A contemporary mainstream school with an inclusive LSEN unit
Eden Academy will open its doors in January 2020 as a contemporary mainstream school, providing a quality and affordable education to children from Grades 1-3 & 4 (subject to enrolment numbers). Each consecutive year we will add a grade until we reach Grade-7 in 2024. In addition we will offer a LSEN unit, that specialises in teaching children with specific barriers to learning how to overcome and manage these challenges effectively.
Eden Academy will be registered with the Department of Education and we will follow a CAPS curriculum with a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy and enquiry based learning techniques. We recognise that traditional mainstream education must evolve and respond to rapidly advancing globalisation and technology dynamics. Our distinctive approach to mainstream education will focus on teaching children the skills and attitudes of creative and critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and co-creation, grit and determination, creative enquiry and innovation. We will ensure that we prepare our learners for their future by providing an engaging learning environment that grows them mentally, emotionally, socially, physically and attitudinally.
Eden Academy provides links and strategic partnerships with a wide range of sporting specialists and other schools, which enables our learners to participate in a range of sports to suit their preferences and aptitudes.
A warm welcome from our Founding Principal
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our new school, Eden Academy, embracing both mainstream and LSEN Grades 1 to 3.
Following the completion of my tenure as Principal of Umhlali Preparatory School in 2018, I realised that I was not ready for retirement and was thrilled when the founders of Eden Academy approached me to take on the role of Founding Principal, so fulfilling a long-held dream of developing a contemporary mainstream school with a much needed inclusive LSEN unit on the North Coast.
Set within the picturesque grounds of Eden Village, our school provides parents with a quality and affordable education for their children within a peaceful and nurturing environment, close to nature.
At Eden Academy we have our hearts and minds set on delivering an education to our learners that is relevant and adaptable to an evolving global landscape. As our children face the impending reality of the fourth industrial revolution, it is imperative that they are provided with the skills, attitudes and knowledge to enable them to make an impact in the workplace and humanity wherever they journey in life.
I will dedicate much of my time to working with our teachers to develop a diverse range of teaching strategies, that will encourage and teach our learners to develop a deep sense of curiosity and a love of learning. We will foster a culture of participation in lessons so that learners learn to collaborate, while they tackle various tasks that stretch their abilities to think critically, creatively and complete assignments that further their education. In order for our learners to thrive, our teachers will help each learner to find and pursue their passion, developing a desire to learn more and achieve their developmental milestones.
We have proudly included a LSEN unit at Eden Academy. The provision of specialised education and therapy for learners with special educational needs has always been a passion and a priority for me, especially for the wider Ballitoville community, where to date parents have either needed to travel to Livingstone Remedial School in Durban or undertake home schooling and support therapy for their children.
Being an all inclusive school, the interaction and wellbeing of our learners will remain a priority, and with encouragement and support each learner will be taught to be respectful of themselves, others and their surroundings. Learners will also be taught to be resilient and organised, filled with the grit and determination to succeed in an ever-changing world. Our beautiful campus, modern facilities and resources, and most importantly our greatest resource: our staff, will be developed further thus allowing us to enhance the Eden Academy learning environment in which our learners can flourish.
Registration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has commenced and the CAPS curriculum will be the guiding curriculum used in the school. Being an independent school will enable the teachers the flexibility to utilise different and diverse teaching strategies.
Partnerships and close relationships with clubs, organisations, the business community and benefactors will enable us to serve the wider community in a positive and meaningful manner. Visitors to our school are encouraged so affording you the opportunity to view the school in session. Please contact the school at for further information.