Cordwalles Preparatory School gives boys a solid foundation

Cordwalles offers a top class sports coaching.

CORDWALLES PREPARATORY SCHOOL, founded in 1912 by Michaelhouse, has over the past 105 years achieved its goal of instilling confidence, respect and self-belief in boys and offering them their best foundation for life.

Situated in a leafy suburb overlooking the city of Pietermaritzburg and enjoying extensive private grounds, Cordwalles specialises in Grade RR to Grade 7 and features boy-centred education with a focus on development of individual potential.



Small class sizes, combined with specialist teachers in the subjects of Drama, Music, Art, Zulu, Design and Technology and Information Technology, ensure the Cordwalles boys receive maximum exposure to many interests, skills and learning styles, which will equip them for an ever-changing and competitive world.

A comfortable boarding house accommodates boys from Grades 4 to 7 and this, together with a vibrant cultural programme, top class sports coaching and excellent sporting facilities, keep the boys active in both mind and body.

“Our pre-primary boys enjoy the benefits of our custom-built and spacious pre-primary block with all the fun of the putt-putt course, bicycle track and much more.”

Cordwalles is fortunate to have a well-equipped Environmental Classroom in the school’s private forest, with a stream running through it.

This offers many opportunities for the boys to study all manner of environmental issues and builds respect and appreciation for the environment in which they live.

This works in tandem with the school’s Arbor Day tree planting programme.

Social responsibility is bred through raising awareness for less fortunate communities and the boys are involved in many outreach programmes in Pietermaritzburg, especially with Ashdown Primary School.

Boys who require specific academic support are assisted through the academic support unit, which accommodates remedial, occupational and speech therapists working in conjunction with the class teachers.

All of the above help to instill critical core values such as respect, responsibility, courage, compassion and integrity, which are central to the ethos of Cordwalles.

“These opportunities are afforded to the boys, ensuring they leave Cordwalles with confidence and self-belief as the essential foundations for life.”

For further details please visit or contact Ruth Forder on 033 342 8548 or [email protected].


Bruce Douglas

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