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United Church Schools
NPO Number: 052-107-NPO
PBO Number: 930000599

44 Frances Street, Yeoville
PO Box 93016, Yeoville, 2143

Tel: 011 648 4727
Fax: 086 649 9080

United we stand firm and overcome our challenges.

The characteristics of pride, self-confidence and self-discipline are striking features of the United Church Schools (UCS) environment. The leadership of UCS is in the capable hands of the principal, Ms Helenne Ulster, who oversees the running of both the primary and high schools.

Humble beginnings
UCS first opened its doors in 1990 in the St George’s United Presbyterian Church Hall in Joubert Park to cater for scholars living in the Johannesburg inner city and surrounding townships. Thanks to the vision of its founders and a staff of high-calibre teachers, UCS soon developed into a well-respected school accommodating over 500 learners from Grade R to Grade 12. Under the leadership of its founders, Rev Rod Adamson (retired), Ms Christia Rossouw (retired) and Ms Helenne Ulster, UCS has become a benchmark of education in South Africa.

Registered independent school
UCS is registered with the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) and with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). In 2011 we celebrated 21 years of successfully delivering the best possible all-round education to our learners.

Affordable fees
UCS offers a “private school” standard of education at a cost that is affordable for lower income families. We are fortunate to have  the support of many loyal and far-sighted donors. We also receive a subsidy from the Gauteng Department of Education which accounts for approximately 25% of our income. Thanks to these sources of funding, we are able to keep our school fees low and affordable for residents in the community. We are also able to sponsor the school fees of a number of indigent and orphaned scholars every year.

United Church Primary School
Under the able management of our primary school academic head, Mrs Louise Tamboer, UCS Primary School caters to 250 learners from the Foundation Phase through to Grade 6. We are particularly proud to be the first school in Johannesburg to be pioneering the Back to Basics learning programme, developed in America for Grade R to Grade 6. Within the first few months of implementing this programme we began to see outstanding results, with even our Grade R learners making advanced progress in reading, writing, numeracy and science.

United Church High School
The UCS High School has 250 learners from Grades 7 to 12. Under the management of our academic, head Mr Daniel Matthew, learners receive dedicated tuition and an all-round education in small classes with a ratio of 25 learners per teacher. We offer a comprehensive selection of subjects up to Grade 12 level, including mathematics, science and computer skills. Our learners love to participate in our active and vibrant arts department, enjoying singing, drama, dance and instrumental music. Our sporting activities and other extra mural programmes are equally popular.

Qualified teachers
UCS is committed to employing fully qualified teachers, and we are fortunate to have secured a body of dedicated staff, despite our budget constraints. Our teachers are supported by a highly professional system of teacher management and evaluation. One of our greatest strengths is the high quality of leadership that we provide for our te

Serving the community
Located in the heart of Yeoville, UCS has close ties with the community. We enjoy an association with St Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Yeoville and use the church facilities for school assemblies and functions. Once a term, our learners lead the worship at the St Mark’s Sunday Service. We have an association with the Yeoville Community School to share its sporting facilities. The Living Maths programme hosted by our school is open to learners throughout the community. We are proud to be the school selected for learners from Nkosi’s Haven and Ikageng Itirileng. We encourage our parents to support their children and take an active part in the activities of the school, and we engage regularly with community organisations involved in the fight against drug abuse and HIV/Aids.

Stability and structure
UCS has adopted a disciplinary code which extends from strict rules regarding school uniforms to zero tolerance of disruptive behaviour, alcohol and drug abuse. School attendance and punctuality are imperative. The application of disciplinary measures is firm and fair and both the learners and their parents understand that the school’s discipline is in their best interests. The high standard of behaviour expected from our learners contributes significantly to the stability of the school. Learners at UCS are in a safe and caring environment where they are loved and respected, and have the freedom to learn and enjoy rewarding extra mural activities. As a result, UCS learners love coming to school and they wear their uniform with pride.

Practical and cheerful premises
UCS found an innovative solution to the challenge of providing affordable school premises. We have acquired a number of residential properties on Frances Street in Yeoville and improvised and adapted these to create school buildings. Two adjoining buildings accommodate our high school learners and a single residence across the road serves as our primary school. Our premises may be small but they offer a homely environment and the advantage of small class sizes. The buildings are clean, painted in cheerful colours and decorated with learner’s works of art, inspirational posters and photos of the learners.