Prep (the current IT Room) in 1999 . It then moved to a house in town until May 2002 when we moved to the current premises in Leeu Street. The numbers had by then swelled to 80.

The two schools merged in 2013 to ensure sustainability. Ridgeway College was a Cambridge school from its inception to 2019, with the seniors writing IGCSE and AS examinations. The College received top achievement awards each year. In 2015, the College ran IEB and AS concurrently until 2019, when the last cohort of AS candidates wrote their final examination. We are now an IEB school. Whilst we have always focused on academics, we have dramatically improved in our sporting ventures. In particular, our athletics has emerged as a strength to be reckoned with (despite our small numbers).


We strive to be a centre of academic excellence in the Limpopo Province, advancing ideals of mutual respect, service, leadership, entrepreneurial thinking and an appreciation for the environment. We aim to extend our unique influence throughout our region, especially to those excluded for socio-economic reasons.

Mission statement

Our Vision is realised through commitment to a Mission which embraces these objectives:
  • To offer an affordable, broad, stimulating, academically rigorous and internationally benchmarked education.
  • To attract, retain and develop a teaching staff of the highest quality, committed to our ideal of developing each individual student’s unique potential.
  • To reflect in the school population the cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity of Southern Africa.
  • To work in partnership with the Sumbandila Scholarship Trust and other community organisations to extend our sphere of influence to include, uplift and learn from all sections of society, especially the most disadvantaged.
  • To instill in our students and staff the importance of community service and responsibility and respect for our natural environment.
  • To provide the skills and values for our students (internal and outreach) to take their places effectively in an increasingly complex and rapidly evolving society and to do so in a context which develops, encourages and celebrates an ethos of mutual respect, caring and enjoyment.
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