About us

Curro was established in 1998 when Dr Chris van der Merwe, Curro’s former chief executive officer, envisioned the establishment of a small independent school that was initially intended to accommodate only an intermediate school phase (Grade 4 to Grade 7) in a converted house.

Soon after the planning had been completed, Eduard Ungerer, one of Chris’s business partners, joined him in the school venture. The school opened with 28 learners in a church in Durbanville, Cape Town on 15 July 1998. Other founding members were Loch van Niekerk, Eddie Conradie and Thys Franken.

From 2004 to 2010 Curro grew in strides as more investors got on board and the number of campuses increased to five with approximately 3 000 learners. By June 2011 Curro had 12 campuses with approximately 5 500 learners and was listed on the Alternative Exchange (AltX) of the JSE.

For the next eight years, Curro grew from strength to strength. Today, there are 145 schools on 59 campuses and 52 233 learners, including expansions into Botswana and Namibia.

We are, therefore, very proud to launch Curro Alumni and hope that you will find a meaningful and personal connection with us as well as with your fellow graduates.


Alumni benefits

You can enjoy the following benefits as Curro alumni:

  • Exclusive offers for your children at selected schools.
  • Connect with former classmates.
  • Assist in entrenching Curro's culture of giving by sharing your talents, skills and knowledge with current learners. 
  • Stay updated on news and events at participating schools.