The history of SPARK Schools

Concerned by the state of South African education and committed to finding a solution, Stacey Brewer co-founded SPARK Schools in 2012. She believed that an innovative approach to private education could alleviate the challenges faced in the South African education sector. She then gathered a team, of like-minded individuals that would help create a new school model that would provide access to high-quality education to more South Africans.

SPARK Ferndale, the first school in the SPARK Schools network, opened in 2013 in Johannesburg. Since then, the network has expanded to serve more than 13 000 families with 20 schools in Gauteng and one school in the Western Cape.

The 18 schools in the network include:
  • SPARK Bramley
  • SPARK Carlswald
  • SPARK Centurion
  • SPARK Cresta
  • SPARK Ferndale
  • SPARK Kempton Park
  • SPARK Lynedoch
  • SPARK Midrand
  • SPARK Randpark Ridge
  • SPARK Rosslyn Hub
  • SPARK Rynfield
  • SPARK Silver Lakes
  • SPARK Soweto
  • SPARK Theresa Park
  • SPARK Turffontein
  • SPARK Witpoortjie
  • SPARK Weltevreden Park
  • SPARK Randburg High School

Learning Models

The SPARK Schools education model ensures that every child develops a love of learning and makes great academic progress. SPARK Schools offers a uniquely individualised educational opportunity for students because of the focus on each student’s needs in the classroom and using online learning.

SPARK uses a combination of direct classroom instruction and technology-based learning where data from each child is fed back to the teacher. This empowers teachers to cater to each child’s individual needs, resulting in scholars who achieve globally competitive academic results.

Lab Rotation Model

The lab rotation model is a form of blended learning that is used in the Foundation Phase of SPARK schools for Grades R to 3.

The model includes a combination of teacher-directed learning in Literacy, Maths, Life Skills, Physical Education and a First Additional Language with technologyenriched learning in the Learning Labs.

Scholars experience one-on-one teaching, small group learning or whole group instruction, based on their individual requirements, during the school day.

Flex Model

The Flex Model is a form of blended learning that is used in the Intermediate Phase of SPARK Schools for Grades 4 to 7. Scholars move through a personalised schedule, learning Literacy, Maths, Natural Science and Social Science and a First Additional Language.

The aim of the model is to:

  • Create autonomy and purpose in learning
  • Improve mastery of objectives
  • Build intrinsic motivation in students
  • Promote daily reflections to prepare students for university