St Stithians, a South African private school, is partnering with native ed tech Valenture Institute to launch a £4,000-a-year online school in January next year.

Registration for St Stithians Online School opens 16 November and classes delivering an international British curriculum accredited by Pearson Edexcel will start in January 2021.

The online school will accept South African and international students from Grade 8 upwards and charge R85,000 (£4,120) a year.

To launch its first online school, St Stithians has tapped South Africa’s Valenture Institute, which last month received $7 million from GSV Ventures.

Students of St Stithians Online School will take classes online but will be able to participate in “selected sports” on campus in Sandton, Johannesburg.  

“All academics” will be completed online, “combining live classes with high-quality interactive materials”.

Qualifications offered under its curriculum will include international GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels.

St Stithians is not the only school operator moving to capitalise on the increasing popularity of virtual schooling amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read our analysis of the booming online schooling market here.

Date published: 5 November 2020

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