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School Profile:
600 students, 11-21 yrs.
UK curriculum

PO Box 750, Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: (+267) 392 4333/391 9179 ;
Fax: (+267) 392 4313
legae@info.bw; http://www.info.bw/~legae

Legae Academy

Established in 1992 as a coeducational independent secondary school, over the past dozen years Legae Academy has achieved an international reputation for providing its students with access to a world classw education at an affordable price. Its fees have been kept substantially lower than other quality private schools. This has been possible notwithstanding the fact that the Academy has not sought sponsorship by corporations, embassies or other external donors, allowing it to admit qualified applicants on a first come first served basis.

The Academy is the sister school to Legae English Medium Primary School, which opened its doors in 1983. Both Legae schools strive to combine the time honoured strengths of Botswana’s indigenous culture with a cosmopolitan outlook that prepares students to meet the rapidly evolving demands of tomorrow’s global economy.

The Legae Academy is fully registered with the Botswana Ministry of Educ ation (no. SE 4/6/150 of 1992), in accordance with all applicable local educational statutes. It is also member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and Botswana Association of Private Schools (BAPS). Through the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) the Academy is internationally certified as an approved Oxford, Cambridge, and Royal Society of the Arts (OCR) examinations centre.

In 1998 the Legae Academy was among the select group of education and training institutions from around the world, and the first in Botswana, that were honoured as recipients of the “Arch of Europe International Quality Award” in the Gold Category. Legae’s institutional quality was further recognised in 2003 when its management was selected to recieve two additional international honours: the “Golden Star for Management Merit” and “Worldwide Quality XXI Century” awards.

Over the years Legae’s standing has also received local recognition. In 1998 the MOE Department of Secondary Education issued an inspection report on the Academy, whose Executive Summary concluded:

“The school is well poised for efficiency and productivity. The available management structures enable communication and consultation which creates a suitable working environment. The general up-keep of the school also creates a conducive learning environment. The receptive mood of the staff and the relaxed atmosphere are pointers to a conducive learning environment which is imperative for a school of this status.”

“Legae” is a Setswana word for “home”. Both Legae schools share a basic commitment to providing a secure and caring environment that facilitates a culture of learning. Their common logo shows fledglings being reared in their nest. The Academy’s Setswana motto- “Thuto go aga Botho” - roughly translates as “Education builds humanity”, while the additional English motto- “every child is yours”- reflects the indigenous tradition that all members of a community have a collective responsibility in moulding the next generation.

The Legae Academy is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of its Managing Director, the Principal (ex-officio), a representative of the Ministry of Education, Gaborone City Council, Parents’ representatives, directors and additional members as provided for under appropriate Education (Private Secondary Schools) Regulations and the guide lines set out in the Education Act.


“The school is commended for offering a highly diversified curriculum. This curriculum recognises the wide ability range of students and provides equitable education for all.”- MOE inspection report

At Legae it is recognised that all students are blessed with a unique mixture of scholastic and other abilities that can be best maximised through educational approaches that promote self-learning, complemented by co-curricular and sporting activities. In partnership with parents and the community the Academy strives to foster in each of its students the ability to live up to his or her full potential.

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In a 29 March 1995 speech opening the Academy’s new Ipelegeng Hall the then Honourable Minister of Education, Dr. Gaositwe Chiepe, paid special tribute to the “diverse range of course options and extracurricular activities” at the school, which she described “as within guidelines of the 1994 Revised Policy on Education”.

* 2005 Forms 1and 2 Subjects:
English, French, Setswana, Mathematics, Integrated Science- Biology, Chemistry & Physics, Agriculture, History, Geography, Art & Design, Computer Literacy, Guidance & Counselling, Physical Education and Health.

* 2005 Form 3 IGCSE Foundation Subjects
English Language and Literature, Business Studies, French, Setswana, Mathematics, Integrated Science- Biology, Chemistry & Physics, Physical Education, Agriculture, History, Geography, Art & Design, Computer Science, Guidance & Counselling.

* 2005 Forms 4-5 IGCSE Subjects:
English, as either a First or Second Language & Mathematics are compulsory for all students. Optional subjects: Additional Maths, Accounts, Agriculture, Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Development Studies, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Physics, Setswana.

