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New Hope School – The Key to Success!

New Hope School started from humble beginnings with 33 learners, 14 staff members and 2 housemothers operating from the old St. Peters Hostel in Murray Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria. In 1979, a new school building totalling R1,8 million was built on the current site. The school was named after the farm’s homestead called “New Hope”.

Today, New Hope School has 417 learners, offering education services from Grade RRR to Grade 12, Life-and Vocational Skills are also offered. We cater for learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, each with their own unique challenges such as cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, traumatic head injuries and specific learning disabilities (such as ADHD and ADD).

Hostel facilities are provided to learners during the week.  Learners also have access to our Aftercare Facilities in the afternoons until 17:30 where they are assisted with their homework and studying.

The New Hope staff consists of Educators, Psychologists, Physio-, Occupational- and Speech therapists, Class Facilitators, Class Assistants and General Assistants that all form part of the team to assist learners to meet their specific challenges head-on. The school also has full-time Nursing Sisters, a Social Worker and a Counsellor.

New Hope School is unique – it offers Three Curricular Streams in order to afford each learner the opportunity to develop optimally.  Besides the Academic Mainstream curriculum offering CAPS, the school also has a Vocational Skills and a Life Skills Phase.  Our learners can attain a mainstream Matric (NSC) on par with any other public school.

The focus of the Vocational Skills Phase falls on entrepreneurship and practical work-related skills.  In the Life Skills Phase learners are assisted to function independently and to develop appropriate social and life skills.  A practical example of this is the Tea Garden event on the last Friday of each month during the school term from 10:00 to 12:00.  Learners of these phases are involved in the preparation of the food, table setting and waitering – all work-related skills that form part of the school-to-work programme offered by the school.

Our school is extremely proud of its 100% matric pass rate over the past 7 years!  We offer a wide variety of summer and winter sporting activities.  Some of our learners have performed at Provincial and National level.   Our learners participate in Cultural activities such as Eisteddfod, Wheelchair Dances and Drama.

New Hope School – The Key to Success!


Learners equipped to develop their full potential as member of society.


Every learner’s unique, individual learning and development requirements are addressed in a multi-disciplinary approach involving all stakeholders.