Frequently Asked Questions
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Are you a registered school?
Yes, with dual accreditation – a private independent school in South Africa, GDE number JE 700400611 and Cambridge International School, number ZA253
How does the Cambridge syllabus work?
It is a normal academic syllabus like the GDE or IEB. The grading is equivalent to the normal schooling system in South Africa, grade 1 to 12.
What are the biggest differences between the Cambridge syllabus and other syllabi available in South Africa?
Cambridge focus primarily on problem solving. Exam questions challenge students to apply the knowledge they have gained during the year. This prepares students to think out of the box in order to solve problems in the workplace.
Cambridge Secondary offers a post matric grade 13 level, called A–Levels.
What are the benefits of the Cambridge system?
It is accepted by all tertiary institutions in South Africa. It also open doors at tertiary institutions in 195 countries internationally.
When can my child move to Cambridge from a GDE or IEB school?
At any time during the academic year.
Can my child move from a Cambridge school to a GDE or IEB school?
Yes, a student can move at any time.
What Cambridge subjects are on offer at Lonehill Academy?
English Language And Literature; English Literature; Afrikaans Foreign Language; French Foreign Language (Additional Subject); Mathematics; Add Mathematics; Chemistry; Physics; Biology; History; Geography; Environmental Management; Travel And Tourism; Information And Communication Technology (Ict); Computer Science; Business Studies; Economics; Accountancy; Music (Add.Subject); Art (Add.Subject)
How does the examination/assessments work for primary school students?
Primary school students write internal school examinations during the year and at year end. It is recommended that students write external examinations set by Cambridge on specific levels.
How does the examination/assessments work for high school students?
Grade 8 and 9 students (Cambridge Checkpoint phase) write internal examinations in all subjects. Students on these levels who are well prepared can also register for external Cambridge examinations in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
Grade 10 students (Cambridge IGCSE core level) write internal examinations in all subjects. Students on this level who are well prepared can also register for external Cambridge examinations in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
Grade 11 students (Cambridge IGCSE extended level) write internal examinations during the year and final Cambridge year end examinations in all subjects registered for.
Grade 12 students (Cambridge Advanced subsidiary – AS level) write internal examinations during the year and final Cambridge year end examinations in all subjects which they have registered for.
When do students write external cambridge examinations?
During October/November of each year. Students on grade 12 level can improve on their marks by entering for the May / June Cambridge examination series for a rewrite.
How does a student obtain a South African matric certificate with full university exemption?
When Cambridge issues the final matric (AS/A level certificates) it is converted into a matric certificate by universities South Africa – previously known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA).
Does Cambridge offer Maths Lit?
No. Cambridge only offers pure Mathematics as a subject. Students who struggle with Mathematics can still obtain a national senior matric certificate. Students can obtain this qualification scoring 60% or C-symbol in Cambridge Mathematics on grade 10 (IGCSE core level). See the academic summary annexure.
What are the minimum number of subjects required in Grade 12 (AS level) to achieve a full matric excemption for South African universities?
Four Grade 12 subjects (AS level) with a minimum score of 50% / D-symbol and one subject on Grade 11 level with 60% / C-symbol. 5 different subjects in total.
What are the minimum number of subjects required in Grade 12 (AS level) to achieve a national senior certificate (standard grade matric) with a SAQA conversion to study at any university of technology in South Africa?
Two Grade 12 subjects (AS level) with a minimum score of 50% / D-symbol and three subjects on grade 11 level with 60% / C-symbol. 5 different subjects in total.
Can my child apply for enrolment at any of the tertiary institutions in the 195 countries mentioned on the Cambridge website?
Yes. Students will use their Cambridge certificates obtained.
Must students have a laptop or tablet available?
The school does not supply personal laptops or tablets. Students need to buy their own devices.
How does the computer lab function?
Stand-alone computers with internet access are used by all students enrolled for ITC or Computer Science.
How do students access the internet when required for academic purposes?
The school provides internet access and sufficient data at fast speeds for students. This service is covered by the academic levy raised at the beginning of each year.
Where do students buy their text books from?
The school supply all relevant text books in digital format or hard copies depending on availability.
How is the syllabus supplied?
The school supply the syllabus and all supplementary materials for each subject. Students enroling for the sciences do practicals in the school laboratory in biology, chemistry and physics.
Does the student wear a prescribed school uniform?
Yes. Please observe the uniform policy and procedure.
Is there a prefect system?
Yes. Prefects are elected each year for the primary and secondary levels. Head prefects are selected from the prefect group.
Does the school offer academic bursaries?
The school will be offering bursaries from 2018 in terms of the revised financial policy.