Relevant, exciting learning in action!

School Background

The school was founded in the early 1950s when Zomba was the Capital of the Nyasaland Protectorate. In the early 1970s the school became one of five ‘designated schools’ under an agreement with the British government that allowed the centrally funded, private schools to continue employing expatriate teachers. In the 1990s the Designated School Board was disbanded and the school became financially independent selecting to be controlled by a democratically elected board of trustees made up from the parent community.


SHJ is a truly international school and at the same time nurtures the future leaders of Malawi. We have approximately 160 students on roll representing 14 nationalities. Over 80% of these students are Malawian.



The school consists of a Pre-Nursery and Nursery Class, Primary School and Secondary School (year 7 and 8 only) enabling the school to cater for children between the ages of 2 and 13. It is centrally located with spectacular views of Zomba Plateau, which rises up to over 2000 metres.


It has nine fully equipped classrooms and a multi-purpose hall. All students have access to a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as various ICT equipment including laptops (with internet access). Educational resources are purchased overseas if they are unavailable locally.


Within the spacious and beautifully landscaped grounds there is a twenty metre swimming pool, two 7-a-side football pitches, netball field, basketball court, nursery playground and a cross country track.



Learning is skills-based shaped largely around the English curriculum. The children enjoy a cross-curricular approach to learning through topics such as: Great leaders, Water, Ancient Egypt, Our Local Environment, and Food, which allows for a deliberate African flavour to learning. Lessons encourage independent and critical thinking through the use of thinking hats and maps, and the emphasis on collaborative learning. High quality teaching and exciting and enthusiastic learning is guaranteed. Our secondary school follows the prestigious Cambridge Curriculum.

What the children say...

We learn how to swim at Sir Harry's  (Chimango - aged 5)


The teachers take care of us (Abel - aged 6)


The teachers are really kind (Saron - aged 6)


We learn to be responsible (Abudeen - aged 7)


We discover new things (Anaiah - aged 8)


We all help each other (Angela - aged 8)


We encourage new children to be confident (Chisomo - aged 8)


Each and every day gets better and better (Rehema - aged 8)


Everyone follows the school's 'three keys to success' (Muzzamil - aged 9)


Every time someone new joins Sir Harry's, we greet them as a friend (Joshua - aged 10) 


Every day we have something fun to do (Mosteena - aged 10)


We all work brilliantly together as a team (Vuyo - aged 10)


Everyone encourages each other (Ale - aged 10)


We all get along well (Wandi - aged 10)


Everyone is determined to help each other (Maundo -  aged 12)


Where is Sir Harry's, Zomba?

Prospectus 2016-17
prospectus 201617.docx
Microsoft Word Document 1.8 MB
Constitution of Sir Harry Johnston School Trust
Constitution SHJS Trust.pdf
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