EPS grows from strength to strength

Ms Wright and her Sub B class are pictured going to their new class in 1983.

Shortly after the first residents moved to Edgemead in 1972, a group met to discuss the need for a school.

It took six long years of planning and meetings by the then newly-formed Edgemead Residents’ Association in support of this parent group, before the Department of Education rented six houses in Lombard Way from Garden Cities, and pupils enrolled at Edgemead Preparatory School in January 1979.

The school, accommodating Sub A, Sub B and Standard 1 pupils, had an enrolment of 95 pupils: 48 boys, 47 girls.

In January 1980 Edgemead Preparatory School officially became known as Edgemead Primary School as it now accommodated Standard 2 pupils.

Michael King was appointed principal. Mr King served the school until his retirement at the end of 1996. The teaching staff doubled from four to eight, the pupils to 185, and additional houses were made available, as well as pre-fabricated classrooms and a caravan.

A tender offer of R2.2 million was accepted, and the newly-constructed school building was officially opened at the beginning of 1983.

There were soon 660 pupils, 29 staff and, by 1987, EPS was the largest English medium primary school in the Peninsula, with 850 pupils and 37 staff.

Because of its continued rapid growth, a further R1 million was allocated and 10 additional classrooms built in 1991.

Fred van Vuuren was appointed principal in 1997 and served the school until his retirement at the end of 2015.

There was a devastating fire in 1997, arson was suspected, but SAPS never found the culprits. However, turning a tragedy into a triumph, a modern computer centre was incorporated into the rebuilding.

Today, EPS under the leadership of principal,
Gregory Stokell, has a total enrolment of 1 251 pupils and a staff complement (teaching and support) of 83.