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Headmaster's Welcome

A warm welcome to the Springvale House Website.

Springvale House is situated in the country 80kms East of the capital, Harare, on the Mutare Road. Our grounds are covered in beautiful Msasas and rocky outcrops, making it a haven for young children to grow up in. Our school serves as the preparatory school for the Peterhouse Group.

We are a weekly boarding and day scholar school catering for both boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age. The school shares the same grounds and facilities as Peterhouse Girls School (on an estate of some 1200 acres).

As our mission statement indicates, we are child orientated in our approach and geared towards catering for each and every child's needs, thus ensuring their true potential is fulfilled.

I do hope you enjoy browsing through our website and look forward to hearing from you should you wish to know anything more.


Headmaster's Profile

Mr Paul Martin has been Headmaster of Springvale House since January 2020.

Paul was educated at Falcon College and Rhodes University, graduating in 1998. He taught at Barwick School from January 2000 to December 2007 (acting Headmaster in 2007) and since January 2017 he has been Deputy Headmaster at Hartmann House in Harare.

Paul is married to Kim. They have one daughter, Jessica, who is a pupil at Ruzawi School.

Aims of the Peterhouse Group

Peterhouse is a community of three schools:

1. Peterhouse Boys (PHB) – a full boarding school for boys from Form 1 to 6th form (with girls from Peterhouse Girls being taught at 5th and 6th form level)
2. Peterhouse Girls (PHG) – a full boarding school, with a small number of day pupils, for girls from Form 1 to 6th form
3. Springvale House – a weekly boarding and day school for boys and girls from Grade 1 to Grade 7
4. In addition there is a Nursery School for boys and girls located at PHB

Read more: Aims of the Peterhouse Group

Our Values & Our Mission

Professionalism  Child Centred Excellence in Education
Reliability Responsibility               Effectiveness
Superior Service Team Work Christianity
Innovative Trusting     Honest
Fulfilling Potential                 

“Every child, the whole child, developed to the best they can be, in a safe and happy `country` environment”

Springvale House caters for parents who desire a closer teacher-pupil relationship for their child, and an atmosphere where each individual pupil can be recognized and developed to their full potential.

Combinations of traditional and innovative study techniques are entrenched. This approach is founded on the belief that education is an active process, rather than just an exercise of absorption. Manners, self-discipline, respect, honesty and a positive self-esteem are regarded as fundamental aspects of a pupil’s development. Such timeless values inculcate a sense of pride and a strength of purpose in each and every pupil.

Outside the classroom we have initiated a comprehensive programme of extra mural activities which, with the school's commitment to involvement in music, drama, clubs, extra options and sport, contributes to developing the whole child.

Above all, our intention is to develop a partnership between home and school, to serve best the needs of your child. With this in mind, if you would like further information or visit us and see for yourself the busy and happy atmosphere of Springvale House, please make an appointment through the school office.


Springvale School was founded by Rev. Canon Robert Grinham and Maurice Carver in 1952 , as a second Anglican Junior Boys School in Marondera. In 1949, 1000 acres of land was bought  for £2 an acre and this was the beginnings for the growth of the Peterhouse Group of Schools.

The first boys arrived in May 1952 under the Headship of Robert Grinham who duly retired in 1956, having been the guiding spirit and force behind the school's opening.

After closing down temporarily in 1979 because of the war and the subsequent dwindling numbers, the school reopened as Springvale House in 1985 as a co-educational establishment with 93 children, in what was originally the Junior Block, with founder Headmaster Mr Jon Calderwood.

Read more: History

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