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.