Curro Century City enrolment soars,‘outperforms’ campuses in the group
THE CENTURY City campus of listed private school company, Curro Holdings, is the fastest growing school in the group, having increased its enrolment 145 percent in its first year.
Executive head Sean Friedenthal said the growth in numbers had exceeded the school’s most ambitious expectations and advanced the whole school programme by four years in its 10-year strategic planning.
“About nine other Curro schools including the Thatchfield, Roodeplaat, Helderwyk and Serengeti campuses have all doubled their numbers, but we have outperformed them.”
Wi t h c l a s s e s o f a b o u t 25 pupils, the school caters for Grades RR to 5, but will extend to Grade 6 as well as SP4s (age three to four) next year.
Friedenthal said Curro was already talking to Rabie Property Group, the developer of Century City, about acquiring an adjacent site on which to build a high school.
“Our target enrolment for 2014 is 615, and we would then want to level out our growth at about 100 new pupils a year after that.”
Curro Century City, which is the group’s fifth school in the Western Cape, is its first new concept “City school”, having a bigger academic focus than the t r a d i t i o nal l a r g e r Cur r o campuses. It offers a range of activities from chess and art to music and drama, as well as various sports codes.
Greg Deans, a director of Rabie Property Group, said there was no doubt the Curro school had boosted demand for residential and commercial property in the growing precinct.
“Our Quayside and Quaynorth residential developments, which were launched last year, were sold out before construction was completed, and we look set to repeat that at Ashton Park, the development we are now undertaking on a site next to the school.”
Deans says Curro Century City provides a much needed facility in a mixed use development for those living and working in the precinct.
He says the school is going to be extremely accessible to neighbouring areas and the West Coast suburbs once the new MyCiTi bus service is extended to the precinct, which is planned for November 30.
GROWING: Curro School at Century City, where enrolments have exceeded expectations.