Sir Harry Johnston International School


Location: Malawi
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 2 - 15 years

About Sir Harry Johnston International School

Sir Harry Johnston International 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.

In September 2015, the Board of Trustees opened a Secondary School on the same campus. This has grown each year and now offers places for students in years 7, 8 and 9. We will begin teaching IGCSEs from September 2018 (Year 10) and then students will write their first IGCSEs in May 2020.


  • The School is split into three phases:
  • Early Years (Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception)
  • Primary (Years 1 to 6)
  • Secondary (Years 7 to 9, Year 10 from September 2018)

All three phases are on the same site and work closely together as one school.

The school 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 five metre swimming pool, two 7-a-side football pitches, netball field, basketball court, nursery playground and a cross country track.


In the Primary School, 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.

The Secondary School is a Cambridge Associate School. As a result, our teachers ae able to deliver the prestigious Cambridge Curriculum. In years 7, 8 and 9, this covers English, Maths and Science. Other curricular areas are based on the British National Curriculum, but are adapted to meet the needs and interests of our pupils, living in Malawi and as global citizens.

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)

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Address: Primary Campus, Kalimbuka Road, Zomba, PO Box 52, Malawi
Telephone: +265 1525280