Academics

The above video features details of academic records for IEB NSC results for 2020 and the preceding decade.

Academics – the number one priority

The academic ethos at the College is as competitive as the one enjoyed in sport and cultural arenas.

The College has an outstanding record of academic achievement in the IEB Matriculation Examinations. There has been a 100% pass rate for over a decade, with over 80% of boys receiving an A, B or C aggregate and a quarter receiving A aggregates. Our small class sizes, highly qualified staff and the emphasis on the use of state-of-the-art technology in the classrooms and laboratories is reflected in our boys’ excellent results.

The school embraces the benefits of technology in enhancing learning, with the campus being covered by a wireless LAN, allowing boys access to the highly developed Kearsney intranet and the internet and extensive use being made of SMART Boards and other ICT resources.

Preparing for a brave new world

Discover how Kearsney strives to equip pupils with the hard and soft skills, knowledge and character to succeed in the 21st Century.

In the wake of the rise of China as an economic powerhouse, Mandarin was introduced to the curriculum in 2006, further demonstrating our commitment to preparing our boys for success in life.

Kearsney has an excellent Inclusion Programme, designed to afford those with barriers to learning the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the excellent academic programme of the school.

Kearsney boys write the Independent Examination Board school-leaving certificate. The IEB’s credentials and integrity are acknowledged worldwide, granting boys opportunities to study at overseas universities. Furthermore, the critical thinking skills cultivated in preparing boys for the IEB examinations are those that are required to succeed at University and professionally in the 21st Century.

Kearsney College offers a comprehensive academic support programme. Read more.

Independent Examination Board (IEB) Results

2018 | 2017 | 2016
2015 | 2014 | 2013

Grades 10, 11 and 12 Subject Choices:

  • English;
  • Afrikaans or isiZulu;
    (Geography is offered in place of a second language to boys who have immigrant status).
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation.

and a choice of three other subjects from:
Accounting, Business Studies, Dramatic Art; Engineering Graphics and Design; Geography; History; Information Technology; Life Sciences (Biology); Music; Science; Mandarin and Visual Arts.

Further Reading

“Why independent schools excel academically”

Article in The Mercury, 20 February 2015

Independent Examination Board

Learn more about the Independent Examination Board.

Online learning during Covid-19

Read about the outstanding academic programme put in place from April 2020 for times when in-person learning was prohibited due to COVID-19 regulations. This has provided all our pupils with world-class tuition during periods of remote learning. Pupils without equipment or wifi/data are assisted by the College to ensure they have complete access to the online programme.

The following extract is from a Maths lessons as part of our Maths and Science excellence programme.

Snippet from Grade 11 online Mathematics lesson 

Academic excellence:

We are delighted to report the phenomenal results of the 2020 IEB NSC Examinations, in this, Kearsney’s Centenary year. The Class of 2020 have achieved an historic set of results and reinforced Kearsney’s reputation for academic excellence. Through their hard work, dedication, discipline and resilience throughout an incredibly disruptive year, the boys have made themselves, their families and their school proud. We congratulate the boys.

Please read the letter from the Headmaster providing highlights and more details. 


Read about the outstanding academic results of the Class of 2019.
Outstanding Matric Results – Kearsney Class of 2019