Camphill School, a special needs school

The Camphill School, Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa



} 08:30 - 15:30 week days except 13:00 on Fridays

As a private independent institution, Camphill School currently provides residential, as well as day care and education to 64 children and young people from 5 to 20 years of age. More than 86% of our learners are drawn from local impoverished communities (Mount Pleasant, Hawston and Zwelihle).

 Apart from the high quality education and care the learners receive at the school, a full assessment is done of each child’s intellectual, physical and emotional capacity and we are presently able to offer them a wide range of therapeutic programmes, depending on their individual needs. Due to the nature of our learners’ disabilities, most of them require one-on-one attention. All the learners are also all provided with a nutritious balanced lunch each day as well as healthy snacks in the morning and in the afternoon.

In addition, the day learners are collected at their homes each day and delivered back there in the afternoons. There is no public transport into the valley; therefore it is extremely difficult for the learners to get to and from school on a daily basis. The school therefore has its own bus service collecting the learners from their individual homes in and around the impoverished communities, within a radius of 10 km from the school. Most of the parents do not have private transport either.As you can appreciate, many of our learners are severely disabled and therefore they are accompanied on the bus by our teaching staff and class assistants to ensure the learners safety as well as the bus drivers’ safety. This is our primary concern.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) subsidy together with the school fees covers only about 23% of the School’s budget, leaving us with approximately 67% of the projected income to raise from other sources.


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