* 2005 HIGCSE (Form 6) core Subjects offered:
Accounts, Economics, English, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Maths, Physics.

* Co-curricular and Sports Activities
Legae Academy offers its students varied sporting opportunities. All students are encouraged to actively participate in one or more sporting /club activities. The school has actively supported its students in this regard. Legae has participated and competed in sports to the highest level. A summary of the 2004 sporting results and national awards follow:

Laura Moreti Captained the national U-18 Zone VI team at the African Youth Championships qualifiers in September.

Also in the National team for U-20 Zone VI games in Mozambique in April.

Accounts, Economics and Business Studies students are encouraged to combine their scholastic training with the practical experience of participating in the international Junior Achievement Program. Through Junior Achievement they gain practical business experience by setting up their own production and marketing units, as well as doing short term work in local businesses.

Clubs active in 2004-5 include: Bible Knowledge, Bridge, Chess, Community Service, Debate, French, Environment, History, Mariba & Dance and PACT (Peer Approach Counselling by Teenagers).

The Community Service Club members give weekly voluntary support and organise fund raising, for the benefit of local charitable organisations.

“The school has established and fostered good relations with the community. The role of the school in community activities is evidenced through the school’s Community Service Club, which partakes a number of projects in the Cheshire Foundation, Princess Marina and Gabane.” - MOE inspection report.

The PACT programme forms an integral part of the Academy’s recently enhanced Guidance & Counselling Unit. Through PACT young adults seek to empower one another with life skills to cope with the demands of modern society.

Legae students further participate in Computer, Maths and Science fair competitions, having qualified for the national finals over the past six years. Since 1998 Academy students have taken first place in the national Mathematics quiz competitions.

All Academy students have access to computer training. With the completion of a second computer room and computerised resource centre as part of Phase IV of the school’s infrastructure expansion, Legae is now able to integrate computers as tools of interdisciplinary learning through the use of CD-ROM technology and access to external data bases through the Internet.

In keeping with its development plans, a state of Art New computer laboratory has been commissioned. The Forty capacity computer laboratory has been furnished with 27 computers that have been Ethernet -worked to serve the increasing demand for improved and efficient Information Technology and Computer Studies. This new facility brings to two; fully equipped computer laboratories, in addition to the resource centre that has a fully functional Wireless Internet Connection.

Homework is considered to be a vital and necessary part of the Academy’s academic programme. Besides providing teachers with an instrument for assessing student progress, we believe that homework provides an opportunity for positive parental/guardian involvement in their child’s academic progress. Students are expected to record all homework assignments in their homework notebook, which is issued to them at the beginning of each scholastic year.

“The physical layout of the school, that is its circular design, accords a wider view of the school at any time and enables the management to monitor activities with ease....The adequacy of the physical infrastructure and resources in the school enhances learning.”- MOE inspection report.

The Academy’s Gaborone West campus will consist of 16 classrooms, five multi-purpose science laboratories, three computer rooms, two art studios, a library/resource centre with Internet facilities, a large multi-purpose hall capable of seating 750 comfortably that also incorporates an infirmary and offices, a 25 metre swimming pool, athletics shower and change rooms, two student toilet blocks, an expanded administration complex, agricultural and sports areas, tuck shop and storage facilities. The main buildings of the campus have been imaginatively laid out in an octagon pattern, or “Wheel of Knowledge”.

To ensure continued quality teaching in 2005 Legae maintains a student to teaching staff ratio of 18 to 1.

The current head of this multinational scholastic team is the Principal, Mr. Easo Oommen, who has over two decades of teaching in Botswana, India and Nigeria has previously served for twelve years as a Vice-Principal and two years as a Principal.

The Vice-Principal, Mr. John Hutcheson, has over two decades of teaching experience in Botswana and the United Kingdom, which includes seven years as a Headteacher of Gobjango and Sekgele Community Junior Secondary Schools in Botswana. He has also served as the Director of Education for the Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

The Deputy Vice Principal, Mrs.Murtagh, has over thirteen years of teaching experience in Botswana, the United Kingdom and Kuwait. The fourth member of the Academic Administration, upper school coordinator Mr. Ted Hutton, previous experience includes a decade of service as the head of Legae English Medium Primary School.





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