Diocesan College

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Diocesan College

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The Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is more commonly known, is an independent, all-boys school situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa. It consists of three schools: the College for grades 8 – 12 and post matric (an optional year following grade 12 which covers the A-levels); the Preparatory School for grades 3 – 7 and the Pre-Preparatory School for Pre-Kindergarten – Grade0-2.

Established in 1849, it is the fifth-oldest existing school in Africa.


The institution is divided into three parts. Each functions largely independently of the others; but at the same time facilities are shared. The College is situated in Campground Road at the main campus, and a small portion of this land is used for the Pre-Preparatory School. The Preparatory School is nearby.

The Principal of the Diocesan College is Mr Grant Nupen. The school council has recently appointed Mr Vernon Wood as Headmaster of the senior school (College). Mr Greg Brown is the headmaster of the Preparatory School and Noell Andrews is Head of Department for the Pre-Preparatory School. Fr Terry Wilke is the Chaplain of the school, an important role as the school is an Anglican Church School.

The College has eight houses: Birt, Gray, Kidd, Mallett and Ogilvie for day-scholars. Founders, School and White are the boarding houses. Each house has about 70 – 100 students, who are looked after by a housemaster, who have one or two deputies. Tutors work in each...
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