The Primary School was founded in 1959 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.
The Primary School includes a Pre-Nursery and Nursery Class enabling the school to cater for children between the ages of 2 and 11. It is centrally located with spectacular views of Zomba Plateau, which rises up to over 2000 metres.
It has seven 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.
"We learn how to swim at Sir Harry's." (Kupa, aged 5)
"We have great books to read." (Tarynne, aged 6)
"We get to go on over night camps." (Kelvin, age 7)
"The teachers are kind and make lessons interesting." (Welcome, aged 8)
"We go on lots of school trips." (Seko, aged 8)
"We play sports tournaments against the other international schools." (Chimango, aged 8)
"We are able to eat delicious school meals in the Diamond Café." (Mike, aged 9)
Everyone follows the school's three keys to success." (Tupoche, aged 9)
"Our school has lots of exciting events and special days." (Abel, aged 10)
"Sir Harry's is a special school, where everyone encourages each other." (Prayer, aged 10)
"We work as a team and all get along well." (Chikondi, aged 11)
"We have lots of different clubs." (Angela, aged 11)
Our Primary Development Plan sets out our aims and priorities for the Primary School..