Hilton College is a non-denominational Christian College and Christian worship, values and principles are the foundation of College life. Hilton is amongst the oldest and best-known of the Independent Schools in South Africa. Established in 1872, the school is situated on a magnificent 1700-hectare estate in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), and its graceful Cape-Dutch architecture, extensive grounds and natural surroundings make it one of the most beautiful schools in the world. A portion of the estate is farmed commercially, and approximately 550 hectares have been declared a nature reserve, stocked with zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe, impala and nyala.
The school is a unique residential campus that offers exceptional opportunities to the boys to develop leadership skills for a democratic South Africa.
Hilton College boys live in seven separate boarding Houses, ‘homes from home’, with Housemaster and Assistant Housemaster accommodation attached to each of the Houses. Parents are close partners with the school in caring for and nurturing their sons.
The school has a unique leadership program in which all Grade 12 boys actively participate in the management and leadership of the school. In addition, each Grade 12 leader is assigned a Grade 8 boy to mentor.
A PLAN FOR EACH HILTON BOY
At the core of the Hilton ethos is a plan for EACH Hilton boy. Boys are encouraged to learn the value of hard work and practice. As a result, Hilton College’s academic record is an impressive and strong one. Hilton has long been established as one of the great sporting schools of South Africa and there are, in addition to this, vibrant drama and music courses as part of our Arts programme, as well as the environmental opportunities presented by the 1700-hectare estate.
Hilton College boys enjoy world-class facilities which include modern laboratories, a richly resourced complex of library, computer and audio-visual centres, counselling rooms, lecture theatres, an art gallery and a 550 seater theatre.
The sporting facilities are extensive: eight turf wickets, numerous Rugby and Hockey fields, two AstroTurf Hockey pitches, Tennis and Squash courts, a heated aquatics centre, a Golf practice range, a conditioning centre, and an indoor sports centre incorporating two Basketball courts and five impressive indoor Cricket nets.
At Hilton College, we strive to produce a gentleman who is an innovative critical thinker, displays personal mastery, moral and ethical conduct, grit/resilience, and who cares passionately about the environment and other people.
We require applicants for our Grade 8 year, amongst other things, to visit us for a personal interview with a senior member of staff and to provide us with a copy of a recent school report. Boys are admitted to Grades 9 to 11 (Forms 2 – 4) only if a place becomes available. Entry is determined by previous academic performance.
Registration may be completed at any time from the applicant’s birth onwards, preferably by no later than the end of his Grade 6 year. During the Grade 6 year the registered applicant and his parents are required to visit Hilton College for a relaxed, personal, one-on-one tour of Hilton and an interview with a senior member of staff.