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Peterhouse Girls

Head's Welcome

Welcome to the Peterhouse Girls’ website. I hope you will find it useful and informative, and I hope too that it will give you a glimpse into life here at our beautiful school.
The campus is centred around St Francis Chapel just as our school ethos is based upon our Anglican faith and our seven core values: loyalty, honesty, decency, humility, service, self-sacrifice and respect. We believe that every member of our community has infinite value and infinite potential and we strive to create an environment in which we appreciate each person’s value and unlock their potential.
Peterhouse is a school steeped in tradition but we also look to the future, to prepare our young ladies for the world which awaits them.This preparation is based upon developing 6 core competencies (the 6 Cs): Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication, Character, Collaboration and Cross-Cultural skills; all of which are essential to success in today’s rapidly changing and highly innovative work place.We promote academic excellence by embracing and encouraging a growth mind-set, and by effectively teaching and using these 6C’s in all aspects of school life.

Head's Profile

Mrs Tracy Blignaut joined as Headmistress of Peterhouse Girls in January 2015.

Tracy was educated at the University of Sussex in the UK where she read Mathematics and Statistics, graduating in 1993. She then went on to complete her PGCSE (teaching diploma in secondary education) before moving out to Zimbabwe with her husband and young baby.

From 1994 to 2012 Tracy worked at Chisipite Senior School, taking on various roles during that time including Form Teacher, House Mistress, i/c Academic Timetable and Line Mistress. In January 2013 she moved to Hellenic Academy where she became Head of Mathematics until December 2014.

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Aims of the Peterhouse Group

Peterhouse is a community of three schools:

1. Peterhouse Boys (PHB) – a full boarding school for boys from Form 1 to 6th form (with girls from Peterhouse Girls being taught at 5th and 6th form level)
2. Peterhouse Girls (PHG) – a full boarding school, with a small number of day pupils, for girls from Form 1 to 6th form
3. Springvale House – a weekly boarding and day school for boys and girls from Grade 1 to Grade 7
4. In addition there is a Nursery School for boys and girls located at PHB

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Academic Staff

Mrs Tracy Blignaut BSc (Hons) PGCSE

Mrs C Hough BA PhysEd

Mrs C Mtakwa BA (English and Psychology) Dip Ed

Mr N Stott

Mr K Heuer

Mrs ML Scott Elliot BSc UED

Mr SA Saint Dip SM

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Senior Pupil Appointments


Head Girl Nomkhosi Malaba
Deputy Head Girl Primrose Matembo
Head of Culture Tinashe Heri
Head of Sport Chloe Payne
Head of Vth Form Tanya Chimhandamba
Head of A Block Jennifer Edwards
Head of B Block Caylie Mortleman
Head of C Block Rumbidzai Hodzonge
Head of D Block Olivia Wilding-Davies
Deputy Head of D Block Tyla Storrer
Head of Eland Audrey Bore
Head of Impala Celina  Dhobbie
Head of Kudu Gamuchirai Shumba
Head of Sable   Kafuma Nyumbu


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When Peterhouse was founded, as a boys only secondary school, by Fred Snell in 1955 there was no intention of it becoming the Peterhouse Group of Schools (a boys' school, a girls' school and a preparatory school).  In the early 1980s, however, it became apparent that there was a demand for the re-opening of Springvale School (under the name Springvale House) and the establishment of a secondary girls’ school.

Springvale House was opened in 1985 and Peterhouse Girls two years later.

Peterhouse Girls admitted 28 pupils in its first year who were accommodated at Springvale House while the girls dormitories were being made ready. At the end of that first year the Prime Minister, the Hon. Robert Mugabe stated “I am particularly pleased that you are expanding into the field of girls’ education…. For too long we have tended to think that the education of girls is an expensive luxury”.

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Glossary of Terms

- The Association of Trust Schools.

- Our forms or year groups are called Blocks, and run bottom to top as D Block (Form 1), C Block (Form 2), B Block (Form 3), A Block (Form 4 - IGCSE), and 5th Form, 6th Form (A Level).  

- The Conference of Heads of Independent Schools in Zimbabwe.  

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