Hazeldean, the burgeoning new suburb being developed to the east of Pretoria, will soon be home to a new campus of the Curro private school group.
Developer Sable Homes has set aside 6ha of land close to The Ridge residential development for the school, which has already enrolled more than 100 learners and is scheduled to open in January 2008.
The vision of the Curro group is to provide affordable private education as an alternative to State schooling and this will be its first Gauteng campus, with others already established in Durbanville and Langebaan in the Western Cape.
Sable Homes MD Jo Pelser says the school – which is the first institution in Hazeldean to offer primary education - is expected to be a huge draw card for buyers with young families that would like to move to Hazeldean.
“It will fill a big need as there are more than 400 home sites just in The Ridge and The Meadows estates nearby, and there are several more residential developments to follow in Hazeldean over the next few years.”
Curro MD Dr Chris van der Merwe says the group, established in 1997, offers parallel medium education from Gr R to Gr 9 and dual medium from Gr 10 to 12 and that pricing is between Model C and elite private schools.
“We also pride ourselves on maintaining small classes (no more than 20 pupils per teacher) and the fact that each child is educated according to an individual personal development programme incorporating academic, sporting and cultural pursuits.”
The group, he notes, aims to grow to 10 campuses, most of them in new residential areas such as Hazeldean - which is being developed as a Full Circle Living precinct incorporating shopping centres, office parks and recreational facilities as well as a range of apartments, townhouses and houses in various residential developments.
Pelser says the whole of Hazeldean, incorporating some 900ha of land, is expected to take another 10 or 12 years to develop, at a total cost of around R5bn. The total number of new homes created will be around 18 000.