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Attend An Exceptional Private Boarding School In South Africa

Are you a foreigner that is looking for a boarding school for your child to attend in South Africa? Are you looking for a private, academically focused school that is also affordable? You have come to the right place.

Bishop Bavin School in Johannesburg, South Africa currently has open positions (for students aged 8 to 18) in our boarding facilities, specifically for students not from South Africa. Simply fill in the form below to get all the information you need to make an informed decision on Boarding at Bishop Bavin School.

 An Inspired Environment With All The Resources For Success


 A Rich And Culturally Diverse Heritage

  Both Primary & High School Education

 A School With Strong Traditions

 Exceptional And Diverse Extracurricular Programmes

 Strong Academic Preparation For Years Ahead

Please fill in the form below to find out all you need to know about our Boarding.



Frequently Asked Questions

My child is not South African, can he/she attend your school?

Yes, absolutely! This webpage is specifically set up for students that come from foreign countries and we have positions open at our school specifically for foreign students. Simply fill in your details in the form further up on this page to find out everything you need to know (Visa requirements, school fees, Administrative steps to be taken) about Boarding in South Africa, specifically at Bishop Bavin School.

English is not my child's first language. Will this be a problem?

Bishop Bavin school prides itself in its ability to help students from none English speaking backgrounds. We make sure that no child is left behind! We have students from many different countries and we have a Language Centre that is designed to cater to the very specific needs of students that do not speak English as a first language. Read more about our Language Centre by CLICKING HERE.

What grades do you offer / what age children do you accept?

Bishop Bavin School offers education for children of a nursery/kindergarten school going age up until high school, when they are then prepared for college/university. Our boarding school has places available for children from 8 to 18 years of age.

How much are the fees at Bishop Bavin School?

CLICK HERE to view Bishop Bavin School’s latest school fee guide, quoted in South African Rands. Simply Google the Rand exchange rate with your currency to get a rough guide on what our school fees will cost you in your local currency or feel free to chat with us about the exchange rates if you are still unsure.

I'm interested in applying, what is the next step?

Great! Simply fill out the form on this page and we will contact you to discuss everything you need to know about attending Bishop Bavin School.

Does Bishop Bavin School accept both male and females students?

Yes, Bishop Bavin School is a Co-Educational school and accepts both male and female students. Our boarding school thus has separate facilities that cater to the needs of both girls and boys.

Who Are We?

Bishop Bavin School welcomes children from all walks of

life regardless of race, culture or religion. At Bishop Bavin

our diversity is embraced and each child is seen as part of

our family.

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Interesting Trivia

Founded in 1991

Bishop Bavin School was built on the same principles as its predecessor St George’s Home for Boys, which was founded in 1915. 

615 Students in total

We try to maintain a fair and balanced demographic which is reflective of the world in which we live. 

Academic Support

We offer additional support in all subjects in order to ensure that each individual can reach their “personal best”.

Signature Programmes

We offer programmes which enable our learners to develop the skills and knowledge which are needed in everyday life.

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Our Mission, Values and Honour Code

Bishop Bavin School’s mission is to motivate our children to achieve all their goals and we endeavour to provide our learners with the ability and desire to be the positive difference that our current world needs.

Knowledge is power’. This clever bit of insight is not a modern fad, it is at least 440 years old, formulated by philosopher Francis Bacon during the Enlightenment. We celebrate our learners and educators at Bishop Bavin, who work together diligently to ensure that education is still ‘hip and happening’! Teaching never ends at 14h10, and any day of the week and at any time, you will find our learners being extended in some way or another. Our Academic Programme can be summed up, with the words of former professional basketball player, ‘I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.’

Faith is important in the life of the school and this is symbolized by the centrality of the chapel on the school’s campus. The services in the chapel also provide a pivot around which much of the weekly life of the school is balanced. All the children in the Junior School have an opportunity to come together for chapel worship once a week. The Prep and College students attend Mass every alternate week on Wednesdays.

The cultural ambit of the school is alive and well at Bishop Bavin. Most of our children are involved in one way or another in our very busy cultural programme. We do a number of Olympiads, we participate in Public Speaking and the Eisteddfod which are all external competitions. Bishop Bavin School was also the initiator of the inaugural Southern African World Scholar’s Cup – an international Debating and Public Speaking competition. We also produce numerous stage productions and encourage our children to participate in choir, our music academy and various other exciting activities.

Bishop Bavin School has a sports programme which caters for all children. We believe that sports is the best way to learn life lessons which are not always provided in the classroom. Our main aim is to ignite a passion for sport and to ensure that our children live a balanced and healthy lifestyle which includes exercise. We have a strong and dedicated coaching team and our athletes are often awarded with National or provincial colours. A final thought to all participants: every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success and put its failures behind you. Always play the game to the best of your ability!

We are pleased to be one of very few schools who offer such a variety of boarding options. Our boarders are divided into girls and boys, seniors (8-12) and juniors (4-7). We also offer the option of weekly or full boarding. The boarders are well taken care of with in-house and residential staff members and there is no doubt that they are receiving both emotional and educational support. Choosing to have your child in boarding is a big decision, but parents can rest at ease knowing that with the competent staff we have your children are loved, supported and well taken care of.