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Founded in 1997, Merrifield Preparatory School and College continues to grow in stature year by year and has established itself as the leading independent provider of pre-primary, preparatory and secondary education in the Buffalo City region.

Situated in a beautiful, secure outdoor setting, the wooden cabin-type classrooms and the natural environment create a wholesome backdrop for the vibrancy and enthusiasm so characteristic of the atmosphere of the school.

The school’s motto “Astra Petentes”, which means “Reach for the Stars”, is aimed at guiding our pupils to realise their full potential in all aspects of their lives. With limited class numbers, Merrifield offers excellent academic tuition, and places equal emphasis on academic, sporting, cultural, social and spiritual development.

Merrifield prides itself in offering a caring, nurturing and supportive school environment where the individual attributes of every child are recognised and celebrated. The school has over 600 pupils enrolled currently and caters for all grades from Grade 000 to Grade 12.

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Water Polo Announcement

Congratulations to Jordan Ketteringham and Luke Hanner who were chosen to represent the Border U16 Water Polo team.

Merrifield Sports Results 16 October

TENNIS Grade 7 student Devina Pillay finished second in East London for the Super 8 championships held last weekend. She also played in the CTA doubles tournament held by Gary Thorne and were the only [...]

Interhouse Athletics

A fantastic sports day was enjoyed by all, despite the windy weather. Congratulations to Aquila the overall winning house. Special thanks to Isobel Louw for organising the day and all the parents, staff and friends [...]


Jessica Craddock has been selected to represent Border in the U15 A Girls Waterpolo Team.


2018 SRC Camp

The 2017 Student Representative Council Camp was an amazing getaway that resulted in stronger bonds and plans for the upcoming year. The weekend started off with team building activities on the beach that later turned [...]

Merrifield College Prize Giving

On Wednesday 11 October, Merrifield recognised and celebrated excellence among the student body for their outstanding achievements across sporting, cultural and academic spheres. It is so encouraging to see the growth in the school in [...]

Merrifield Class of 2017 Valedictory

On Friday 13 October, Merrifield bid farewell to the Matric Class of 2017, in an emotional and moving Valedictory ceremony. Dr Tracey King addressed the Matrics, imparting wisdom and special messages from the Grade 12 [...]

Heritage Day

Celebrating our rich and vibrant cultural heritage together.


Merrifield Dolos Finds a New Home

On 6 May 1999 the Dolos arrived at Merrifield. Merrifield School is named after Eric Merrifield who was involved in the design of the Dolos. Pictured here is Peter Miles unveiling the Dolos, watched by Terry [...]

SACEE news

Well done to Grade 5 student Grace Rance, left, the winner of the SACEE Grade 4 and 5 Read Out Loud, and Kubechosi Mazizi, who came second in the Grade 6 and 7 SACEE unprepared oral. [...]

Grade 6 and 7 News

Eight of our Grade 6 and 7 students were invited to attend the NMMU Maths in Action day. Julia Wischnath, Emily-Faye Xantho and Megan Waechter enjoyed their first taste of university life.  

From the Executive Head, Dr Guy Hartley

It has been very pleasing to see our students in both the prep and college excelling across a range of sporting and cultural activities of late. I have been especially impressed by the degree of [...]