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Rector's Welcome

A very warm welcome to the Peterhouse website, which I trust you will find both relevant and informative.

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, plenty remarkable opportunities to be enjoyed (like reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro) and well-structured leadership training. 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.

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Rector's Profile

Jon Trafford has been Rector of Peterhouse since January 2020.

Jon will be well known to many Petreans and parents. He started his teaching career at Peterhouse in 1985 and left in 1991 as a much respected member of staff and housemaster. He joined the staff of the International School of South Africa, Mafikeng and was a housemaster there. In 1996 Jon moved to Michaelhouse as a teacher/housemaster before moving to assume the role of founding Head at Chesterhouse in Durbanville in the Western Cape. 

In 2008 Jon joined the staff of Kingswood in Grahamstown as Senior School Head, going on to become College Head and eventually Executive Head of The College Foundation. Jon has achieved high levels of professional development in Southern Africa and further afield and maintained close links with and senior roles in SAHISA and ISASA.

Aims of the Peterhouse Group

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

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Academic Staff

Mr Jon Trafford

Mr F de Kock B.Ed (Hons), HOD Snr Prim

Mr AP Griggs BSc (Hons) PGCE MRSB

Mr TLC Mushiko Cert Ed DIMAV

Mrs R Mudiwa BA (Hons) Grad Cert Ed Dip T&T Dip French

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Senior Pupil Appointments

Peterhouse Boys Office Bearers for 2022

What a special time of the year - huge congratulations to the following boys, we are looking forward to watching you lead:

Head of School - Adiel Mugoro (F)

Deputy Head of School &
Head of Tinokura - Kian Arnold (S)

Senior Scholar - Simbarashe Dube (M)

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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.

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Glossary of Terms

- 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. 

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