Curro Mount Richmore (Ballito)

Curro Mount Richmore (Ballito)

Curro Mount Richmore is an independent school in Salt Rock, set in the scenic Mount Richmore Estate on the North Coast of KZN. It is a co-ed, parallel-medium school that opened in January 2014.  

We cater for children from Group 1 (children from 3 months old) to Grade 12. The Curro Castle nursery school caters for little princes and princesses aged 3 months to 5 years.  

Curro Mount Richmore is a mainstream school and we teach an enhanced South African national curriculum. Learners are prepared to write the Independent Examinations Board exam at the end of Grade 12. 

Curro Mount Richmore aims to become a beacon of educational excellence in KZN. Our learners should enter the outside world as learned, grounded, rounded, self-disciplined young men and women who have a global understanding of their own innate abilities and an absolute passion to become more educated and make a difference. 

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Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • Teaching language: English and Afrikaans 
  • Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 
  • Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 
  • High School phase: Grade 8 to Grade 12 
  • Class size: 25 learners per class 
  • Aftercare available (every day until 17:30) 
  • IEB examination

School times: 

Grade R to Grade 2 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays): 07:25 to 13:00 

Grade R to Grade 2 (Tuesdays and Thursdays): 07:25 to 14:20 

Grade 3 (Mondays and Wednesdays): 07:25 to 14:15  

Grade 3 (Tuesdays and Thursdays: 07:25 to 14:20 (Fridays to 13:00) 

Grade 4 to Grade 7 (Mondays to Thursdays): 07:25 to 14:20 (Fridays to 13:00) 

Grade 8 to Grade 12 (Mondays to Thursdays): 07:30 to 14:20 (Fridays to 13:00) 




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. 

Our educators are dedicated to ensuring that each and every young learner’s needs are met through helping them discover their greatness and then nurturing them to develop this greatness too. The staff attend numerous training sessions to ensure that their professional growth is maintained. The learners are happy and friendly and feel proud to be part of the Curro Mount Richmore family. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

Perceptual development forms an integral part of all learning in the foundation phase, and includes gross motor skills, sensory motor integration, perceptual motor skills and language development. Robotics has been introduced in this area.

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. 

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  • English or Afrikaans home language  
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences (with Robotics) 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Life Skills (Art, Physical Education, Bible, Health and Wellbeing) 
  • Life Orientation (Grade 7) 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS, Grade 7)
  • Arts and Culture (Grade 7) 
  • Technology (Grade 7) 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Mount Richmore 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 Mount Richmore 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.

Senior and FET phase

High school phase: Grade 8 and Grade 9  

Our ethos is governed by Christian values, where learners are encouraged to explore and express their individuality within acceptable boundaries, and ultimately take responsibility for their actions. 

We guide them to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be. 

Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, critical thinking and the development of skills and values. Both individual and group work are evaluated. 

Curro Mount Richmore produces a community of teenagers who know how to think innovatively, express their ideas and take charge of their own lives. 

Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). 


In this phase the CAPS curriculum is implemented, with Mathematics allowing for a more focused and problem-solving approach. The same literacy principles as in previous phases are included in the home language teaching, with a bigger emphasis on language. In the Science and Technology curriculum we focus not only on 21st century technology, but also on nanotechnology and a study of the Da Vinci inventions. This is all done with CAPS and the IEB in mind. 



  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics  
  • Life Orientation 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) 
  • Arts and Culture only in fact sheet, not source document] 
  • Technology 
  • Music only in fact sheet, not source document] 
  • Bible [only in fact sheet, not source document] 
  • Creative Arts [not in fact sheet, only source document] 

Curro Mount Richmore provides the following in the senior phase: 

  • Committed and passionate staff 
  • IEB-aligned staff 
  • Individual attention through small class sizes (maximum of 25 learners) 
  • External moderation of exam papers 
  • IEB cluster groups 
  • CCMD subject advisers who direct curriculum-enhancement programmes 
  • The opportunity for learners to participate in national subject competitions – Maths Olympiad/science expos  
  • The chance for learners to join in Afrikaans eisteddfods/debating competitions 
  • Maximum use of technology during lessons 
  • Weekly testing cycle to monitor learning progress 

FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 11 (Grade 12 in 2018) In the FET phase, learners make their subject choices. Curro offers learners a wide selection of subjects, enabling them to pursue these further for their chosen careers. Learners are thoroughly informed, enabling them to make wise choices, and are encouraged to include Mathematics and Science. In the FET phase emphasis is placed on thorough preparation for the IEB matric examination. 


We are very aware that, at the end of their school careers, learners need to excel in their matric examination to ensure access to tertiary education institutions and selection for their areas of study. Although we take Grade 10 to Grade 12 very seriously, we realise that a purely examination-driven approach is not the answer. Curro has developed an additional inter-Curro subject-head system to ensure that we have quality assurance across schools. This system extends well beyond examinations and question banks, enabling educators to share resources, teaching ideas and material that can be used on tablets to enhance learning and the development of 21st century skills. 

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Subject choice must include: 

  • English or Afrikaans home language 
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy 
  • Life Orientation 

Three additional subjects which could include: 

Grade 10 to 11: (Grade 12 subjects in 2018) 

  • Geography  
  • Information Technology  
  • Computer Applications Technology (CAT)  
  • Physical Sciences  
  • Accounting  
  • Visual Arts  
  • Life Sciences  
  • Business Studies  
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD)  
  • Drama


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.






Curro Mount Richmore’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:





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: 

  • Physical address: Curro Mount Richmore Independent School, Mount Richmore Estate, 1 New Salt Rock Road, Salt Rock 
  • Email address: 
  • Enquiries: 087 285 1671

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.)

Contact us

Physical address:

1 New Salt Rock Road, 4391

Postal address:

PostNet Suite 349
Private Bag X0001

GPS coordinates: S 29˚ 29’ 43.58” E 31˚ 13’ 45.58”

Contact details: 087 285 1671


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