Legae Academy

About Us

Legae Academy opened its gates in January 1992 with its mission of providing ordinary Batswana with access to world-class Secondary Education at an affordable cost. 

Legae is the special child of an extraordinary woman, Violet Hamilton who is the founder of both Legae Academy and Legae English Medium Primary School. Her pioneering work has changed the whole nature of English medium education in Botswana when Legae English Medium Primary School opened in 1983. The whole spirit and philosophy of Legae is expressed in affordability and openness to all.


In her educational approach Mrs. Hamilton was inspired by the values of self-help that were characteristic of the Gammangwato society in which she grew up. Still citizen owned and managed, Legae schools continue to combine the time honoured strengths of local culture with a cosmopolitan outlook that prepares students to meet the rapidly evolving demands of tomorrow's economy.

"Legae" is a Setswana word for "home". Together the schools share a basic commitment to providing a secure and caring environment that facilitates a culture of learning. Their common motto- "every child is yours (ngwana mongwe le mongwe ke wa rona"- reflects the indigenous tradition that all members of a community have a collective responsibility for moulding the next generation. The Academy's additional motto- "Thuto go aga Botho" - roughly translates as "Education builds Humanity". 

In keeping with the above spirit, at Legae it is recognised that each student is blessed with a unique mixture of scholastic and additional abilities that can be best maximized through educational approaches that promote self-learning, complemented by co-curricular and sporting activities. In partnership with parents and the community the schools thus strive to foster in every student the ability to live up to his or her full potential. 

The continued progress of the two Legae schools are overseen by independent Boards of Governors that include administrative team members and Government and parent's representatives, along with the corporate directors and additional members, in full conformity with all regulations and the guide lines as set out in the Education Act.

Over the past twenty-five years Legae Academy has enjoyed growing national and international reputations for their outstanding examinations results. At the same time their fees have been kept substantially lower than other quality private schools.

Academy students sit for University of Cambridge  IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education and A-Level examinations, in which they have consistently scored well above the global average for international private schools. Legae introduced A-Level in 2006. 

It is UK certified as an approved Oxford, Cambridge, and Royal Society of the Arts (OCR) examinations Centre. Legae Academy is also a registered Centre for the Cambridge English Admissions Testing Service (ATS).

The Ministry of Education inspection report (1998) of the institution noted:     

“The school is well poised for efficiency and productivity. The available management structures enable communication and consultation which creates a suitable working environment. The general up-keep of the school also creates a conducive learning environment. The receptive mood of the staff and the relaxed atmosphere are pointers to a conducive learning environment which is imperative for a school of this status.”

In 2004 the MOE Department of Secondary Education issued an inspection report on the Academy, whose Executive Summary concluded:   

“Legae Academy is focused on students achieving academic excellence and has a good organization structure in place to enable the school to deliver its objective. Inspection findings revealed that the school has many strengths, particularly in producing good grades at final exams.”

In keeping with its commitment to provide world class education that meets the competitive demands of the 21st century, the Academy has pioneered the introduction into Botswana of the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and Higher International General Certificate of Education (HIGCSE). Due to the decision made by the Cambridge to phase out HIGCSE and also because of the great demand for the internationally recognized A-Level course, the school introduced A – Level in 2006. A-level course is an entrance qualification for University Education around the world. These two established, University of Cambridge externally monitored, international curricula give students the opportunity to go beyond Botswana’s local examinations standard.

Legae’s continuing commitment to academic excellence is reflected in the latest, year 2015, performances of Academy students in their Cambridge IGCSE (Form 5) and Advanced Subsidiary examinations, which were consistent with the commendable results previously achieved by our graduates. Over the past nine years, Legae students have achieved IGCSE pass rate of 100 % in all the subjects. The credit pass rate for the past eight years was over 95.00%.  In 2015 IGCSE examinations our distinction grade (A*+A) was 61%

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About Legae Academy Botswana

Legae Academy opened its gates in January 1992 with its mission of providing ordinary Batswana with access to world-class Secondary Education at an affordable cost. In keeping with its commitment to provide world class education that meets the competitive demands of the 21st century, the Academy has pioneered the introduction into Botswana of the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) and Higher International General Certificate of Education (HIGCSE). Due to the decision made by the Cambridge to phase out HIGCSE and also because of the great demand for the internationally recognized A-Level course, the school introduced A – Level in 2006. A-level course is an entrance qualification for University Education around the world. These two established, University of Cambridge externally monitored, international curricula give students the opportunity to go beyond Botswana’s local examinations standard.