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A Special Needs School in the Athlone District, Cape Town.

Headmaster : Mr A Gradwell
Lower Klipfontein Road, Athlone, 7764, Cape Town, South Africa
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History of the School

Mary Harding School had its origins in the amalgamation of three institutions, namely:

  • Garden Home: A Girls Hostel
  • Torrance Home: A Boys Hostel
  • Goodwill Therapy

Garden Home was established in 1952 whilst Torrance Home was established in 1956.
Goodwill Therapy School was transferred from Chapel Street close to Garden Home.

Due to political pressure such as the Group Areas Act and the demand for bigger premises, Mrs. Mary Harding bequeathed an amount of money for the purchase of the current property in Athlone. She appointed the Cape Mental Health Society as Trustees.

Mary Harding School was taken over formally by the Western Cape Education Department in 1980. The history of the current school therefore dates from 1980. The school celebrated its 30th year of existence during 2010.

Over the years, Mary Harding School developed into the institution that it is today. The school has many proud traditions and an excellent history of education to learners who present with intellectual impairment.

One of the strengths of the school has been its connectedness to the communities associated with the school. The school is indebted to the many people and organizations that donate regularly to the school.