Forres is a progressive, coeducational Preparatory school offering a full preschool and preparatory school programme, in a child-centred, small-school environment.





Connecting children to their talents, smarts, strengths and interests through which they can develop a vision for their lives and a personal practice that grows peace and dignity in the world.

At Forres we are concerned with the mastery of knowledge as well as the mastery of self.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination


Our Commitment to You and Your Child

Forres School is committed to moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ education by:

Teaching children how their brain works and how to think rather than just remember.

Personalising the learning journey with high-quality teaching shaped around the way children learn and achieve their best.

Actively teaching and running programmes that develop emotional intelligence and resilience.

Creating the conditions of a school culture that respects and appreciates difference so that children will thrive in a multicultural world.

Developing in our children the kind of compassionate guardianship our planet needs and a belief that they can make a difference.

Staying at the forefront of educational developments and the personal and professional growth of all its staff.

Involving parents as active and valid partners in the education of their children.

approach “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

A Framework of Learning

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The Forres Team

Kim Van Der Hoven


Forres is the culmination of a lifelong passion I have always had for children and education both professionally and as a mother with 4 children of my own. It is my greatest wish that your child’s experience at Forres will provide them with a positive and life affirming foundation upon which they can build a vision for their lives. My goal is that they will leave Forres knowing what their talents, strengths and passions are and that they will make a meaningful contribution to their communities and the world at large.

Vaughn Bond


I feel truly privileged to lead such an outstanding school. I have resonated with the conscientiously developed ethos of the school that teaches empathy, kindness and compassion alongside a rigorous, academic programme. A programme that is informed by current cognitive research on how the brain loves to learn. We achieve this in a safe, caring atmosphere with dedicated teachers who are thoroughly equipped for this task. As a Narrative School, we believe that we are the custodians of children's stories. In my travels through life, I have realised that the stories we tell ourselves have a significant influence on the way we live our lives. I subscribe to the idea that my everyday work as a school leader is to promote and develop positive and honouring stories for children that will become a foundation upon which they can build their lives.

Jacky Wolverson

Deputy Head

I come from a family of teachers and believe that it is one of the most fulfilling and stimulating professions in the world. My purpose as an educator is to inspire and educate children, so they are prepared with the confidence and relevant skills needed to thrive in life. I believe that Forres provides a framework of learning and forward-thinking leadership that ensures this type of learning in a safe environment. I hold the dream that every child who passes through my hands will become a fearless, independent thinker and develop a deep understanding and appreciation of the diverse and multi-culturally rich world we live in.

staff Nursery - Grade R


Hilly Olckers
Head of Preschool / Grade R
Rina de Water
Nursery 1 Teacher Assistant
Debbie Le Mesurier
Nursery 1
Zukiswa Mei
Grade R Teacher Assistant
Tasneem Esau
Nursery 2
Odette Ndala
Nursery 2H Teacher Assistant
Linily Kumwenda
Nursery 2 Teacher Assistant
Joy Merryweather-Smith
Nursery 3
Thandeker Joni
Nursery 3 Teacher Assistant
Thuliswa Niyabo
Nursery 3 Teacher Assistant
Candice Petersen-Zimri
Helen Redfern
ASC – Pre-School
Katherine Hall
staff Grade 1 - Grade 3

Foundation - Phase

Kathy Mostert
Head of FPhase / Grade 1
Verena Doyle
Grade 2
Susan Beauchamp
Grade 3
staff Grade 4 - Grade 7

Intermediate - Phase

Taryn Bijl
Grade 4
Stephen George
Head of Sport / Grade 5
Jacky Wolverson
Head of IPhase / Grade 6
Yakoub Sirkhoth
Grade 7
Sue Cloete
Simphiwe Mahlanyana
staff Preschool - Grade 7

Music, Drama & Sport

Helen Broekmann
Music Department Co-Ordinator
Shirley Sutherland
Choir and music teacher
Avril Kingsey
Grant Adams
Stephen George
Head of Sport
Anne van Niekerk
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Jacqui Aling
Remedial Teacher
Collette Atkins
Remedial Teacher
Leigh Mylrea
Support & Curriculum Specialist
Linda van Duuren
Counsellor & Mentor to Staff & Children
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Admin Staff

Glenda Thomas
School Secretary
Cheryl Thompson
Campus Secretary / Admissions
Anthea Crowster
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Service Staff

Nonzukiso Ntungelo
Michael Piri
Mr Zibi
Security Guard
Stanford Mbatsha
Groundsman / Driver
Gilbert Mwandira
Caretaker / Driver
Zamakaya Badi
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Tiffany Cottle
Ra-eesah Adams
Thozi Ndlazi

Our History

Inspired by the forest that covered Rondebosch Common at the time

Forres was founded in 1948 by Mrs Cuthbertson, Miss Fawcett and Miss Brunyee who, inspired by the forest that covered Rondebosch Common at the time, named their school after the heath in Shakespeare’s Macbeth where the three “hagged sisters” meet!

Initially, the school functioned as a preparatory school for boys only, aged 3 to 8, run on the lines of similar schools in England. Today Forres is a dynamic, co-educational Preparatory school which is well known for keeping abreast with current and cutting edge, educational approaches and paradigms. Forres offers a full pre-school (2 – 6 years) and preparatory school (Grade 1 – 7) programme, in a small-class environment.

The school is housed in two, charming turn-of-the-century houses, with extensive grounds and gardens, in the heart of Rondebosch a popular suburb in Cape Town.


A Recent History of Forres

Taking the 2nd Step : An Exercise in Belongingness

Today Forres is a dynamic, co-educational Preparatory school which is well known for keeping abreast with cutting edge, educational approaches and paradigms in a small-class environment.