Curro Thatchfield

Curro Thatchfield

Curro Thatchfield practises a system of invitational education in which learners are regarded as able, valuable and responsible. 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 learners to follow their hearts and minds to develop into the best people they can be. Our dynamic curriculum covers problem-solving, creative thinking and the development of skills and values. Both individual and group work are evaluated. Learners are prepared for the matriculation examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

Quick facts: 

  • Co-educational (girls and boys) 
  • Language of Instruction: English 
  • Foundation phase: Grade 1 to Grade 3 
  • Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 
  • Senior phase: Grade 8 and Grade 9 
  • FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12 
  • Class size: 25 learners per class 
  • School times vary depending on the Grade. Please see school times for more information. 
  • Aftercare facilities are available 
  • IEB examination (Grade 12)


Reception phase

Foundation phase: Group 5 to Grade R 

At Curro Thatchfield our Early Childhood Development centre caters for learners in Group 5 (5years old) and Grade R (six years old).

In this phase we focus on four principles: 

  1. The unique learner:  Curro recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth and can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured.  
  2. Positive relationships: learners learn to be strong and independent from a foundation of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person (educator). 
  3. Enabling environments: our environment plays a key role in supporting and extending a learner’s development and learning. 
  4. Learning and development: our learners develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of learning and development are of equal importance and are inter-connected. 

We have created a centre of learning where learners can realise their full potential by providing a comprehensive, individual-orientated educational programme of the highest standard. 

Curro Thatchfield provides a sound foundation for carrying out the tasks and meeting the challenges of future learning. 

We create an environment of opportunity where the learner acquires general knowledge, the right attitudes and ethical and moral principles. 

We encourage and teach each learner social and life skills in a warm and loving environment. 

We acknowledge that each learner is an individual and we allow them to work at their own pace. 

We create a sound and safe environment where each learner is extended and growth is encouraged academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

Our learners participate in outings, educational visits, concerts, fun days and graduation, to list a few. 

We teach children to be critical and creative thinkers.

Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade 1 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. 

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. IT lessons form part of the curriculum. 

Curro Thatchfield’s alignment with 21st century skills includes:  

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 
  • Robotics

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

To align with 21st century skills Curro Thatchfield 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 Thatchfield 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

Senior 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 Thatchfield 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 home language 
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Technology (Computer Studies, Consumer Studies and Technology) 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Arts and Culture (Music and Visual Art) 

FET phase: Grade 10 to Grade 12 


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. For this reason, we prepare our learners for the broader world by encouraging them to become independent, creative and critical thinkers with good time-management skills. We also strive to develop a ove for knowledge so that our learners see the value in and importance of lifelong learning. An important skill in the workplace today is the ability to work as part of a team. At Curro Thatchfield, we foster this skill by encouraging collaborative learning. 

Curro has also developed an additional inter-Curro subject system to ensure that we have quality assurance across schools. This system extends well beyond examinations and questions banks, enabling educators to share resources, teaching ideas and material that can be used on tablets to enhance learning and the developments of 21st century skills.

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Subject choice must include: 

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

Three additional subjects which could include:

  • Accountancy 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Life Sciences 
  • History 
  • Information Technology 
  • Geography 
  • Computer Applications Technology 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • Consumer Studies 
  • Visual art


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. 


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.

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Curro Thatchfield’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: 

  • Physical address: Curro Thatchfield, 3512 Barbet Street, cnr Brakfontein Rd & Barbet Street, Thatchfield Hills, Centurion 
  • Primary school email address: 
  • High school email address: 
  • Enquiries: 012 652 2906/8/10

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:

3512 Barbet Street
cnr Brakfontein Road and Barbet Street
Thatchfield Hills

Postal address:

PO Box 401
Celtis Ridge

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