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Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown

The Diocesan School for Girls or DSG is a private boarding school for girls, situated in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is one of the most expensive private girls' schools in South Africa.[1]

Diocesan School for Girls
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16 Worcester Street


TypePrivate, Boarding
MottoLatin: En Avant
HeadmistressShelley Frayne
Exam boardIEB
Grades4 - 12
Number of students520 girls
School color(s)Green
2016 FeesR 115 440.00 to R 187 260.00 p.a.(boarding)
R 51 210.00 to R 93 800.00 p.a. (tuition)



DSG is an Anglican school that was founded in 1874 by the Rt Revd Nathaniel Merriman, Bishop of Grahamstown for the Diocese of Grahamstown. The school is located in Worcester St, at the bottom of the West Hill of Grahamstown and is adjacent to St. Andrew's College and Rhodes University. Formerly, the girls were allowed little or no contact at all with their brother school, St. Andrew's College. This was changed in the early eighties as the pupils of both schools found themselves being integrated on an educational level. Ntombe Vabaza, appointed head girl in 2007, was the school's first black head girl.[citation needed]

Associated schoolsEdit

DSG shares close ties with other schools in Grahamstown: St. Andrew's College, a high school for boys and St. Andrew's Preparatory School, a co-educational primary school. Most girls enter the school in grade 4, coming from St. Andrew's Preparatory School. There are about 120 girls from grade 4 to grade 7 (the primary school phase) and 400 from grade 8 to grade 12 (the high school phase.) From grade 10 all the academic classes are shared with St. Andrew's College and are thus co-instructional. The DR Wynne Music School,[2] and a design and technology centre are shared with St. Andrew's College.


It is one of the top schools writing the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) exams.

IEB Results 2014 2015 2016
Number of candidates 69 68 86
Number of failures 0 1 0
University endorsement (%) 98 99 98
A aggregates (%) 33 38.15
A-B-C aggregates (%) 92 90
Subject distinctions 187 185 200

See alsoEdit


  • Lemon, Anthony (2004). "Redressing School Inequalities in the Eastern Cape, South Africa". Journal of Southern African Studies. 30 (2): 269–290. doi:10.1080/0305707042000215392. ISSN 0305-7070.
  1. ^ Matthew Savides; Taschica Pillay; Reitumetse Pitso; Jerome Cornelius (2014-10-30). "Wealthy South Africans spend big to get their kids the best education". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  2. ^ "Recital for piano, soprano and cello". 2016-09-05. Archived from the original on 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-17.

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