Kings School Nottingham Road

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King’s Preparatory School was founded in 1922 but the main bulidings date back to the 1850's.
Kings was one of the first private schools to admit children from all races, in the seventies.
The government removed the state subsidy but the school survived on donations and attracted a lot of children of black professionals, and became one of the few really mixed schools where children of different races mingled happily.
Today Kings is pretty much a reflection of the country and about two thirds of the children are black. There are about 75 children.
For over eighty years, King’s has offered excellent academic standards. Teachers follow contemporary teaching methods and are highly qualified, possessing among them doctorates, masters and degrees in education. Teaching takes place in classes of twelve on average, which ensures children receive extra attention and support. Learners are generally accepted by the high schools of their choice.

There is a family atmosphere that is a consequence of small classes, the size of the school – about eighty – and the Mitchell family that has been at the heart of King’s since the 1930s and which attracts like-minded staff. This sense of belonging embraces the children, the staff and the parents and provides a supportive environment that is conducive to learning and growth.

In this atmosphere, King’s seeks to instill a sense of moral integrity that includes a commitment to hard work, honesty, courtesy and respect for one’s self and others. When striving for this, the school believes in intelligent discipline based on self-regulation and cooperation. It aims to maintain an ethos of relaxed rigour and to restrict the impact of excessive compliance, which reduces the scope for creativity and limits performance. The school tries not to let the minutiae of school life burden the children’s spirit or their creativity, and encourages children to be questioning and independent. The effect of this approach is shown by the fact that children from King’s have a tendency to be entrepreneurs and to set up their own businesses.

King’s is an integral part of its community. Some of the children attending the school are from local families who cannot afford to pay the full fees, and the school provides sponsored bursaries and fee reductions for them. King’s makes a contribution to local sport, arts and charities: it provides sport facilities and coaching for a neighbouring government school, visits and supports a local AIDS orphanage, offers drama bursaries and puts on plays, and organises and screens films. It provides a pre-school for the local community and a widely used recycling centre.

King’s has a strong environmental emphasis. Its grounds comprise ten hectares of gardens, forest
and natural wetland that provide an ideal opportunity for ecological education, and the school has used this to become one of only fourteen South African schools to have been awarded ‘international green flag status’ by the national eco-schools program. King’s achieved this by showing commitment to environmental learning and action projects such as its recycling centre for the last five years,
and was recently rewarded with a trip to Kenya to share ideas with schools there.

In sport, the school sharpens the children’s skills ands aims to promote values of teamwork and sportsmanship. King’s competes successfully against larger schools and achieves good results in hockey, cricket and soccer, where skill better mitigates a lack of size.

The school has a strong emphasis on drama: it provides bursaries for local children and enters and succeeds in competitions. Since the 1960s, the school has successfully produced a Shakespeare play on Speech Day.

Until his death three years ago, Peter Brown was the president of the board. Past patrons include Archbishop Denis Hurley and Alan Paton. The late John Carlyle-Mitchell was a member of the Liberal Party and close friends with Paton. All the Liberal Party members used to gather at the school on speech day.

The school has been in the Carlyle Mitchell family since the thirties, passing from father to son to the daughter, Tanya Carlyle Mitchell who now runs it.

In the late eighties a board of trustees was set up to help manage it. There are one or two other family members who are also teachers there at the moment, and it has a family feel, partly because of its size.