Struben House

For all admission enquiries please contact:
Bronwyn Ralph –
021-763 5300

Introducing our newest campus: Struben House. Held in trust by the Cape Town Child Welfare Society, Struben House opened its doors to Early Years and Key Stage 1 in 2016. 

Some say it’s comparable in size and splendour to Downton Abbey! The children love the classrooms—designed just for them—and the beautiful garden with its majestic 500-year-old yellowwood tree at its centre.

There are two classes in each year group, with class sizes ranging between 16-20 students.


Early years comprise of our Nursery and Reception classes. These years are all about balance. Our children begin to learn by becoming independent and doing things for themselves, by exploring, investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating. They will be challenged to ‘think out of the box’ and to solve problems for themselves.  

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The focus is on 3 prime learning areas and 4 specific learning areas.

The 3 prime areas are:  

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The 4 specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts 

We have specialist teachers who take the children for drama and music and we run a comprehensive gross motor program.

In addition, our teachers reflect on the different ways that the children are engaging with their learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Each child has an online learning journal and the parents travel on this journey with us and see all the weekly observations that the teacher makes about their child’s progress.


Nursery is open to children who are between the ages of 3 years 6 months and 4 years 6 months (in January in the year of admission). Here, we focus on the foundational skills necessary for students to progress to Reception, as well as the importance of play and friendship. 


Reception is open to children between the ages of 4 years 6 months and 5 years 6 months. This is where we introduce more formal literacy and numeracy skills. At the end of Reception, students will be reading and writing!


Years 1 & 2

What is Key Stage 1?

The British National Curriculum is divided into different Key Stages, much like the SA Caps curriculum is divided into different phases. Key Stage 1 makes up one of the 4 Key Stages across primary and secondary school. 

When you think about Key Stage 1, it is easy to assume that the children in this Key Stage are the youngest in the school but in the British curriculum, the birth to 3 year olds are in Nursery and the 4 and 5-year-olds are already in Reception which is covered by the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Year 1 and Year 2 make up Key Stage 1 which is the 2nd phase in their learning journey.

Key Stage 1 marks a shift from Early Years Foundation Stage to more subject-specific learning. Key Stage 1 covers all national curriculum subjects. These are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Information Technology, PE, Art and Design, Music and Design and Technology.  ISCT includes Drama to our programme in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Key Stage 1 comprises our Year 1 and 2 classes.  Your child has now left EYFS behind, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum. 

There are 3 core areas of study:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Other areas of study:

  • Integrated Studies (History and Geography)
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Life Orientation  

We feel that EQ is an important part of children’s learning and run a program called ‘Marvellous Me’.  This program is underpinned by the key concepts of Kindness, Gratitude, and Respect.

Can my child move from another school in South Africa to Key Stage 1 at Struben House?

Yes, they can but it would be dependent on their skills set which is determined by an entrance assessment.

Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Reception and they may have to sit at a table for a little longer than they are used to, but they will still also be learning in a variety of ways; while moving, exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet or walking around the school!

Does my child have to have been to Early Years in order to start Key Stage 1?

The Early Years Foundation Stage is critical to the development of Literacy and Numeracy skills.  At ISCT our Early Years programme runs over 2 years through Nursery and Reception.  Reception is when our children start to implement the skills that they have been exposed to in Nursery and begin to read, write and apply basic mathematical knowledge to problems.  Key Stage 1 then builds on all these skills.  A transition from a SA CAPS curriculum to ISCT in Year one is difficult as the CAPS curriculum only starts engaging with these skills in grade 1, thus they haven’t been exposed to the concepts and skills that a child who has moved through our Early Years programme has.