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LEAP Science and Maths School

Old Mutual’s focus at secondary level is addressing the shortage of students who pass mathematics and science with University Exemption.

LEAP Science and Maths School

LEAP Maths & Science School is aimed at talented learners from grades 10 to 12 from disadvantaged backgrounds. The goal is for each student to achieve a Bachelor Pass with subjects including Science, Maths and English.

The Old Mutual Foundation has invested R17,644,521 million (or you can say over R17m) into LEAP Science and Maths Schools since 2004 when the first school opened, serving the Langa community. Subsequent LEAP schools have opened, serving Gugulethu and Crossroads (2007); Alexandra (2008), Diepsloot (2011) in Johannesburg and Jane Furse in Limpopo and Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria in 2012. Since its launch, LEAP has achieved a remarkable 94% Grade 12 pass rate in the National Senior Examinations.

LEAP encourages academic and personal excellence. “The aim,” says founder John Gilmour, “is not only to produce academic results but also to develop positive, caring young adults with a healthy work ethic who will become future leaders in their communities.”

The majority of learners LEAP selects from township schools are lagging behind the academic standard of their grade. Most are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and live in informal, non-permanent households.

The success of LEAP’s past students is testament to an education model that encourages young people to forge their own path. We are very proud of our first group of tertiary graduates.

Since LEAP’s launch, outcomes for its graduates have been positive:

• 72% of LEAP graduates are now studying and 12% are working.
• 41% of those who are studying are at an academic university, 36% are at a technical university, 16% are at an FET college and 7% are in the LEAP Future Leaders Programme.
• 32% study business and accounting, 14% go into engineering, 12% choose education, 11% study science related courses and 8% choose IT as their field of study.
• Our tertiary graduates have graduated with degrees in finance, business, accounting, public administration, physiotherapy, engineering and quantity surveying, amongst others. Their employers include Allan Gray Asset Management, the City of Cape Town, Deloitte.
• We are especially proud of our four students that have committed to being leaders in education, have graduated with education degrees and are now teaching in LEAP schools.

Hard at work - Fernando Ntoni, Grade 12 LEAP 3 learner.

Hard at work – Fernando Ntoni, Grade 12 LEAP 3 learner.

Learners are required to work hard, because the LEAP timetable includes double-contact time in key subjects and a full day of school lessons on Saturdays.
They must also be involved in a community project and participate in life orientation classes that focus on personal development and communication.