Our school profile

Umhlali Preparatory School opened its doors on 11 February 1918. Steeped in history and many fine traditions, the school has emerged from the humble beginnings of 11 pupils enjoying lessons in a 'wood and iron' classroom to a school now of more than 1000 pupils, being taught in very modern and well appointed facilities.

We pride ourselves on being a pillar of our community, serving the Dolphin Coast with the same commitment and dedication that has been the hallmark of our school over the last one hundred years.


Built on sound values

Built on sound values of integrity, respect, tolerance, trust, loyalty, responsibility, fun and happiness, the school continues to grow in stature and excellence. As a "Choose Respect" school we promote dignity and respect as deserving of all people that we meet. Honour the past, live in the now, and look forward to the future, are the words that we believe epitomise what we represent!


Our school stands out

We are a Section 21 Public School offering quality and affordable preparatory education from Grade R to Grade 7. What makes our school stand out as a school of quality and excellence? It is our very dedicated teachers, polite and well behaved pupils and our supportive and involved parents.

We have embraced progressive education structures and are guided by the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) as is required of all schools in South Africa to follow, whether state or independent.


We planned to expand and we achieved it

In our school we are governed and lead by a very supportive, enlightened and committed School Governing Body (SGB). Our SGB members meet monthly to strategise about the future needs of our school and are determined that our school keep pace with the escalating academic, sporting and creative demands. Past planning and implementation has seen the following built: 

  • The Creativity Centre with library, auditorium, art and music rooms

  • The Sports Pavilion

  • New sports fields

  • Three tennis courts

  • Six cricket nets

  • Eight new classrooms

  • The Astra Russell Centenary Pool - a 10 lane 25m swimming pool, stand and changing facilities



Our proud achievements

International and national examinations that we write include SIAT, Conquesta, CAMI Maths and Qunitathlon. We continue to benchmark ourselves against these examinations and remain one of the Top 20 schools in South Africa in Conquesta.

We have a proud academic, cultural and sporting record with our pupils receiving many scholarships, bursaries and sporting Colours. These include: Dolphin Coast Tennis, Ilembe District Colours in Hockey, Netball, Cricket & Cross Country, North Durban Rugby, Kwa-Zulu Natal Colours in Chess, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, and South African Colours in Chess and Mountain Biking.



So much is going on

Out on the sporting arena we offer swimming, cricket, netball, hockey, rugby, athletics, soccer, tennis, cross country, mountain biking, dance sport and physical education lessons.

Our parents remain committed and involved in our school with many vibrant committees working hard to give our children the best start in life. These include the School Governing Body, Grade 7 Fundraising Committee, Mothers who Care Group and the Mothers Committee with the class representatives.


From good to excellent

Ours is a very special school with a very unique country feeling. We have served the local community with dignity and commitment, and will continue to do so as we lead and support other schools around us. I therefore urge you, the parents and members of this community, to continue to trust us with your child's preparatory education, as we continue to go forward striving to attain excellence in whatever we do.


to end off, with our motto – TOTIS VIRIBUS – Strive with all your might – this we will do as we go from good to excellent.