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John Wesley School

Here is a brief history of our incredible school and the phenomenal growth we have experienced since our humble beginnings.

In 1977, a pre-primary programme for 10 children was started by Lynn Jolliffe, the wife of the then Pinetown Methodist Church’s minister, Reverend Derek Jolliffe, in their garage. In 1979, the little school known as “Happy Days” moved to the church premises and grew to 75 children. In 1987, in defiance of the apartheid policy, the next minister, the late Reverend Ray Light welcomed increasing numbers of black children. To ensure they continued to enjoy a better standard of education, volunteers converted the Church basement to accommodate 25 Grade 1 children in 1989. Permission to develop a primary school was subsequently obtained and John Wesley School was officially registered with the Natal Education Department on 2 November 1989.