Welcome to The Heritage School and thank you for your interest in our school. I encourage you to thoroughly explore our website as an introduction to our exceptional co-educational independent day school.
The Heritage School is one of Zimbabwe’s finest independent schools. It’s a happy community with a warm, welcoming personality. New, yes, with twenty-first century facilities, we offer staggering breadth and first division academic performance to over twelve hundred pupils, aged three to eighteen. We function as one school through a clearly articulated curriculum developed from British National curriculum and adapted for Zimbabwe. At The Heritage School the work of our teachers and the lives of our students are shaped by our Mission Statement and the ideals of our motto, “Alta Pete” (Aim High).
Founded in 1997, By the Austin & Pangeti Families, we are a school that promotes and honours hard work, creativity, civility and generosity of spirit. Our curriculum provides an extraordinary array of academic, artistic, sporting and leadership opportunities for students. We are a diverse, dynamic and cohesive community and we continually strive to provide what is best for our students.
While over a three quarters of our families hail from Zimbabwe, we also draw students from many other counties, giving our school a very international flavour. Families and students choose The Heritage School because it is a challenging and supportive school that seeks to know and fulfil the potential of every young person. Our graduates attend many of the finest colleges and universities around the Globe
Our teachers are coaches, advisors, mentors, artists and scholars. They have chosen The Heritage School for the calibre of the student body, the quality of our programs, our positive partnership with parents, and an institutional commitment to each teacher’s professional growth that is second to none. Together, we provide a challenging, transformative and nurturing school environment.
If you want a caring environment offering exceptional A level performance; nationally recognised sport; and a creative arts scene delivered with passion and pizzazz in a large, happy family community of committed young people, then please do come and visit and experience our school in action. You will be warmly welcomed.
The Senior Department of The Heritage School is the natural continuation of the Junior Department and is, therefore, based on the same principles, ethos and aspirations.
This document provides some detail on the academic, social and extra-curricular activities, but in order to get a real feel for the school’s quality, style and atmosphere, parents are asked to make an appointment to visit
AIMS OF THE HERITAGE SCHOOL
The aims of the Senior Department are to provide a liberal, academic and cultural curriculum, and to teach students the process of deductive reasoning so that, from facts, they can draw conclusions. We encourage students to take responsibility for learning, in order to gain choices for their future career.
Academic progress is the major but not the only goal; personal and social development are key aspects and the full co-operation of the family is sought.
One of the aims of the school is to foster understanding and respect between different cultures and peoples.
Throughout the School, an important criterion for a student’s performance is conscientious hard work rather than academic success per se.
The Senior Department of the Heritage School follows an amalgamated curriculum of both the Zimbabwean and British secondary schools.
Students in Forms 1 and 2 begin their studies in the following subjects;
English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, French, Shona, Geography, History, Information Communications Technology, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education, Music, and Food Science.
Students in Forms 3 and 4. begin to select the subjects to be taken at IGCSE level with the help of their teachers and parents.
It is expected that students will take as many IGCSE examinations as they are able in order to have a wide general education.
The Heritage School is an approved examination centre for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.
It is hoped that a considerable proportion of Heritage students will continue their education at University or other colleges of further education.
GENERAL INFORMATION UNIFORM
The Heritage School uniform is smart and practical and sets a standard of dress which is compatible with a good standard in work, speech and behaviour.
The Sixth Form have a different colour code, and the Senior Prefects wear a different tie and blazer. All school clothing is to be purchased from the school shop and should be named.
A high standard of behaviour is insisted upon and mutual respect, good manners and cooperation are expected from all. The aim is to instill self-discipline. However, when necessary, disciplinary sanctions are applied. It is expected that discipline will become an assumed rather than an imposed framework for responsible behaviour.
Homework is regarded as an essential part of the curriculum and all students are expected to carry out homework assignments. The nature, duration and complexity of the tasks varies according to the subject, age and ability.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Enthusiastic participation in extra curricular sport and club activities including the performing arts are vigorously sought. The school believes that sport and social activities are an essential element in the education process. Competition is encouraged. A high regard for sportsmanship is of paramount importance. The school has teams in Rugby, Cricket, Basketball, Swimming, Hockey, Athletics,Tennis and Cross-country. Teams participate in inter-school competitions and matches. We have various outward bound courses, and educational visits both locally and abroad. We also give major concerts and musical shows each year, and have a fine choir.
We have three terms with the school year beginning in January, entry may be throughout the year when places become available. The main entry points are at Form One (12+ yrs) and at lower sixth (16+ yrs). Students have to sit an entrance exam and both prospective student and parents are interviewed. We also require a satisfactory report from the student’s present school.
WHERE TO FIND US
Head out of Harare on the Borrowdale Road, passing the Borrowdale Racecourse, and the Borrowdale shops on your right. When you see the Borrowdale Police Station on your left and B.P. and Total garages on your right, turn right into Crowhill Road. The school is 4 kilometres down this road on the right. Enter the gates of The Heritage School on your right off Fairway Drive.
The Heritage School (Secondary),