Curro Brackenfell

Curro Brackenfell

Curro Brackenfell opened in January 2015 as an independent school in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and is known for its policy to always put the interests of its learners first. It is our vision that every learner will develop and grow to their full potential.  

These Curro learners are exposed to a quality learning programme in the fields of academics, sport and culture within which they can grow and develop their own, individual abilities. 

Curro Brackenfell provides an excellent, quality education, including sport and culture, to learners from Grade R to Grade 7. 

Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • English and Afrikaans-medium classes 
  • Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 
  • Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7
  • Controlled class sizes 
  • School times vary depending on the grade. Please see school times for more information. 
  • All grades end at 13:00 on Fridays 
  • Primary School aftercare: Every day until 18:00


Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 

In the foundation phase, we focus on teaching the foundational skills, concepts and knowledge which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, invitational atmosphere where the learners enjoy coming to school and where they acquire a love for learning, that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; therefore, there is less emphasis on competitiveness and more emphasis on individual achievement. We encourage opportunities for growth in independence and responsibility so that learners can take up the challenge of being personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase.  

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy  
  • Mathematics  
  • Life Skills 

Perceptual development forms an integral part of learning in the foundation phase, including gross motor skills, sensory motor integration, perceptual motor skills and language development. Robotics has been introduced as part of the curriculum.

Language and literacy  

Home language (English or Afrikaans) and first additional language (English or Afrikaans) 

In the literacy subject, we have incorporated the latest global trend of matching learners to book levels and of teaching guided reading and writing. This develops conceptual understanding at the learners’ own pace. Literacy skills are also taught using structured text types.


The curriculum has been written with a learner-centric, problem-solving approach leading to an individualised, well-developed number concept in young learners. This facilitates the successful learning of Mathematics as an abstract subject from Grade 4 to Grade 12.

Life Skills

We have added Robotics and Science to this subject as it involves design and a deep level of cognition, which underpins the learners’ creativity in using software to program their Lego educational toys. Collaboration is encouraged by allowing learners to work in pairs.

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Intermediate phase

Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 

In the intermediate phase, the emphasis is still on establishing basic foundations but learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. Application of skills and concepts is also a focus area in this phase. This phase aims to prepare learners for the senior phase in the high school. 

We aim to embrace 21st century learning by incorporating the use of tablets into our classrooms. We currently raise children who are ‘digital natives’. By embracing innovative technology into our school, we are speaking the language our learners understand. 


  • English home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Natural Sciences (Biology and Physical Sciences) 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Economic and Management Sciences 
  • Arts and Culture 
  • Information Technology 
  • Technology 
  • Music 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Brackenfell focuses on core subjects, namely Mathematics, languages, Science and Technology. 


The Mathematics curriculum has been rewritten to allow for a learner-centric, problem-solving approach. 


Curro Brackenfell uses an individualised approach of matching learners to book levels as well as using guided reading and writing when teaching languages. Added to this is the implementation of reciprocal teaching of reading to enhance each learner’s deeper reading comprehension.  

Science and Technology 

In Robotics learners build and program Lego robots for 25% of the tuition time. The Science curriculum has been adapted to include 21st century content and learning. 

IEB Assessments

Defining the IEB 


IEB stands for the Independent Examinations Board, a South African assessment agency that conducts assessment for schooling and adult education. It is accredited by Umalusi for examinations in schooling and adult education. It has also been appointed as the Assessment Quality Partner for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) for Foundational Learning Competence, a requirement in occupational qualifications at levels 3 and 4 of the NQF. The IEB has a training unit, IEB Assessment in Education and Training, which is accredited by the ETDP SETA. 


The vision of the IEB is to advance quality teaching and learning in South Africa through an assessment process of integrity, innovation and international comparability. 

The IEB is cognisant that assessment is essential in developing learners who are responsible South African citizens, able to negotiate the challenges of a global world.  Through our assessments, we are motivated to develop learners who are: 

  • critical users of information 
  • ethical reasoners 
  • problem-solvers 
  • creative and reflective thinkers 
  • lifelong learners 
  • society members respectful of diversity, particularly in the Southern African context 
  • active citizens who are committed to upholding the principles of the South African Constitution and the wellbeing of all people. 

The IEB supports the position that actively promoting quality education for every South African citizen is fundamental in establishing a just, open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights, in which cultural diversity is appreciated and embraced. 

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The IEB’s mission is to make a significant, on-going contribution to human resource development through the design, delivery and promotion of a wide range of high quality, affordable assessment products and services to all sectors.  


The work of the IEB is underpinned by a commitment to the following values: Integrity, respect, commitment and service, professionalism, communication, quality, teamwork. 

For more information visit the IEB website –

School calendar




Curro Brackenfell’s school fees are determined by considering several aspects required to maintain high-quality curriculum offerings and services offered by the school.

Download our school fee letter below:



A learner must benefit from Curro’s mainstream curriculum and it is therefore necessary to assess each application for admission. Applicants are assessed according to the normal entry requirements and, if necessary, personal interviews are requested. Successful enrolments are based on availability for the grade applied for. 

The enrolment process is as follows: 

Step 1 

The following documentation should be completed and submitted along with the application form: 





It is important to complete the application-for-admission form thoroughly and to attach ALL other relevant supporting documents indicated in the application-for-admission form. 

Step 2: 

Submit ALL required documentation to: 

Step 3: 

If successful, the parents/guardians/account holder will need to sign the Curro admissions contract. Once the learner has been accepted, relevant details will be captured, at which time parents receive an email confirming the learner’s status of acceptance and a family code. The account holder will receive an invoice for the once-off, non-refundable enrolment fee and the banking details. 

Step 4: 

Payment of the enrolment fee must be made to secure the learner’s place for the next academic year or term. (Please retain the proof of payment for record purposes.) 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Curro family.


Contact of Curro Brackenfell

Physical address:

67 Vredeveld Way

Postal address:

PO Box 571

Contact details: 087 285 4710


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