Grade 8 – 12

The academic programme prepares our pupils for the matric certificate of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) who sit for the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate. IEB is an assessment body accredited by Umalusi, the South African statutory body responsible for quality assurance for school and adult assessments.

Grade 8, 9

This programme is an introduction to the core subjects for the matric curriculum: English, a second language, either siSwati or French or Afrikaans, Mathematics, Natural Science, Economics & Management Science, , ICDL, Engineering Graphics & Design, Geography, History and Life Orientation. There is also a Library period where pupils are encouraged to read for enjoyment and introduced to various research techniques.

Grade 10 Academic Programme

Towards the end of the Grade 9 year, pupils will need to make their final subject choice for Matric. English Home Language, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, a second language and Life Orientation are compulsory subjects. Thereafter the choice is made from Accounting, Business Studies, Art, Computer Application Technology, Engineering Graphics & Design, Geography, History, Information Technology, (Mathematics at 70% is the requirement), Life Sciences (formerly Biology), Physical Sciences. Our pupils are encouraged to choose more than one subject which may be relevant to their career path. Career guidance is given during Life Orientation.

The Subject Choice Guide is given to Grade 9 pupils at the end of Term 2 in order that a considered choice be made.

Grade 10, 11 & 12

From Grade 10 pupils prepare for the final National Senior Certificate of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) which is internationally recognised. The majority of Sisekelo pupils enter university or university of technology. Those who are accepted generally do so without having to complete a bridging course. This examination is written by most of the independent schools of southern Africa.


The academic year is divided into six cycles. Five cycles constitute the Continuous Assessment and the year-end examinations form Cycle 6. The Home Room teacher, together with the subject teacher and the Head of Academic Studies monitor the progress of each individual pupil. In line with the requirements for the National Senior Certificate, all subjects are assessed formally and informally at least twice in each cycle.


The Grade 12’s write three examinations, a midyear exam, a trial exam and the external Final Senior Certificate.

Grade 8 – 11 write end-of-year examinations in November. Where ever appropriate these papers are set in the format similar to the structure of the Final papers in grade 12. Students are expected to attend school during the examination period even on days when they are not writing a particular subject. Study sessions are supervised according to the prep timetable. Pupils are permitted to use their home rooms for study after the supervised periods.


Each pupil receives six reports per year. There are three midterm Effort and Attainment Reports and three End of Term full reports. Midterm Effort and Attainment reports are given to the pupils to take home, while End of Term reports are handed to parents only.


Students who are not achieving according to their ability may be placed on a Daily Observation Report which deals expressly with progress on a daily basis. In certain instances, parents may be required to sign these on a weekly basis. Parents are encouraged to make appointments to consult regularly with teachers as and when they deem it necessary.


1 on 1 and Group Special Needs Teaching


  • 24/7 on site
  • Individual and Group Counselling
  • Transition Counselling
  • Leadership Guidance