Teaching and Learning is at the centre of school activities at St David’s. The school writes external examinations under the auspices of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). The management structures, resources and systems in the school exist to support what happens in the classroom. Over the years St David’s has built up a reputation for high academic standards and a good work ethic. The school curriculum follows the requirements of the South African curriculum statements. The aim is to have teaching methods that are varied, and appropriate to the contents of the syllabus. Pupils are generally taught in mixed ability classes, however, some subjects are set according to results the previous year. The assessment system includes tests and examinations of appropriate kinds to evaluate the pupils’ progress. Major Exams are held every July and November for all Grades. Reporting on progress takes place at the end of each term. Parents are encouraged to monitor their sons’ progress during the term and to contact the school if they have concerns.
In Grades 8 & 9 the school offers an education which accommodates the requirements of the General Education and Training Certificate programme (GETC).
The Grade 10 and 11s are following the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) and this will be phased into grade 12 in 2008. St David’s will continue to sit examinations set by the IEB.
These are given in all academic subjects weekly. The times of these lessons appear on the subject links or can be downloaded from the file under 'Related Items' below.
Extra tuition in Maths and Science is offered twice a week in the afternoons. These classes are run by university students.
Supervised Homework Sessions
The sessions are run by an academic staff member are held every afternoon of the academic year for one and a half hours after school. Details appear in the term diary.
The College offers support in all academic subjects through the services of a teacher trained in assisting older students with remedial needs. Mrs Sue Soulsby works with individual boys or small groups to address their specific academic problems. Remediation in high school is related directly to subjects. Boys therefore identify aspects of their work where they experience problems; this forms the basis of academic support lessons. Time management and study skills are integral aspects of support, along with assistance in preparation for tests and exams. Computer programmes to increase reading speed and comprehension in both English and Afrikaans are available; boys in Grades 8 and 9 attend half hour lessons during English or Afrikaans, once a week to use these, under Mrs. Soulsby’s guidance. Mathematics and mind-mapping computer programmes have recently been introduced to assist boys with revision and study skills respectively. Older students may use all these after school.
In accordance with IEB policy on inclusive education, internal concessions such as extra time in exams are allocated where needed. These concessions are formalized for matriculation purposes at the end of Grade 11.