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Treverton Schools


Treverton Preparatory School and College, situated in Mooi River, South Africa, cater for boys and girls of all faiths from Grades 000 to 12 and Post-Matric. A member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), Treverton is an inter-denominational Christian school founded on a Baptist heritage.


Peter Binns opened the original Treverton Preparatory School for Boys on the present Prep School site in 1939, serving as Headmaster until his death in 1957. It had been his wish that Treverton continue in perpetuity, but it was “with great sadness and utmost reluctance” that his successor, Douglas Pennington, and the administrators decided to close the school and put the property up for sale in 1961. The Rev Sydney Hudson-Reed, then President of the Baptist Union of South Africa, cherished the idea of establishing a school embracing the Baptist ethos. He visited the derelict Treverton in 1963, shared his enthusiasm with friends and encouraged his brother Derek Hudson-Reed, a teacher at St Stithians College, to visit the school site.

The five Founders of the Treverton Trust who re-established the school, were the Rev Dr Syd Hudson-Reed, Prof John Jonsson, Dr Derek Hudson-Reed (RIP 2003), Mr Wilfred Harland (RIP 1998) and the Rev Rae Trew.

The Preparatory School opened in 1964 with 51 pupils under the headmastership of Derek Hudson-Reed, who took the school through to the first Matric class in 1970. Girls were first admitted in 1978 and the Post-Matric course started in 1987.


Treverton College is a mainstream, independent, co-educational school writing the Independent Examinations Board examinations.

Since 1995 it has enjoyed a 100% National Senior Certificate (Matric) pass rate, and a current 90% exemption rate among Grade 12 classes. (The national I.E.B average for South African Independent Schools in 2007 was a 78% exemption rate.) In 2007, 50% of the entire Grade 12 year averaged of over 70%. Treverton does not require an entrance examination, but acceptance is dependant on school reports and interviews.

Environmental education

Over the years Treverton has developed a reputation as a leader in Environmental Education / Education for Sustainable Development at school level. The 270-hectare Treverton estate has a variety of ecosystems - wetland, grassland, rocky outcrops, springs, spring dams, catchment area and indigenous forest together with exotic forest and plants.

In 2000 a game fence was erected and the Treverton Wildlife Area (TWA) was established as the first natural, wildlife and game area in South Africa entirely managed by school pupils and staff under the guidance of experts in the field.


  • In 2000 runner-up in the Natural Resources Section of the Green Trust Awards and the TWA recognised as a Site of Conservation Significance by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
  • In 2001 awarded the Green Trusts' Overall Winners prize.
  • In 2002 the Volvo (South Africa) Environmental Awards awarded Treverton second place and in 2003 outstanding acknowledgements.

For three consecutive years Treverton has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag (2005, 2006, and 2007).

International environmental involvement

In 1982 Treverton hosted the first International Environmental Education Conference in Southern Africa at which the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) was formed. In 2004 Treverton hosted the EEASA and ENO conferences. ENO-Environment Online is a global virtual school for environmental awareness

Contact Details:
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Treverton Schools


Where To Find Us Treverton Schools are located in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Mooi River is on the national road between Johannesburg and Durban, about a ninety-minute drive from the Durban International Airport. The school has its own airstrip for parents who own light aircraft. Greyhound Coaches (on the Durban - Johannesburg route) stop in Mooi River and Treverton also arranges for buses to ferry pupils to and from Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Directions from Durban Approaching Mooi River, from the Durban side. Take the off ramp immediately before the Mooi River Toll Plaza. Toll price is in the region of R19.00. Turn left after going through toll, and come to T-junction, with Wimpy and Engen service station in front of you. Turn right and head towards Mooi River town. After about a half a kilometre, you will cross the Mooi river. Continue straight through traffic circle (service stations on either side of the road), and go up the hill. The road will cross over the main N3 highway. After crossing the N3, about 300 m ahead, you will find the "Treverton" sign and entrance, on the right hand side of the road. Turn right,into Treverton. Directions from Johannesburg Approaching Mooi River, from Johannesburg side. Take the Mooi River /Treverton North off ramp and go through the toll gate. (This off ramp is before the main toll plaza.) Toll price is in the region of R8.00. At the stop street, turn left (sign says "Estcourt R103").Travel for approximately 2 km until you come to a T-junction with the R103. Turn right, heading towards Mooi River town, and about 100 m along, you will find the "Treverton" sign and entrance on the left hand side of the road. Turn left, into Treverton.