Welcome from the Headmaster

Welcome to Glenwood House – the jewel of education on the Garden Route in Southern Africa. My name is Dennis Symes and I am extremely privileged and honoured to be the headmaster of this exciting and vibrant school.

The town of George in the Southern Cape is an area which unlike areas such as Grahamstown, Stellenbosch and the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands has previously had little or no history of private schooling. Glenwood House, situated at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains with breath-taking views of the beautiful countryside has managed to change all that. The seed which is Glenwood germinated when a group of parents, unable to secure enrolment at local schools and who wanted superior education for their children, decided to establish an institution which would pursue the excellence they required. George has become a destination of choice for families wanting to “semi-grate” to a more tranquil, safe and secure environment. Many schools in the area have to accommodate between 35 and 45 pupils per class. Up until recently, parents have had to send their children away to find superior quality private schooling. This is no longer necessary. Glenwood House fulfils the important and immediate need that has arisen in George and its surrounding areas. Our classes accommodate a maximum of 26 learners throughout the entire school. We provide a broad, balanced education to children from the Pre-School phase to Matric (Grade 000 – 12). The school encourages independent, critical and creative thinking within the framework of respect, freedom (within acceptable boundaries) and a morally acceptable value system. We feel that this approach helps the children to make decisions and ultimately take responsibility for their actions.

Glenwood’s philosophy is to offer holistic mainstream education, which will help the children develop all-round skills and abilities, catering for the body, mind, social and emotional development and well-being, and for the spiritual development of each and every child. The school has an overt Christian ethos which underlies all activities that are on offer. Glenwood pupils are ultimately prepared for the exit examinations of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), a qualification that is internationally portable.

Glenwood House is a well-organised school with proud traditions. Pupils are expected to uphold the disciplinary code of the school at all times. We demand absolute loyalty to the school and endeavour to instil a sense of pride in the pupils which is characteristic of the upper echelon of private schools in the country.

Our school emphatically supports nation building and our pupils are taught to be proudly South African. We provide a challenging environment designed to positively motivate and stimulate our pupils to achieve their maximum potential.

Glenwood House School thanks you for your interest in our school and we invite you to arrange an appointment to meet us and view the school and the exciting developments that are taking place. (Please note that acceptance to Glenwood House depends on a successful interview with the headmaster. Parents and pupils will be required to attend the interview).


Mr Dennis Symes