Sunward Park High school is located in a suburb of Sunward Park in Boksburg. It is a former Model C school with a student population of about 1 350 and a staff (teachers, administration, ground and security) complement of about 70. Prior to 1992 the school was only white. The school was founded in 1977 and was one of the first schools to open doors to learners and teachers of colour (black, indian and coloured) in 1992. 

The school’s demographics have since then changed – today it is 90% learners of colour and only 10% white. There is about 60% white teaching staff and about 40% teachers of colour. The school is located in a rich surburban area but only services about 20% of the student population from this area. The majority of the learners come from Vosloorus, Katlehong, Spruit View, Villa Liza, Dawn Park, Illiondale, Klippoortjie and Groeneweide. About 200 of learners either come single-headed families or guardian-headed families due to the death of their parents (mothers and/or fathers). Each year the school spends between

R400 000 and R900 000 on school fee exemptions, on an annual budget of around R7 million.

The Department of Education pays for 38 teaching staff, 3 administration staff and 4 grounds staff. The rest of the staff is paid by the School Governing Body (SGB). Sadly, the Department of Education only gives us about R200 000 per annum for running costs – this amount does not even pay for our electricity bill per annum. We have a feeding scheme for those learners who come from poor families – most of these learners receive full school-fee exemptions.

Levels of HIV/AIDS are non-existent for staff and very low in our learner population. Up to this far only two learners have since died of HIV/AIDS related  infections.

About 65% of our parents pay school fees. 

The school’s pass rates over the years have ranged between 90% and 100%, the lowest being in 2009. Between 40% and 50% of our matriculants qualify for university entrance/endorsement each year. Demographics and socio-economic factors might have changed but the results have remained consistently high. We attribute our success to our highly qualified and dedicated staff.