Academics remain the primary focus of school life and College pupils are in the hands of skilled professionals who seek to guide each individual to fulfil his or her academic potential. Firm structures are in place to ensure that effective teaching and learning take place and that there is ample support available for pupils who are in need.
Academic excellence is a pillar of our approach to education and this is worked out though our Academic vision below. Our teaching staff maintain a student-centred approach, with a focus on developing individuals who can think critically.
Academic Vision Statement
Through enthusiasm and innovation, Treverton teachers will strive to inspire, nurture and support pupils in their endeavour to realise their full academic potential.
Teachers and pupils will strive to:
- Respect academic time
- Be punctual
- Meet deadlines
- Persevere through challenges
- Work hard
- Mutual respect
Mr Craig Legge : Academic Head
Grade 8 and 9
In Grade 8 and 9 the aim is to lay a firm foundation for a pupils’ senior phase. As such our pupils are introduced to as many subjects as possible, so that they can make an informed decision on the subjects they would like to take into Grade 10.
Before the decision is made, parents and pupils attend an information evening outlining the subject choice process as well as the different level requirements of each subject. Furthermore, our career guidance department is also on hand to help those who may need advice and the school facilitates a guidance specialist to assess individual pupils, so they are assured of their choices.
At the end of Grade 9, pupils write to qualify for their General Education and Training Certificate (GETC), a national qualification.
Grade 10, 11 and 12
Grade 10 marks the start of the senior phase of their High School career.
The subjects offered at Treverton College follow the Independent Examination Board (I.E.B) curriculum, which culminates in Grade 12, when they write their National Senior Certificate (NSC).
As the table below shows, our pupils are expected to select 7 subjects in total, however, an eighth subject may be chosen in consultation with the respective Subject head and Head of Academics.
English, a second additional language, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy and Life Orientation.
Subjects currently on offer include:
Accountancy, Business Studies, Computer Applications Technology, Dramatic Art, Geography, Engineering Graphics & Design, History, Information Technology, Life Science, Physical Science and Visual Art as part of a combined subject package.
|GRADE 10, 11 and 12|
|ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE|
|FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE: AFRIKAANS, ISIZULU, GEOGRAPHY (FOR IMMIGRANTS ONLY)|
|MATHEMATICS, MATHEMATICAL LITERACY|
|PHYSICAL SCIENCE, LIFE SCIENCE, HISTORY, BUSINESS STUDIES, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, COMUPUTER APPLICATION TECHNOLOGY|
|PHYSICAL SCIENCE, GEOGRAPHY, ACCOUNTING, VISUAL ART. DRAMA|
|GEOGRAPHY, ENGINEERING GRAPHICS & DESIGN, LIFE SCIENCE, BUSINESS STUDIES|
Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate a pupil’s preferred choice of subjects, Treverton reserves the right to deny a choice based on class size or a pupil’s past academic record in the subject.
Our pupils are also exposed to a number of non-examinable subjects from Grade 8. These include; Guidance and Counselling, Bible Education and Computer Literacy. In Grade 9 our pupils write the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL).
Treverton College also gives our pupils the opportunity to enter the National English and Mathematics Olympiads as well as extension in these subjects in the form of Advanced Mathematics and English in Grade 12.
One of Treverton College’s unique courses is the Outdoor Pursuits (OP) program. Here our pupils are taught from Grade 8 through to Grade 10, the skills needed in the outdoors. Our academic curriculum is enhanced through this program as it ensures that our pupils gain confidence and self-esteem by facing challenges in a controlled environment. Each year has a specifically designed syllabus and culminates in a 5 day excursion.
Progress is assessed from Grade 8 though to Grade 12 using a variety of assessment methods, including; regular block tests, class activities and research assignments. Two examination sessions are held in June and November respectively. A weighted year mark is calculated to represent a pupils’ performance and pass requirements are applied using the I.E.B guidelines.
Parents are kept informed through termly reports and two parent-teacher meetings (May and September). Contact can also be made with the Grade Head co-ordinator, who can facilitate academic feed when necessary. The Head of Academics is also available to deal with any concerns as is the College Headmaster in specific cases.