A very warm welcome to the Peterhouse website which I trust you will find both informative and accessible.
Peterhouse is a top class independent school and like all other similar schools across the globe we offer our pupils an education which is characterised by an outstanding breadth of opportunity – excellent teaching, a very wide range of sporting, musical and extra-curricular activities and plenty of other remarkable challenges like reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. All of these experiences play their part in the development of self-confidence and character and in ensuring that our pupils leave us with the academic qualifications and personal qualities necessary to make a positive difference to life beyond school.
We unashamedly champion a core set of values – loyalty, decency, honesty, humility, service, self- sacrifice and respect – all based upon the Anglican tradition of the Christian faith and this underpins everything else we do. An education which is not based upon a strong core set of values is, in my view, almost worthless.
Howard Blackett has been Rector of Peterhouse since January 2013.
Prior to his appointment to Peterhouse Howard worked in the UK at The Royal Hospital School in Suffolk (Headmaster 2004 – 2012), Dover College in Kent (Headmaster 1997 – 2004), Ardingly College in West Sussex, Marlborough College in Wiltshire and St. Edward’s School, Oxford. He was a GAP student at Ruzawi School in 1979. Post university and prior to starting his career in teaching Howard was a Seaman Officer in the Royal Navy serving in the assault ship HMS Fearless and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.
Peterhouse is a community of three schools:
1. Peterhouse Boys (PHB) – a full boarding school for boys from Form 1 to 6th form (with girls from Peterhouse Girls being taught at 5th and 6th form level)
2. Peterhouse Girls (PHG) – a full boarding school, with a small number of day pupils, for girls from Form 1 to 6th form
3. Springvale House – a weekly boarding and day school for boys and girls from Grade 1 to Grade 7
4. In addition there is a Nursery School for boys and girls located at PHB
All Vth Form boys attend the ‘Far and Wide Leadership Course’ in Nyanga prior to the start of their final year. During this time special emphasis is given to leadership training and the Head of School and Heads of Houses are selected by The Rector and Housemasters.
In September 1951, Edward Paget, Bishop of Southern Rhodesia, wrote to the Rector of Michaelhouse in Natal, offering him the headship of a school that did not exist. Six months later, Fred Snell started working with Canon Robert Grinham and the Ruzawi School Board toward the creation of an independent senior school.
Peterhouse opened in 1955 under the rectorship of Fred Snell with 55 boys and within five years the number had risen to 360 according to plan. Peterhouse was founded as an Anglican boys’ country boarding school. Its aims were to promote the ideals of Christian manhood, academic excellence and social responsibility.
Peterhouse was given nine acres of land in the high basin above the Troutbeck Hotel by Mr C.G. Hanmer in May 1955. By the end of the year two cottages had been constructed on the land - Peterhaven and Giant's Castle.The first to be built was Peterhaven, the school's cottage, to serve the staff and pupils of Peterhouse. It has a large living room , a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen all but the latter being boarded over to provide a large loft which can provide sleeping space for 12 or more boys.
- The Association of Trust Schools.
- Our forms or year groups are called Blocks, and run bottom to top as D Block (Form 1), C Block (Form 2), B Block (Form 3), A Block (Form 4 - IGCSE), and 5th Form, 6th Form (A Level).
- The Conference of Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe.