Matric Results 2018: Here Are the top 10 Best-Performing Schools in South Africa


The numbers have been crunched, and the Matric results for the class of 2018 have shown us which schools are getting the best results in the country.

For the class of 2018, the waiting is over. Students all across South Africa have received their Matric results this week, with many enduring a roller-coaster of emotions in the process.

For many, their hard work and perseverance paid off. For others, their best efforts weren’t quite enough to secure the grades they wanted. But you know what? Falling short in your Matric is by no means the end of the world – in fact, you’ve still got access to an overwhelming amount of opportunities.

Matric results for 2018 by province

Friday has been a tale of two figures. The ANC government have been celebrating a total pass rate of 78% in Mzansi, but the DA believe this just isn’t correct, as those figures fail to take into account the number of 2016 Grade 10s who actually passed matric in 2018 – with this revised factor, the opposition say the “real” pass rate is 37.6%.

Gauteng is officially the best performing province on the list, with 87.9% of students passing their matric. Free State (87.5%) and Western Cape (81.5%) come in second and third respectively, but the Cape actually tops the revised pass rate with 53.6%. In both sets of data, Limpopo (69.4% and 28.9%) has emerged as the worst performing province.

The best schools in South Africa?

Thanks to Gradesmatch, we’ve been able to pinpoint the best schools in the country based on their Matric results. At the top of the class is Afrikaanse Hoer Mesieskool in Pretoria, where 220 students averaged 3.5 distinctions each. Star College in Cape Town was hot on their heels, clocking an average of 3.419 distinctions per learner.


Al-Falaah College and Inkamana School (both in KZN) follow next, before the Holy Family College in Parktown completes the top five with a Johannesburg-based institution. In fact, all of the following schools can keep their spirits festive and celebrate these phenomenal achievements:

Matric results: Best performing schools of 2018

(Figures are calculated by average distinctions per learner, with at least 20 learners obtaining a distinction per school.)

  1. Afrikaanse Hoer Mesieskool, Pretoria – 3.523 distinctions per learner.
  2. Star College, Cape Town – 3.419 distinctions per learner.
  3. Al-Falaah College, Durban – 3.414 distinctions per learner.
  4. Inkamana School, Vryheid (KZN) – 3.381 distinctions per learner.
  5. Holy Family College, Johannesburg – 2.871 distinctions per learner.*
  6. Sama High School, Johannesburg – 2.577 distinctions per learner.
  7. Collegiate Girls High School, Port Elizabeth – 2.533 distinctions per. learner.
  8. Westville Girls High, Durban – 2.52 distinctions per learner.
  9. Inanda Seminary School, Durban – 2.452 distinctions per learner.
  10. Hoerskool Linden, Johannesburg – 2.367 distinctions per learner.
  • * – It’s worth mentioning that 36 matric students from Eden College in Durban had to write their exams at the Holy Family College, due to an administrative error out of the current staff’s control. They clocked an average of 4.06 distinctions per student, but unfortunately, could not be considered for this list. We congratulate all the staff and students for their amazing work.


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