Our History

Almost thirty years ago, a brave collection of educators and parents began to dream of a new way to prepare and equip children for life. Desiring a holistic education that prioritized small student-teacher ratios, a safe, nurturing learning environment and a natural integration of the Christian faith into the classroom, The Hout Bay Christian School was born.


Along the journey, having established a small but strong institute, the school discovered a kindred heart and like-minded partner in the Ambleside International family.


Based on Charlotte Mason's extensive work and writings, Ambleside International was founded in 1999, seeking to provide a “living education” for its students. Its founding staff (based in Texas) developed the Ambleside Method of education, with author and school principal Maryellen St. Cyr spearheading the movement. Ambleside International remains committed to educational renewal, and to building and supporting a worldwide community of schools.


Having realigned our school to create a truly life-giving education for all, Ambleside School of Hout Bay officially launched in 2007. Since then, the school has grown to become a recognized and reputable choice for discerning parents and a diverse range of students alike.