Hartwell Private School was established to serve the need for a non-denominational, non-discriminatory, affordable private school in Edenvale. In 1997 property was purchased by Mr and Mrs Hartwell. The school opened its doors to the first twelve pupils in January 1998. Since then extensive expansion has taken place by the purchase of new properties. The school now caters for 240 pupils from Grade 0 to Grade 12.
Hartwell Private School was sold to Mrs Merritt Watson in January 2009, and was renamed School Of Merit. The school operates as a Close Corporation. School Of Merit has become known as a school that provides an excellent standard of education in a caring and safe environment. The school is not affiliated to any church and/or religion. Religion is not taught as part of the curriculum, but it must be noted that we base our ethos on Christian principles. School Of Merit operates as a co-educational day school.
Solution Focused Philosophy
The School of Merit has adopted a Solution Focused Philosophy as the ethos of the school, which means that difficulties and challenges do not have to define a child’s future. The School of Merit is a school that inspires hope and confidence in their pupils and believes that small steps of change can and will lead to bigger changes and progress in the child’s life. The Staff at School of Merit believe that every child has the skill and capacity that can be built upon to assure a positive goal for the child. It is a school that lives its motto of “Dream, Believe and Achieve!” The School thus encourages children to control their own destiny by using their strengths and abilities positively.