Groundbreaking news in the Sparrow Combined School’s recent history is that as of 2017 it is one of the schools in the province to be accredited with the new technical skills qualification by the Gauteng Department of Education. Together with an NQF Level 1, Grade 9 equivalent, this General Certificate of Education is recognised by the GDE, SETA and Umalusi. This means that the Combined Technical Skills School offers a fully accredited occupational skills programme, enabling learners with remedial needs to access jobs in which they have been trained to excel.
Like the Foundation School, the Combined School adopts a learner-centred approach, as we teach towards potential, and are constantly mindful of individual learner strengths and weaknesses. We have a Leaner Support Unit (LSU) for children who struggle to cope with or adapt to traditional and purely academic methods of education. We provide our learners with a degree of parenting, ensuring that there are people invested in their psychosocial well being. This increases their personal health, quality of life and eventual participation in the South African economy. By focusing on the holistic growth of each student as well as individual skills development, we equip them with the opportunity to pursue future employment as well as further education and training.