Carolina van Heerden


Carolina van Heerden stands at the helm of MCS and under her leadership, the school has achieved above world averages in Mathematics, Science and English for Cambridge International for grades 6 and 8 for several years and boasts 638 Cambridge subject distinctions in all levels, no mean feat for a small, upcoming school in such a short time.

Carolina, who has been an educator for 20 years, is passionate about education. Having lived in the United Kingdom and China with her family for several years, where she home-schooled her children, she has a firm grasp of what it means to be globally competitive.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Emerson 

A warm welcome to The Mountain Cambridge School – our school comprises three schools within the Mountain Cambridge International Schools banner – the Pre-Primary School from the age of three years, the Primary School from Grade R to Grade 7 and our High School from Grade 8 to Grade 12 and enrols children from three years of age to 18 years of age when they complete their matriculation year. Mountain Cambridge School is a co – educational facility enrolling boys and girls in all three schools. We have opened our A level College/Grade 13 in 2012. Mountain Cambridge A level College offers Grade 13 which broadens and deepens the academic and intellectual perspectives of the student who is allowed to focus on three subjects of his/her choice in preparation for A-level exams. Cambridge A-levels are internationally recognized by universities worldwide.

We at Mountain Cambridge have chosen the Cambridge internationally acclaimed curriculum because we know without a measure of doubt that it is the best preparation for your child; for tertiary education, for the workplace, for individual achievement and success and most importantly for life.

As you search through our website, you may ask:” What is it that makes MCS so special?” I believe it has to do with the clear thought, vision, passion & positive energy. A school should be a place where children can explore their abilities, talents and interests in a secure and nurturing environment, but it should also be a place where children are challenged to be more than they believe possible.

The Mountain Cambridge School endeavours to be such a School and we are guided by our faith, our ongoing traditions and our ambitions for the future when we determine our approach to education. Real and valuable learning will take place when we all have the same goals and share good relationships. A happy learning environment is beneficial for all.

We are a small school and thus we know each and every learner as an individual. We nurture their uniqueness and allow them the space to explore their own future possibilities. We celebrate your child as the wonderfully single individuals that they are.

MCS provides our learners with a holistic education. Academic, sports and cultural activities are components of what makes a wonderful offering. Spiritual and personal development is also critical elements of a child’s formative years. Whether your little one is entering our school for the first time or your adolescent is beginning the High School phase, or indeed anywhere in between then – it is in discovering what we offer educationally that you will understand that our model is indeed a well established, well monitored international system that will ensure your child leaves us a happy individual having achieved their potential – be that academically, in sport, in culture and in any other area in life that they enjoy and are good at.

Our learners enter the world with confidence and courage and they are sure of whom they are. At the Mountain Cambridge School we are cognizant that we need to be creating the leaders of the future. The focus that we have on the individual emphasizes the training of individual talents and the development of wholeness of personality. We need to ensure that our young citizens, the future leaders, demonstrate the values and morals that they have been taught. Our motto, ‘Real World Ready’ speaks directly to the heart of excellent education.

MCS will always strive to equip our learners to be REAL WORLD READY, to be confident, unique citizens of the world who will be able “to sing your own special song and to dance your own special dance.

We welcome you to contact Mountain Cambridge School for a personal visit and look at the school to perceive the feel of our school, see our children hard at work and play and meet and greet our teachers and supporting staff.