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Affordable Education with Royal Schools

In 1993 during apartheid in South Africa, Dr Ben Fourie Snr. (1940-2014) and his family decided to start a school, to help educate disadvantaged black learners in the inner city of Pretoria.

With an engrained passion for education, he managed to plant the seeds for what would become a successful educational organisation.

The first school was opened in Pretoria in 1993 with 43 learners and 6 staff members.

Why was there a need for affordable independent schools education in 1993?

  • In many cases black learners did not have anywhere else to go to receive a quality education
  • Black learners were simply not allowed in white schools
  • Township schools were often still burning as a result of the “liberation before education” slogan that originated after the 1976 Soweto uprisings
  • Most of the “elite” private schools were unaffordable to the parents of these learners

Over the past 24 years Royal Schools has always stood on the following pillars:

  • Uncompromising quality of education
  • Consistent affordability
  • Economic and financial viability
  • Good relationships with parents, the community and other stakeholders.


  • Royal Schools currently manages 4 independent schools with almost 4000 learners and more than 190 staff members. A further 4 schools are planned over the next 4 years.

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