Hermannsburg School


From Humble Beginnings to Leaders in Academic Excellence

Our heritage dates back to the 1840s, when a Christian revival movement in Lower Saxony, Germany resulted in great interest in mission work. Pastor Louis Harms trained suitable young men as missionaries, sending them out with craftsmen to establish mission stations in Africa.

Over the next 100 years, about 240 missionaries made the journey into Africa, and all of them would come to Hermannsburg first. Here they would learn isiZulu, before travelling through Zululand, Natal and Transvaal to start mission stations. The German families in these areas are descendants of those settlers.

The Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg was founded in 1856 by the first group of these missionaries, becoming the very first boarding school in Natal.

Did You Know?

    Hermannsburg is the oldest independent co-educational school in KZN.
    The school includes The Old Mission House, one of the three oldest, dated buildings in KwaZulu-Natal.
    It features the oldest hostel building in South Africa.

Today, that legacy translates into a standard of academic excellence and a global approach to education. Our scholars are taught in a safe, accepting and tolerant Christian environment, with a focus on personal commitment and a well-rounded approach to life that fosters an attitude of integrity, commitment, responsibility and pride.

From our “Little Oaks” in the Pre-school to our High School scholars, our holistic approach to education is designed to support all Hermannsburg scholars as they grow.


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Average ratio: 7 scholars to 1 teacher

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