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Community involvement through Uplands Outreach


An eclectic mix of nationalities and cultures


World-Class Sporting Facilities


Rooted in tradition and steeped in History


Africa’s best fully-integrated day and boarding school

Ranked amongst the top independent schools in South Africa

Uplands is one of Africa’s leading independent co-educational family schools following the traditions of the Anglican Church. The school offers quality holistic education to pupils from 18 months to Grade 12, with outstanding boarding facilities from Grade 4 upwards. A contemporary school, Uplands has a proud tradition with a proven track record of success with almost 100 years of timeless quality and values.

Uplands delivers an engaging and globally relevant curriculum suited to our diverse pupil body. This is achieved through a skills-based approach which promotes a culture of learning, creativity, critical thinking, social growth, inclusion (transformation and diversity) and talent realisation. Pupils benefit from building effective relationships through inspired collaborative and innovative engagement.

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Set in an area of extraordinary scenic beauty, Uplands is located on a spacious 110-ha country estate in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa. We have exceptional facilities in the academic, sporting, cultural and Outreach space. Our dynamic and supportive staff provide individual attention to all pupils within the family-friendly environment from 07h30-16h30 for day scholars and 24 hours for boarders (weekly/termly) so that each pupil thrives.

The full-day integrated programme is fully inclusive of the required meals and teatime snacks, sport, culture, community service sessions, supervised homework sessions and extra-curricular activities.

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Uplands follows the IEB curriculum, the independent assessment body is recognised internationally. An IEB NSC is a Proudly South African qualification that is equivalent to the UK AS level.

Executive Head Welcome Message

With our spacious school campus and exceptional facilities for both day pupils and boarders, Uplands seeks to develop interested and interesting young people who are self-confident, integrated and happy in a changing world. Our pupils are creative, critical thinkers who embrace change and develop lasting, healthy relationships. At Uplands, all our children are known and given space to grow and thrive.

A tour of Uplands Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, College and Outreach will quickly reveal our unique welcoming, relaxed family atmosphere, where children bring life, energy and laughter to our picturesque campus, located on a 110-hectare estate. A dynamic, nurturing culture of education has defined who we are since our beginnings in 1928. Our professional, competent staff continually seek to highlight the value of a well-rounded, balanced experience for each child, while also upholding high expectations and uncompromising standards. We believe that our emphasis on adaptability, human connection and collaboration, and engaging with the wider world, together with the ability to think critically and find solutions, is of great benefit to our pupils, not only at school but in their future tertiary studies and adult lives.

At Uplands, we invite all our pupils to be the best they can be. We encourage them to challenge themselves to improve, to be brave and to take risks, fostering a sense of self-belief that provides the strongest possible foundation for happiness and success. Our adventurous Grade camps, Courageous Challenge initiative and The Journey are some of the experiential learning highlights our pupils mention when reflecting on their schooling at Uplands. Ultimately, our aim is to provide robust, quality academics alongside a rich, well-rounded, individualised experience for each child, so that they may thrive.

Without doubt, the best way to get to know us is to come and visit us, to see our campus and to meet some of our talented pupils and staff. You are guaranteed a very warm welcome.

Sean Carlisle
Executive Head

Dear Mr Laing -

I just wanted to share a short positive note from my experience supporting Uplands this weekend at the Johannesburg sporting event!

Not only was I extremely impressed with the level of sport being played, but I was also just extremely proud to be associated with the Uplands family.

I felt like there was such a high presence of Uplands supporters and I think that is due to the awesome communication we receive regarding fixtures that are posted on social media sites.

This weekend made me feel like such a proud past pupil.

So thank you to the staff and students for being the best ambassadors for
their school, I can’t wait to be back in the area soon for a visit.

Kind regards,

Shannon TodClass of 2014
13 June 2024

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