Roedean School (South Africa)

Roedean School for Girls is a private English medium and boarding school for girls situated in the suburb of Parktown in the city of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

Roedean School (SA)
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TypePrivate & Boarding
MottoHonneur Aulx Dinges
(Honour to the Worthy)
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
Established1903; 118 years ago (1903)
FounderTheresa Lawrence
Sister schoolRoedean School
School districtDistrict 4
School number011 647 3200
HeadmistressMrs Fiona Rogers
Exam boardIEB
Age5 to 18
Number of students815 girls
Schedule07:30 - 15:00
CampusUrban Campus
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)  Blue
School feesR138,000 (boarding)
R100,000 (tuiton)
AlumniOld Girls


The school was founded in 1903 by Theresa Lawrence and her close friend, Katherine Margaret Earle: two young women in their early thirties, both educated at the University of Cambridge. They acted as joint Heads of School during the years 1903–1930. It is a sister school of Roedean School in Brighton, England which was founded by three older sisters of Theresa Lawrence, namely Penelope, Millicent, and Dorothy.

The school began with 22 pupils, and was situated in a small house in Jeppestown, Johannesburg. In 1904, it relocated to its current site in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Sir Herbert Baker, a prominent architect responsible for many of Johannesburg's most historical houses and monuments, designed the original school buildings. The oldest structures include St. Ursula's Building and Founder's Hall. Over the years, additions have been made, but the signature Herbert Baker features, with arches, colonnades, unwashed brickwork, and courtyards have been maintained.

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Roedean's leavers write the Independent Examinations Board exams.

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