About Us

At Kenmere Primary School, we believe in the future of our learners.
Therefore, we pursue every channel to enable each learner to reach his or her fullest potential.

While we always strive for excellence, the emphasis is on participation, where every student is provided with the opportunity to develop skills within an educational context.

Vision Statement

KENMERE Primary School exists to provide relevant, progressive and holistic education in a loving and safe environment.

KENMERE Primary is committed to excellence in education.

Mission Statement

To accomplish our vision, it’s important to parents, teachers and learners that:


  • Excellent academic standards be maintained and encouraged.
  • Comprehensive development plan must be implemented, and teachers encouraged to attend regularly training.
  • Learners develop socially, emotionally, mentally and physically to achieve their full potential.
  • Parents play an integral role in supporting the educational team.
  • We create a safe, harmonious and stimulating educational climate for all.
  • We work well together to maintain our high standard of discipline at our school.
  • Teachers practice inclusive education with our well‐functioning SBST and Community Keepers to support learners.
  • The Highest level of effective school management including the SGB is applied.

The History of Kenmere Primary

Kenmere Primary School prides itself on the good relations it enjoys with parents. While parents can expect the school to provide their children with the best possible education with resources available, parents must also accept certain responsibilities which will help the school achieve its goals.

Kenmere Primary School is a previously disadvantaged school located in the suburb of Kensington, Cape Town.

It was founded in 1962, as a result of accommodating the excess learners of Windermere Primary School. When the school first opened its doors, it was called Windermere No. 2 / Windermere Extension. The first Principal of the school, Mr. P. Gorvalla (1962 – 1965), applied to the Department of Coloured Affairs to have the name of the school changed in order for it to be classified as an independent school.


In 1963 the school was renamed Good Hope Primary School. However, the new name had no significant affiliation to the area and in 1964 it was changed to Kenmere Primary School. The word Kenmere is derived from the two words – Kensington (Ken) and Windermere (mere).


Initially the school only housed 13 classrooms which was spaced around the main quad area. The medium of instruction was Afrikaans and at the time there was no sports field. The school’s sports field was a squatter camp that housed informal shacks in the area and it became part of the school in the late 60’s. As the role increased the additional prefab classes were added.


The school became dual medium in 1985 when the third Principal of the school, Mr. A.L. Woodman applied for the first English medium Preprimary class. During the late 80’s the Department of Education decided to close all church affiliated schools as well as schools with a roll of less than 400 learners. In order to increase the roll, Mr. Woodman approached the church schools in the area and encouraged both learners and educators to join Kenmere Primary School.


The school now caters for more than 1128 learners from Grade R to Grade 7 after being at the brink of closure. It is a co-educational to Grade 7 with a Remedial Teacher. The school serves the surrounding community of Kensington, Factreton, Maitland and Garden Village but over the years it’s learners travel from as far as Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Du Noon and Goodwood.

During the last six decades the following Principal’s had an influential role in the development of Kenmere Primary School:

Mr P. Gorvalla (1962 – 1965)
Mr J.W. Hiebner (1966 – 1982)
Mr A.L. Woodman (1983 – 2000)
Ms J.P. Daniels (2001 – 2010)
Mr A.W. Johannessen (2011 – July 2021)
Mr R. Page (Aug 2021 – current)