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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Sport for the week

NETBALL 18 August: U12 vs Cranberry, Merrifield lost 8-2. U13 vs Cranberry, Merrifield lost 8-3. 16 August: U10 vs Clarendon, the teams drew 3-3. 20 August: Kidds Beach Primary School vs Merrifield: U12B: Merrifield won [...]

Sport over the Winter Holidays and start of Third Term

  SURFING Grade 11 Merrifield student Danica Stockigt surfed in a number of contests during the last four weeks. She made finals in the Roxy JBay Junior Pro event and in the Tigers Milk Classic [...]

Latest sport 7 June 2016

SQUASH Merrifield College A vs Dale College A, Merrifield won 23 - 6 Merrifield College A vs Hudson A, Merrifield won 20 – 11 30 May: Merrifield vs Stirling, Merrifield lost 7-1. SOCCER U11 soccer [...]

Sport at Merrifield 25 April

DANCE 25 April: Danica Stockigt, Grade 11, was chosen to represent the Jo Jackson Dance Co at the IDO Dance Competition in Durban over the weekend. She participated in the following categories: Solo, Duo, Small [...]


Merrifield Founders’ Day and Alumni Reunion

Save the date.

Merrifield Class of 2016 celebrated ’40 days’

We wish the Grade 12's all the best for their preparations for the final exams.

Proud of their Roots

Grade 3 students celebrated their heritage and South Africa, dressing up this week to reflect where they come from and the amazing country where they live today.

Foundation Phase Easter Bonnet Parade

Merrifield Foundation Phase ended off a busy term with their annual Easter Bonnet Parade. Here's wishing you all a blessed festive season with your families.


Fish River Canyon Hike July 2016

On 22 June a group of 12 students and four staff members left in the early hours of the morning to embark on an adventurous journey to Namibia to hike the Fish River Canyon. We [...]

World Book Day 2016

 Merrifield Prep School students celebrated World Book Day on Friday 22 April by dressing up as their favourite literary characters.    

Farewell, Mr Dave Bawden

Merrifield is very sad to hear of the passing of Mr Dave Bawden, our first headmaster. Mr Bawden opened the doors of Merrifield in 1996 on a farm that had been purchased by the trust [...]

Alumni News: Thandi Kasibe (Class of 2014)

I am Nomthandazo Kasibe, also known as Thandi, a 2014 matriculant from Merrifield. I am currently doing my second year in Bachelor of Accounting Sciences at Wits University. I came to Merrifield in Grade 10 [...]