College Phase

St Patrick’s College celebrates its 25th birthday this year. In 1993, St Patrick’s College was established as a Christian School on 30 hectares of land outside the capital of East Griqualand, Kokstad. The school is set in magnificent, scenic surroundings and offers young men and women an opportunity to grow up in a country setting. It is, therefore, no surprise that the school places significant emphasis on outdoor pursuits. The Drakensberg and Wild Coast are on our doorstep and we visit these beautiful spots on a regular basis.


St Patrick’s College has been an IEB school from its inception. The IEB (Independent Examination Board) is a private Examination Board accredited by the state quality controller, Umalusi. The IEB is the only independent examination board that examines the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in South Africa. Our academic record speaks for itself:

  • 100% pass rate for the past 5 years.
  • 86% Bachelors pass (university entrance) in 2018 examination
  • 63% of all subject symbols were "C" or better in 2018.

The following subjects are offered at Matric level: English Home Language; Afrikaans First additional Language; isiXhosa First Additional Language; Life Orientation; Core Maths; Maths Literacy; History; Geography; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Accounting; Business Studies; Information Technology; Engineering, Graphic and Design; Computer Applications Technology and Art


St Patricks has a vibrant cultural programme for its pupils.

  • Marimba and steel drum bands
  • Drumming
  • Rock band
  • Annual Art and Cultural events.

 Pupils can also join the school choir and many take Art as a matric subject.

 Poi, Chess, Film Society, 100 Club (running 100 kms in a year)



We are proud of our traditions at St Patrick’s and pupils can look forward to participating in the following annual events:

  • The “Winter Wacky Weekend” (This is a weekend set aside for the Kokstad community to congregate on the St Patrick’s campus and enjoy sport, music, dance and good food)
    • The “Headmaster’s Challenge” is a serious event which takes place over a period of 7 months where strength  of character, physical strength, stamina and endurance are tested. Pupils must swim, mountain bike, run and hike at carefully planned events before they are recognised as elite pupils at St Patrick’s College! This is a highly sought after accolade.
    • The School places emphasis on the daily Christian walk and pupils are regularly reminded of the Christian calendar and the rich traditions of the Christian faith.