Curro Cen­tury City en­rol­ment soars,‘out­per­forms’ cam­puses in the group

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

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