Discover Northwood


Welcome to Northwood School, located in the established and vibrant suburb of Durban North, South Africa. Our campus is situated on a large and picturesque grounds that offer sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, providing students with an inspiring environment in which to learn and grow.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include spacious classrooms, computer labs, science labs, and technology laboratories that are equipped with the latest equipment and technology.

We take great pride in our world-class sporting facilities, which include a flood-lit hockey astroturf, indoor cricket academy, heated aquatic facility, fully-equipped gymnasium, Sports Medicine Centre, as well as extensive rugby, cricket, and soccer fields, and tennis and basketball courts. These facilities provide students with ample opportunities to stay fit and active, develop teamwork skills, and engage in healthy competition.

Come and discover what Northwood School has to offer. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our world-class facilities and educational programs.

School Facilities and Buildings

The Unity Arch Quad

In 2019 The Unity Arch was built, a truly remarkable structure that represents the joining of our two founder schools, Northlands Boys High (Est 1953) and Beachwood High School (Est 1963) , which is shown in the N formation of the structure, to represent the now Northwood formed in 1990.

The School Bell is proudly mounted under the arch of the N, and is where each boy who enters through the arch will ring the bell to mark his arrival as a new Squire, and only once again as he exits through the arch after his matric year as a Knight. Enter a Squire. Exit a knight.

The arch was conceptualised and funded by a team of Old Boys from both Northlands and Beachwood Class of 1989 under the direction of Old Boy and past head prefect, Warren Brosnihan. The arch was created and installed by artist Brendan Edwards, also an Old Boy from 1989.

This remarkable artwork which also includes the names of old boys etched into the steel structure, as well as a scripture from Psalm 133, has become a landmark in the Northwood Durban Community, and is now firmly part of the school’s rich history and legacy as it stands tall and proud.

Victor Daitz Centre for Innovation

The Victor Daitz Centre for Innovation was opened in 2021 after extensive planning and renovation of our Media Centre took place. The centre now facilitates computer coding, robotics and drone technology and 3D printers with the relevant software and equipment in place.

The Media Centre continues to provide a backdrop of over 10 000 books, puzzles, chess sets which our boys enjoy daily in fully air-conditioned surroundings.

The Jubliee Room

Conceptualised by long-serving former staff member Ron Dingley, the Jubilee Room opened its doors in 1999, commemorating 50 fifty years from the original high school at the girls site.

Its purpose is to entertain visiting headmasters, staff and old boys who attend various sports events hosted by Northwood.

The School Hall

Named after former Principal R.C. MacFarquhar, this hall is one of the largest in the province, and has remained in good shape with extensive renovations taking place in 2022. This hall has hosted countless assemblies, musical productions, fashion shows and other events and is a nostalgic backdrop for many school memories.

Classrooms, Labs and Specialist Rooms

All classrooms are equipped with either smart TV or data projectors, as well as being extensively covered by the school’s protected wifi network. There are a number of specialist classrooms including dedicated science labs, music room, art rooms and multi-purpose audio visual rooms.

Boarding Houses

Nestled on lower campus with its entrance facing our Astro, is our newest boarding facility, Beachwood House. The home was originally a 6 bed, 6 bath bed and breakfast which was converted to accommodate our Grade 8 Boarders in a comfortable, home away from home environment.

John Bruyns House is our largest boarding facility, housing boys from grade 9 to 12 on Upper Campus overlooking our fields with views over the Indian Ocean.

Sports Facilities

1st Team Rooms

Along with the considerable support of parents and sponsors, and in recognition of the immense effort and dedication from our sportsmen to achieve 1st Team status, Northwood offers specialised 1st Team facilities for Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Water Polo, with plans underway to include further sporting codes. These rooms are all air conditioned, include a fridge / ice facility, with personalised lockers for each player along with and multimedia facilities for coaches.

Sports Fields

Northwood is fortunate to boast some of the best sports fields in the province, often playing hosts to international rugby teams as a preferred venue to practice. Our First Team field is floodlit, providing our boys the opportunity to play and practice under lights.

Our fields are named after illustrious sporting Old Boys. In the cricket season, our main field is named after Robin Smith, the famous England Test player; the junior pitch is named after Shaun Pollock, our former Proteas cricket captain. The lower campus field is named after Old Boy Brian Whitfield. In the rugby season, the main field is named after Hugh Reece-Edwards, our former Springbok full back; field 2 is named after Warren Brosnihan, our former Springbok loose forward and current commentator for SuperSport.

Aquatics Centre

Our Olympic standard heated water polo pool and its surroundings are the centre of a thriving water polo community at Northwood. This very popular sport has an excellent parental support system, and is growing every year.

Northwood Astro-turf

Northwood School was the first school in KZN to build their own on-campus water based Astro-Turf – made possible with a partnership of community schools and the North Durban Community. Flood lights were installed in 2010, allowing for even more practice and match time for our players. 2016 saw Northwood undertake the relaying of our astro. The new Greenfields Astro is the same as the last World Cup pitch that was played on in Holland in 2014.

The Graham Lange Cricket Academy

The Graham Lange Cricket Centre was generously funded by a teacher at the school, Mr Graham Lange, who bequeathed money to the school, and comprises a 4 lane bowling facility. All of Northwood’s cricket teams utilise the Academy on a scheduled basis, ensuring that all boys get quality and professional coaching.

Northwood Sports Medicine Centre

The sports medicine centre is open not only to boys but also to members of the public, and is accessed through our Lower Campus entrance on MacKeurtan Drive.

The group works closely with all our sports teams and coaches. Based at the sports medicine centre is a Physiotherapist, a Chiropractor, a Homeopath and a Psychologist.

The Fitness Factory

The school gym came about as a result of Northwood’s involvement with the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Northwood was the training venue for Greece, who, sadly, made an early exit from the competition. Currently owned and run by Old Boy Simon Vickers, the gym is where our boys train to increase their fitness as preparation for the sports seasons. Members of the Durban North community are also welcome to use the facility. Contact us on 084 420 8230 or visit our website below for more information.

Northwood Gear

Northwood Gear provides for all your uniform and sport kit needs, stocking all that our boys need for the busy school and sporting calendar.

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