Westerford is a pupil-centred school that prides itself on a strong academic curriculum, compulsory sport programme and an enthusiastically embraced cultural life
My child is in Grade 6 can I apply now for them to attend Westerford High School?
No. For Government/State schools you would need to apply a year in advance. If your child is currently in Grade 6 (2022) they would need to make an application when they are in Grade 7 (2023) for a place in Grade 8 (2024).
When do applications for school admissions (Grade 8 2023) open?
Monday 14 March 2022
When do applications for schools admissions (Grade 8 2023) close?
Friday 15 April 2022
May I collect an application from your school?
No. You will need to apply online via the WCED website.
Do I still have to apply on the Western Cape Education Departments (WCED) admissions portal?
Yes you have to.
Do I have to apply to Westerford High School as well or is the application on the WCED website sufficient?
An application on the Western Cape Education Departments website is the only acceptable application.
What must I do?
It is a very user-friendly system. The instructions are clear and to the point. It is vitally important that you read and understand the Terms and Conditions before you click “Accept”. Check out the YouTube video links available under the “Apply 2023 Grade 8” tab.
Is it true that I need to apply to five schools?
As competition to get into high school is fierce (far more learners apply than there are places available) you MUST apply at a minimum of three schools.
Do you offer scholarships?
At present, we do not offer any scholarships. You will need to apply to an external institution.
What documents must I provide in support of this application?
A list of supporting documents is available on the Application Grade 8-2023 page of our website.
Supporting documents must be attached with your application.
What is an unabridged birth certificate?
An unabridged birth certificate contains the full name and surname of both parents on the document.
What if I do not have the unabridged birth certificate in time to make an application?
We will accept the old birth certificate along with proof from Home Affairs (receipt) that an application has been made.
As soon as the unabridged certificate is available it should be handed into the school.
What happens if I apply after the closing date?
We regularly have over 1500 applications for just 180 places – if your application is late, it is only processed AFTER all applications received on time have been processed.
My child’s results in Grade 5 were exemplary but in Grade 6 (due to COVID-19) their results are not as good. Will this count against them?
We understand that COVID-19 has had an impact on many learners and will bear this in mind when we process the applications. If you would like to submit a letter to explain the circumstances/reasons for the drop in marks in Grade 6 and include the Grade 5 report, then you are welcome to do so. This can be uploaded when you submit the supporting documents online.
Due to COVID-19 my child was not able to take up any leadership roles/responsibilities at their primary school. Will this adversely affect their application?
We understand that COVID-19 has had an impact on many learners and will bear this in mind when we process the applications.
When will I know the outcome of my application?
We are governed by the Western Cape Education Departments’ timeline, and parents are to be informed according to this timeline.
What happens then?
Parents are given until a certain date to accept their places. This process must be completed on the Western Cape Education Departments’ website. At this point, if you have been accepted at our school, we will send you confirmation of acceptance along with an Acceptance Form which you would need to complete and return.
What happens if I do not get accepted at your school?
You may put in an appeal, in writing, to the school. Please also indicate to the Admissions Administrator (via email) if you would like your application to be put on the waiting list.
What happens if there are still no places available?
You would then need to apply to the Western Cape Education Department for their assistance in finding a place for your child at an alternative school.
What extra academic support is offered?
Learners may be identified for additional support in English Home Language in Grades 8 and 9.
Mathematics and Physical Sciences support is offered during the week after school. Learners are encouraged to seek assistance from their own class teachers if they need it.
What other support systems are in place?
Apart from psycho-social and careers support, our school wellness department also offer assistance with study skills and time management where required.
What sport do you offer at your school?
Summer Sport: Basketball, Water polo, Tennis, Road Running, Cricket, Indoor Hockey
Winter Sport: Cross-Country, Table Tennis, Hockey, Squash, Soccer, Netball, Rugby
More information can be viewed under the Westerford Life tab on our website.
Do you offer Music at your school?
Yes, we do offer Music as a subject as well as an extra-mural. More information can be viewed under the Westerford Life tab on our website.
What subjects do you offer at your school?
Please see the Academic tab on our website for details.
How can parents get involved in your school?
Please see the Stay Informed tab on our website for details.
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Address: 220 Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700