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Our Story

Our Story

The children of South Africa deserve an education that best serves their needs without any compromise. SPARK Schools aims to provide a model that is affordable to the country and produces internationally competitive scholars.

The state of South African education is stark, with South Africa consistently ranked among the worst performing education systems in the world. While pursuing an MBA at Gordon Institute of Business Science, SPARK Schools co-founders Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison decided that, instead of waiting for others to create the change in education, it was up to them to do so. Ryan and Stacey wanted to create schools where they would be proud and confident enough to send their own children. Although Ryan and Stacey did not have experience in the education sector, they believed that their fresh approach to education combined with their business acumen would offer a sustainable, high quality solution to the education crisis in South Africa. SPARK Schools was born, with a mission to provide access to high quality education for all South Africans through the accessibility of affordable education.

SPARK Schools is a network of primary schools dedicated to delivering accessible, high quality education. SPARK Ferndale, the first school in the SPARK Schools network, opened in 2013, and achieved tremendous academic results in its first year of operation. Following on this success, the SPARK team opened SPARK Cresta in 2014, SPARK Maboneng and SPARK Bramley in 2015, and SPARK Midrand, SPARK Lynedoch (Stellenbosch), SPARK Rynfield and SPARK Centurion in 2016. In January 2017 the network will grow to eleven schools with SPARK Randpark Ridge, SPARK Silver Lakes and SPARK Carlswald. Our vision at SPARK Schools is to open new schools each year throughout South Africa.

South African parents deserve better educational opportunities for their children. So, we’re not stopping in Johannesburg– SPARK is spreading to cities and communities across South Africa to ensure that all South African children have access to a world-leading education.

Individualised Learning

We believe that schools need to be re-imagined to best serve students and their families. SPARK Schools uses a blended learning program, which combines traditional classroom teaching and online learning, to individualise education for all students.

Professional Educators

We believe that excellent teachers drive exceptional education. SPARK Schools educators are committed to student achievement and the movement to improve education in South Africa.

Path to Success

We believe all children should have access to high quality education and that all children are capable of achievement. At SPARK Schools, the path to university and successful careers begins in primary school.

Our Mission

Student achievement is the heart of our mission, and our blended learning model provides a precise, powerful tool for teachers to ensure their students’ success. Every day, SPARK educators and scholars prove what is possible in South African education, and SPARK Schools is providing a blueprint for education in the new South Africa. SPARK Schools aims to open 64 primary schools across South Africa in the next decade to provide quality education to all South African communities.

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."

Peter Drucker, Management consultant, Educator and Author