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Kingswood College (South Africa)

Kingswood College is a private, Methodist co-educational school in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa attended by boarding and day scholars. Kingswood is a member of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa. The school leavers write the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

Kingswood College
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Kingswood College is located in South Africa
Kingswood College
Kingswood College
Coordinates33°18′14″S 26°31′52″E / 33.30389°S 26.53111°E / -33.30389; 26.53111
TypePrivate, Boarding
MottoStudia hilaritate proveniunt
(In cheerfulness, is the success of our studies)
HeadmasterJon Trafford
GradesPre-primary - Grade 12, and a post matric bridging year
Number of students700 boys and girls
School color(s)Red and black
FeesR86,150 to R157,710 for boarders
R20,850 to R88,725 for day scholars



Kingswood College is one of the oldest Methodist boarding schools in the country. It derives its name and ideals from Kingswood School, the 18th century college established by John Wesley [a] near Bristol, England in 1748.

The Reverend William Shaw was a Methodist minister who came to Eastern Cape as a member of Sephton's party of 1820 Settlers, he founded the Salem Academy in Salem in the Albany district in the 1830s. The Academy was subsequently moved to Grahamstown where it was renamed the Shaw College, and later the Wesleyan Collegiate School for Boys. In 1896 the Wesleyan Collegiate School for Boys was located on the site that is the present home of Kingswood College.

Kingswood College, as it is known as of today was in fact, founded by Daniel Knight in 1894 who later became Mayor of Grahamstown (1901-1903).[1]

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  1. ^ John Wesley was an Anglican priest who is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism
  1. ^ Southey, Nicholas Derek (1984). Period of Transition: History of Grahamstown 1902-1918 (masters). Grahamstown: Rhodes University. p. 354.
  2. ^ van der Poel, Jean (2007). Selections from the Smuts Papers: Volume VII, August 1945-October 1950. Cambridge University Press. pp. 420–. ISBN 978-0-521-03370-1.
  3. ^ Humphreys, Maggie (1997). Dictionary of Composers for the Church in Great Britain and Ireland. A&C Black. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-0-7201-2330-2.

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