About Our School

St Nicholas Diocesan School is an independent, Anglican, co-educational, day and boarding school, for learners from Grade RR to Grade 12. (Boarding from Grade 6)

Situated in Pietermaritzburg, we offer affordable, English-medium, private education based on the CAPS curriculum. We are also a part of ISASA and the IEB. At St Nicholas, we are proud to offer an excellent education and provide a secure and caring environment where all children are given sufficient opportunities to realise their potential. The requirements of the ‘whole’ child are catered for – intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and cultural.

At the heart of St Nicholas is our Christian faith. This is reflected in our motto; DEUS DUCIT – GOD LEADS. Our Anglican ethos is nurtured in classroom devotions, regular chapel services led by local clergy, Bible-based assemblies, staff devotions as well as regular Eucharists.

Founded in 1990, St Nicholas has experienced incredible growth over the last few decades. As we journey forward, we continually strive for excellence in the field of education. With a firm emphasis on values and faith, we are privileged to guide and nurture our learners during their time with us, while equipping each and every one for life beyond our St Nicholas family.

A message of encouragement and upliftment from our Principal, Mr Leon Grove. Deus Ducit – God Leads


Our School Values


St Nicholas Offers

Free extra Maths and Science lessons

At St Nicholas, life is considered a gift of God and therefore we should live it with generosity and gratitude. Every child is beloved and belongs and is a child of God. The pursuit of knowledge is seen as an exploration of God’s truth about God’s created world, and is embarked upon in that intellectual framework. We make Christ the centre of our life at school and, at the same time, we are welcoming and sensitive to the diversity of faith.

St Nicholas is proud and privileged to be able to offer affordable private education. We are a member of The Independent Schools of South Africa (ISASA) and our matric learners write the Independent Education Board exams (IEB). This allows us to be more flexible in our syllabus and helps our children gain an internationally recognised matric.

Our school has a well-established boarding establishment, with dedicated staff living on the property to ensure that our boarders are well taken care of. St Nicholas offers boarding for both boys and girls from Grade 6 to Grade 12. Our Matrons, Boarder Masters and Boarder Mistresses help create a home away from home environment, while ensuring a strict regime of homework and co-curricular activities is being followed by all boarders.

St Nicholas is a Grade RR-12 school which allows us to monitor our learners across phases and implement cross-phase interventions. We are also able to offer families who have children in different phases one school for all their children, for their entire schooling careers. We build relationships with our families and this allows us to provide a positive environment for all learners.


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