On the 24th August 2021, York Road Primary School was awarded the Internationally recognised Blue Plaque.

The Blue Plaque Schools Project was initiated by the Centre for Conservation Education and the Simon van der Stel Foundation in 2015. Since then, 21 schools in Cape Town have received blue heritage plaques.

Blue plaques are an internationally recognised symbol, where recognition and status is awarded to buildings, places and institutions that have survived under difficult circumstances such as forced removals and demonstrated an important significance in the history and heritage of a local area.

York Road Primary School Parents and learners, you belong to a Blue Plaque School.


ICT In the Classroom

In 2018, well before COVID-19, York Road Primary School implemented the basis for the Google Classroom. Today each learner has their own email address which gives them access to Google Classroom. Teachers use Google Classroom as a support tool for interactive learning.

Together with PC’s in the classrooms, teachers use interactive boards to further enhance the learning experience of the student.

The YRPConnect WIFI network ensures connectivity for access to online material and to stay in touch with one another. 


parkinson's square

The Parkinson’s Square is surrounded by 2 buildings and 2 walkways. It is an ideal setting for picnics and outdoor classes. This venue will host outdoor theater, music renditions and movie evenings which will be projected onto a fixed big screen.

The braai area will comprise a 2m x1.5m prep area, a double 2m wide fire surface for making the braai and a 1 x 1.5m wide potjie kos surface. This will be big enough to host functions for parents, students and teachers.

The area is being developed with education, family and fundraising in mind.


roger mason library

The library project was started in 2018. The installation of blinds and painting of walls was followed by the tiling of the floor. The labour cost of the tiling was donated by the Ashrome Group.

In 2019 the UCT Doctors’ Class of 1994 and their sponsor partners donated books, shelves, IT equipment and the manpower to install and upgrade the library learning resource for the benefit of all York Road Primary school students.

The Library was opened on the 6th December 2019. It was named after the Deputy Headmaster, Mr Roger Mason, who started the original library in the late 1980’s and was the librarian at York Road primary school for many years.


the drop & go

Jan Smuts Drive was widened by 6 lanes to accommodate the increased vehicle traffic on the east side of the school.

In the interest of student safety, York Road Primary school, together with the School Governing Body took a decision to close the East gate of the school. The new pedestrian crossing was moved to the corridor between York Road Primary School and Groenvlei High School.

The DROP and GO area has been developed as the main entrance and exit for students. The area has benches that are undercover to protect students from the hot summer sun and rain in winter.

The area has been earmarked as a gathering point for Saturday community market days.


the new fence

As part of the safety and security upgrade, the installation of the new fence commenced in March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 school closure, the fence installation has stopped but will resume when restrictions are lifted.