PLEASE NOT THAT APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 HAVE OFFICIALLY CLOSED.  EMAIL if you wish to enquire about submitting a late application.

Interested in applying for our maritime studies programme in Grade 10 in 2020?

All students wishing to join Simon’s Town School’s Maritime Studies programme and to apply for a bursary to stay at the Lawhill Hostel (a private boarding facility for maritime students which receives no State funding) need to apply need to apply before the end of MARCH 2019.

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON 22 January 2019 and close on 15 March 2019.

Applicants will be required to complete THREE forms:

1) Simon’s Town School application form – to be completed by both prospective boarding and non-boarding students

2) Boarding and Bursary Application form – for those who live away from Simon’s Town and who wish to be considered for boarding at our hostel and a bursary to sponsor the costs thereof.

3) The WCED EMIS form



Please ensure you complete the forms in full and submit all the documents. Incomplete application forms will be DISCARDED.

Forms need to be posted via registered mail to the address provided on the form.  They are to be marked; FOR ATTENTION – STS LAWHILL MARITIME CENTRE.

We will not accept applications for 2020 on email or via fax.


The completed form must reach us by latest 15 March 2019. Those reaching us later must be postmarked 15 March 2019 or before to qualify.

In addition to submitting applications by the above date, applicants also need to  submit their June/Term 2 results to us by latest 30 July.  This can be done via email to

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in August and September.

Places will be confirmed by mid October.

Please note places are limited.

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QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR THOSE studying Grade 9 in 2019:

· The prospective applicant must be of the appropriate age for Grade 10, i.e. between 14 and 16 years on 1 January of the year that he/she will enter Grade 10.

· The prospective applicant must have a minimum of 60% pass in Mathematics, Natural Sciences and English in Grade 9 is required.

All those applying for a boarding bursary will be required to take all three maritime subjects in 2020 ie Maritime Economics, Nautical Science, Marine Sciences as well as two languages and Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Life Orientation. (8 Subjects).

· A certified copy of the prospective applicant’s Grade 8 FULL YEAR report must be provided by March 2019 and a Term 2 report in JUNE 2019.

IMPORTANT:  All learners will be required to provide an UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE ie a birth certificate which shows the names and ID number of both parents.  An abridged birth certificate which shows only the details of the child will not be accepted.  if you do not have an Unabridged Birth Certificate please apply for one before 15 March and submit proof of the application to us.   We also require the certified IDs of the parents listed on the birth certificate.  Should a parent be deceased we need a certified copy of the death certificate.

· Because of the high standards of discipline at the STS Lawhill Maritime Centre, the applicant must provide a behavioural and academic reference from his/her present school principal.  We will not consider applications that do not include this.

· An excellent behavioural record is a prerequisite for any new entrants to the Maritime Programme. The Centre is managed to provide a structured, disciplined, yet pleasant and stimulating experience for students. Strict control of students is enforced by the entire Lawhill team in the interests of maintaining a professional and safe environment. Any student found contravening the Code of Conduct of Lawhill will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.

· Proof of community involvement (e.g. sports clubs; church clubs; youth clubs, etc) is required.

· We also want to see enthusiasm, positive attitudes and initiative (We look for OOMPH!)

· Although we do not require a medical fitness certificate, we caution about the following ailments that will preclude a student from entering a sea-going career epilepsy; diabetes; poor vision and/or colour blindness; any form of physical disability.