At Grassroots we believe that there is a place in South African society for small, high quality, Independent Schools, or also Private Schools as it is sometimes known, to deliver outstanding educational outcomes. The splendid preamble of our Constitution says it so succinctly when it declares its resolve to heal the divisions of the past through the establishment of a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights, three basic values to improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person. One of the fundamental building blocks to achieve the latter two goals (quality of life, and freeing of potential), is Section 29 (1) of the Bill of Rights. Part (a) of this Section guarantees the right to basic education and part (b), to further education. Section 29 (3) guarantees the following right “Everyone has the right to establish and maintain, at their own expense, independent educational institutions.”

On this statutory basis, and believing there is a place for independent schools (also known as private schools) as places of excellence, the founders of Grassroots Preparatory School embraced the vision of establishing it. We understand clearly that as an independent school, we do not see ourselves as separate, or even different, but just as a part of the rich tapestry of the South African educational landscape, making our contribution to good citizenship and nation-building through our focused values-based education philosophy. Our clients are the learners, and the major role-player the parents, and together with the staff of the school, we will partner to seek to achieve the best possible outcomes for the learners.