Rated second in South African public schools for its performance in Mathematics and Science, based on 2009 matric results, the school continues its academic excellence with a 100% pass rate in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 matric exams.

These excellent results are achieved through:

  • A vibrant and positive attitude amongst parent(s)/guardian(s), learners and educators.
  • Modern, well equipped classrooms, laboratories, computer centres, art, technology and music rooms.
  • Our team of dedicated educators include an additional 36 teachers employed by the School Governing Body.
  • Smaller sized classrooms ranging from 15 to 30 learners per class.

Our primary focus is and will always be academics. Our matric results are a true reflection of the effort, passion and dedication that collectively we strive to maintain at school. Some of Fairmont’s academic achievements over the past years are as follows:


  • 65 A-aggregates
  • 534 Subject distinctions
  • 99.2% pass rate
  • 33% subject A’s in Physical Sciences
  • 25% subject A’s in Mathematics
  • 69% subject A’s in History
  • 67% subject A’s in Music
  • 55% subject A’s in Business Studies
  • 41% subject A’s in Life Sciences
  • 37% subject A’s in Mathematical Literacy
  • 29% A’s in Visual Arts
  • 25% A’s in Accountancy
  • 90 distinctions in English
  • 56 distinctions in Afrikaans
  • Overall average for all subjects: 68.9%
  • Best Improvement in Mathematics
  • Best Improvement in Information Technology
  • Highest number of passes in English Home Language


  • 100% pass rate
  • Highest overall average over 5 years, of 67.8%
  • Highest number of distinctions (%) over 5 years
  • 406 Subject distinctions
  • Highest number of subject B’s and C’s over 5 years (%)
  • Top candidate Josie Burness:  Aggregate 93.7%
  • Top English candidate in the country: Josie Burness 99%
  • Top Life Sciences candidate in the Western Cape: Kayla Heinrich
  • 36 A-aggregates; up 5.4% from 2014
  • 13 candidates score straight 7 distinctions
  • 1 candidate scores straight 8 distinctions (Josie)
  • Business Studies – Tarryn Kellett 8th in WP
  • English Home Language – Josie Burness 1st in South Africa
  • Italian – Lorena Cozzolino 3rd out of 4
  • Life Orientation – Josie Burness 8th in WP
  • Life Sciences – Kayla Heinrich 1st in WP



  • 99.6% pass rate
  • 24 "A" Aggregates
  • 7 pupils received 7 straight "A's"
  • 78.3% university entrance qualifications
  • Overall subject average of 64.2%
  • Awarded R15 000 for the most improved results in the Western Province in Mathematics and English for the Systemic Assessments of 2014. Awarded by the MEC Education, Western Cape.




  • 100% pass rate
  • 37 “A”-Aggregates
  • Premier’s Award for Excellence in English
  • 18 pupils received 7 straight “A’s”
  • One learner offered an additional subject and scored 8 straight “A’s”
  • Placed in the Top 10 in the Province for performance in Maths and Sciences in the Systemic Tests of 2013



2012 was another outstanding academic year for our school.


  • The school was invited to a luncheon hosted by the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille to receive an award for excellence in English Home language for having the highest number of A passes in our district and the highest number of English passes in the Western Cape.
  • In addition to this achievement we once again had a 100% pass rate and top positions in the top 10 in the Western Cape in Information Technology 1st and 5th positions, Physical Science, Business Studies, Design and 4th, 5th and 6th positions in Additional Mathematics.
  • Two of our matrics were accepted to Medical Schools bringing to six the total number of our past pupils currently studying medicine.
  • We continue to receive congratulatory letters from the top universities in the country with respect to the quality of pupils that we send to university. Many of them are on Deans’ lists who graduate Cum Laude.


2011 was another bumper academic year:


  • 100% pass rate
  • 332 subject distinctions
  • 87% university entrance qualifications
  • Overall subject average of 67%
  • 8 of our pupils were placed in the top 10 in the Western Cape in 8 different subjects including:  Mathematics, Physical Science, Accountancy, Business Studies, Visual Art, English, Afrikaans and Life Orientation
  • We were the top school in the Northern Suburbs in Afrikaans Home Language Paper 2; with the highest number of A’s in the province in Business Studies
  • Top school in the Northern Suburbs in English.


Our academic excellence continued:


  • 100% pass rate
  • Computer Information Technology average 75%
  • In a year where many schools were disappointed with their history results we had a subject average for history of 71%
  • 7 of our pupils were placed in the top 10 positions in the Western Cape in 7 different subjects
  • 4 of our matrics in 2010 were accepted into medical school


An academic highlight for Fairmont was the rating of 2nd position in SouthAfrica for Matric Mathematics by the Department of Basic Education and the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund. This award was received in 2010.




  • 100% pass rate
  • 340 subject distinctions
  • Overall subject average 67%
  • University entrance qualifications 87%
  • Average for mathematics 69%
  • Number A’s in mathematics 48

In 2009, Fairmont was rated the 2nd top mathematics state school in South Africa. This earned us a grant in 2010 of R150 000 from the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund.