St Andrew’s School has been providing educational opportunities for boys from different faiths and cultural traditions who reside in Bloemfontein, the Free State, the other provinces of South Africa and beyond the borders of the country for well over a century-and-a-half.  It caters for boys from the age of three – in the Little Saints pre-primary school, to the age of 18 years

Headmaster's Message

A Warm Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to St Andrew’s Combined School Bloemfontein. Established in 1863, we are one of the oldest traditional boys’ schools in the country and in the Free State. We are a small school with a big heart, where tradition-inspired learning means hard work, discipline, respect, honesty, teamwork, empathy and excellence.

We’re an Anglican Church school, focused on a holistic education, where academics, sport and culture are all equally encouraged and appreciated, where we strive to be the best we can be, and where we frequently exceed our own high expectations.

Our dynamic and committed staff are passionate about teaching and leaders in their fields, keeping abreast of the latest trends in education to ensure we produce learners able to take their place proudly in society and add meaningful contributions to the world at large. 

Pastoral care is at the cornerstone of what we offer at St Andrew’s. Staff nurture caring relationships of genuine concern with pupils and parents resulting in meaningful teacher-pupil-parent relationships.

At St Andrew’s we celebrate diversity, inclusivity and the principle of Ubuntu meaning “I am, because you are”, where we embrace and respect the differences that bring us all together in a healthy community inspired by opportunities to achieve excellence in all spheres of school life.

At St Andrew’s; we are brothers, we are family. The thread of legacies, traditions and values of the past are the fabric of our blazers spanning multiple generations. The baton is being passed to those now who wear the blazer proudly to leave their own legacy. At St Andrew’s every boy is given the opportunity to become the best version of themselves.

Kind Regards,
Mr. Roland Rudd

Aims of the School

To inculcate a desire amongst all our members to live a Christian life.

To develop the intelligence and to form and strengthen the character of the young people entrusted to our school.

To provide quality education and so use and maintain school facilities, that we may assist our students to fit themselves spiritually,

intellectually, socially and physically for the work of life.


In pursuance of the above aims, we encourage:

Service to God and the community.

Justice, fair play, truth and honesty, friendliness, unselfishness,

Courtesy, consideration, appreciation, humour,

Reading, playing, sportsmanship and pride in work.


St Andrew’s has a very proud academic record. Smaller classes enable the school’s teachers to give their personal attention to every boy.

Among all-boys government schools, St Andrew’s is one of only four boys’ schools in the country to achieve a 100 percent pass rate for more than five consecutive years. In fact, the school has only had one failure in 28 years. The school with the second longest streak has managed it for 12 years.

St Andrew’s follows the CAPS syllabus and offers a diverse list of subjects to Matric level. Matric subjects are chosen in Grade 9 to start in Grade 10.


Developing the whole person is very important at St Andrew’s, it is part of our ethos and philosophy that learners are prepared for the work of life outside school. 

Ample opportunities are given to all boys to participate wholeheartedly in academics, sport, and cultural activities on campus.

Cultural activities are varied, the Chapel choir is our pride and joy, the Music Academy hosts over 300 boys and girls playing various instruments, we have debating, public speaking, chess and a wonderful track record of theatre and drama productions!

Our Ethos

Developing the whole person is very important at St Andrew’s, it is part of our ethos and philosophy that learners are prepared for the work of life outside school. 

We Connect

Ample opportunites are given to all boys to participate wholeheartedly in academics, sport and cultural activities on campus.


As we are small school, participation is vital for all boys! Getting involved is where the boys make friends and create a legacy for themselves.

Our sport facilities are top class, as are our coaches who put energy and skill and passion into coaching the boys to reach their potential in whatever they choose to do!

Cricket, rugby, squash, hockey and soccer are all offered at school level with boys regularly making provincial and national teams.


At Saints we believe in community service, and it is ingrained into our fabric, learners are encouraged to get involved in community work in the city and beyond.

Regular blood drives, park clean-ups, food and clothes collections and visits to animal shelters are run by both the junior school and senior school Interact Clubs. These two clubs are very active, and the boys quickly learn the joy there is to be found in giving.

Developing the whole person is very important at St Andrew’s, it is part of our ethos and philosophy that learners are prepared for the work of life outside school.

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The St Andrew’s Old Boys’ Association

The St Andrew’s Old Boys’ Association (OBA) is a true story of success, serving the community of Old Andreans, which remains a tight-knit group.

One of the advantages of St Andrew’s is the small size of its classes. This means that only small numbers of boys leave the school each year. Despite this, the Association’s numbers have grown steadily, the organisation has been strengthened, and its influence is widely celebrated.

There can be few, if any, better ways of measuring the tone, the soul, character and values of a school than appraising its former pupils and their interest in the school. There is little doubt, then, that Saint Andrew’s is among the best supported schools in South Africa by its Old Boys.

They are scattered throughout South Africa, Africa, Great Britain, North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Australasia. The South African diaspora of the late 20th century has seen the movement of many Old Andreans to other parts of the world.  Their influence has been felt in countless aspects of South African and overseas life, from the church to the professions, mining, farming and the armed services. These Old Andreans, by and large, are indeed proud of the fact that they were privileged to receive their education at St Andrew’s and have formed their own branches in various parts of the world.

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