These are Gauteng’s most popular public schools

Independent data journalists, Passmark, has released a new report on the most popular public high schools and primary schools in the Gauteng region.

The report which was compiled by veteran journalists Alastair Otter and Laura Grant, is based on the number of applications received by each school when Gauteng’s online registration system opened for late applications for grades one and eight for the 2018 school year on 1 November.

“By November, 402 schools had “received applications beyond their capacity” and were not available for late applications, Panyaza Lesufi, the head of Gauteng’s Education Department (GDE), said in a media statement when the online registration system opened again for late applications,” said Passmark.

“According to Lesufi, by 1 November, 98,928 of next year’s grade 8s had been placed in a school. Incredibly, 40,292 applications – 40% of the number that have been placed – were submitted to just 34 high schools.”

“Each of those high schools received more than 1,000 applications for grade 8. The combined capacity of those 34 schools was just over 8,300, according to the GDE. So more than 20,000 parents who applied to one of those schools at the beginning of this year would have been turned down and their child offered a place in another school,” it said.

High Schools

School  Suburb  Municipality No. of applicants  Capacity Non-fee/fee-paying?
Boksburg High School Boksburg Ekurhuleni 1 563 420 Fee-paying
Hoerskool Akasia Akasia Tshwane 1 525 240 Fee-paying
Mondeor High School Mondeor Johannesburg 1 515 360 Fee-paying
Pretoria High School for Girls   Arcadia Tshwane 1 512 343 Fee-paying
Alberton High School Alberton Ekurhuleni 1 473 175 Fee-paying
Sir John Adamson High School Winchester Hills Johannesburg 1 422 320 Fee-paying
Hoerskool President  Ridgeway Johannesburg 1 350 360 Fee-paying
Northcliff High School Northcliff Ex 3 Johannesburg 1 288 280 Fee-paying
Benoni High School  Benoni Ekurhuleni 1 285  335 Fee-paying
Hoerskool Gerrit Maritz  Pretoria North Tshwane 1 251  200 Fee-paying
Germiston High School  Germiston Ekurhuleni 1 226  245 Fee-paying
Edenvale High School  Edenvale Ekurhuleni 1 198  303 Fee-paying
Lenasia Secondary School  Lenasia Johannesburg 1 182  240 Fee-paying
Rand Park High School  Randpark Ridge Johannesburg 1 154  300 Fee-paying
Krugersdorp High School  Krugersdorp Johannesburg 1 139  280 Fee-paying
Hoerskool Birchleigh  Kempton Park Ekurhuleni 1 137  315 Fee-paying
Hoerskool Langenhoven  Capital Park Tshwane 1 136  319 Fee-paying
Florida Park High School  Florida Johannesburg 1 110  315 Fee-paying
Pretoria Boys’ High School  Brooklyn Tshwane 1 104  320 Fee-paying
Parktown Girls’ High School  Parkview Johannesburg 1 094  210 Fee-paying
Jeppe High School for Girls  Kensington Johannesburg 1 082  207 Fee-paying
Sunward Park High School  Boksburg Ekurhuleni 1 078  385 Fee-paying
Edenglen High School  Edenvale Ekurhuleni 1 072  280 Fee-paying
King Edward VII High School  Houghton Johannesburg 1 071  244 Fee-paying
Hoerskool Suiderlig  Vanderbijlpark Sedibeng 1 064  200 Fee-paying
Willowmere High  Benoni Ekurhuleni 1 046  256 Fee-paying
Jeppe High School for Boys  Kensington Johannesburg 1 035  223 Fee-paying
Rand Meisieskool – Girls School   Parktown Johannesburg 1 033  255 Fee-paying
The Glen High School  Waterkloof Glen Tshwane 1 033  237 Fee-paying
Bryanston High School  Bryanston Johannesburg 1 027  207 Fee-paying
Sutherland High School  Centurion Tshwane 1 027  271 Fee-paying
West Ridge High School  Roodepoort Johannesburg 1 025  315 Fee-paying
Queens High School  Bez Valley Johannesburg 1 023  290 Fee-paying
Phumlani Secondary School  Kaltehong Ekurhuleni 1 012  210 No-fee

Primary schools

In contrast to the high schools, only three primary schools got more than 1,000 applications each for grade 1 by November: Laerskool Akasia, Laerskool Theresapark and Bryanston Primary School.

These are the 20 Gauteng primary schools that had received the most applications for grade 1 by November 2017.

School  Suburb Municipality No. of applicants Capacity Non-fee/fee-paying?
Laerskool Akasia Akasia Tshwane  1 339  200  Fee-paying
Laerskool Theresapark Theresapark Tshwane  1 080  180  Fee-paying
Bryanston High School Bryanston Johannesburg  1 011  120  Fee-paying
Hamilton Primary School Pretoria Central Tshwane  897  97  Fee-paying
Laeskool Silverton Silverton Tshwane  877  301  Fee-paying
Alberton Primary School Alberton Ekurhuleni  837  160  Fee-paying
Mondeor Primary School Mondeor Johannesburg  787  160  Fee-paying
Alston Primary School Germiston Ekurhuleni  786  280  Fee-paying
Laerskool Oos-eind Sunnyside Tshwane  755  237  Fee-paying
Arcadia Primary School Arcadia Tshwane  753  102  Fee-paying
Alberview Primary School Randhart Ekurhuleni  748  160  Fee-paying
Selcourt Primary School Springs Ekurhuleni  746  200  Fee-paying
Florida Primary School Florida Johannesburg  738  160  Fee-paying
Germiston South Primary School Germiston Ekurhuleni  713  200  Fee-paying
Constantia Kloof Primary School Roodepoort Johannesburg  712  160  Fee-paying
Meredale Primary School Meredale Johannesburg  708  160  Fee-paying
Laerskool Danie Malan Pretoria North Tshwane  699  194  Fee-paying
Laerskool Rachel De Beer Pretoria North Tshwane  686  223  Fee-paying
Horizon View Primary School Roodepoort Johannesburg  684  160  Fee-paying
Laerskool Meyerspark Meyerspark Tshwane  670  207  Fee-paying

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