The School unambiguously regards the Academic Pillar as central to its approach to education. Academically the school caters for learners in two phases:
- The General Education and Training phase (Grades 8 and 9, ages 13 – 15)
- The Further Education & Training phase (Grades 10, 11 and 12, ages 15 – 18) at the end of which pupils will write the National Senior Certificate university entrance examination.
The General Education and Training Course (GET)
All pupils in the GET phase follow a course which lays a broad foundation for more detailed study encountered in the FET course. GET subjects offered at Wynberg:
Grade 8 and Grade 9
- English Home Language
- Afrikaans or isiXhosa (First Additional Language)
- Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
- Social Sciences (History and Geography)
- Creative Arts (Drama, Music, and Art)
- Economic and Management Sciences (an introduction to Accounting, Economics and Business Studies)
- Life Orientation, which includes Physical Education and Sports Science.
The Further Education & Training Course (FET)
Grade 10 is the first year of a three year National Senior Certificate course, with the following high credit subjects which count toward university entrance on offer:
The four core (compulsory) subjects:
- Home Language – English
- First Additional Language – Afrikaans or isiXhosa
- Life Orientation
Students are required to pick three more elective subjects:
- Engineering Graphics & Design
- Information Technology
- Life Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Visual Arts
Our students now have the chance to take a fourth elective subject. There are major benefits to this:
- Boys can now leave WBHS with eight fully taught subjects rather than seven, giving them a competitive advantage, where only the best subject marks will count in terms of reporting.
- Boys who struggle with Mathematics can now have double the amount of teaching time on the subject.
- Those who cannot decide between two subjects, e.g. History and Geography, may do both.
- The additional subject can be dropped after the mid-year examinations in Grade 10, or at the end of the Grade 10 or 11 year if the student so decides.
- Study periods can be used by the students to focus on different areas of the curriculum as and when they require.
Students who do not choose a fourth elective subject must choose one of the following
- Support Mathematics
- Study Period
By special arrangement Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English are available to qualifying students outside of the normal school timetable.
Qualifying immigrant students may arrange to substitute another subject for the compulsory additional South African languages.