Welcome from the Head

On behalf of our school community, we welcome you to Somerset College Preparatory. The Preparatory School offers an exciting and impressive educational experience, located on a beautiful campus.


Mr Jan de Waal

The value of independent, faith-based schooling is the focus on educating and nurturing the whole child; offering learning experiences that reach beyond core academic areas. Not being dictated to in terms of pace and content, schools have the flexibility to adapt to the individual needs of young children in a smaller class environment.

Mr Jan de Waal, Head of the Preparatory School, was appointed in January 2008, prior to which he was Head at Sweet Valley Primary School in Cape Town.

He began his career as a senior school teacher, worked in the corporate sector for a time, and also ran a school spanning Grades 1 to 12 where he discovered his affinity for the primary school environment.

Passionate about teaching, he feels every child in the school should have a caring, nurturing environment which will assist in the building of self-confidence and esteem needed to pass on to the next phase of the child’s school career.