We at Northlands follow the
Revised National Core Curriculum – this syllabus has been modified from the
original Outcomes Based Approach to allow for a more traditional approach to
teaching where this would be of benefit to the teaching of a learning area.
Obviously class size is of
importance particularly with grade 1 pupils starting their formal education,
for this reason we keep our grade ones at a size which compares most favourably
with most private schools.
In order to keep abreast with
developments in education we have set up a twinning programme with selected
other schools whereby several teachers and learners attend a particular school
for a week and similarly we host teachers and learners of the other school.
After the twinning we go through a report back process in order that we benefit
from teaching methods and other aspects of school life that are being
successfully implemented elsewhere.
Our educators are a highly
dedicated group of people who at all times place the interest of the learners
first – in the unlikely event of problems developing with regard to a
particular learner, access to senior management is readily gained and the
matter is speedily resolved. We have an experienced school psychologist who
uses Northlands as a base who may be consulted should the need ever arise.
Furthermore we have a very good
working relationship with a highly rated remedial school in Morningside. Should
there be need for remedial intervention, Northlands Primary learners can gain
access to the remedial school, and then return to us to continue their
mainstream education once the problem is rectified.
Academically our pupils do
exceptionally well with 20+ gaining bursaries and scholarships annually to high
Currently we have past pupils who have bursaries/scholarships at;
Durban Girls’ College, Michaelhouse, Clifton College, Danville Girls’ High,
DHS, Glenwood, Northlands Girls’ High and Northwood. As some measure of the
success of our past pupils, in 2003 the head girls of Durban Girls’ College,
Danville and Northlands Girls High were all old girls.