Laerskool Charlo


CHarlo Primary School

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Welcome to charlo

A warm welcome to our happy school.

Charlo Primary is a dual medium, co-educational school providing education for learners from as early as Grade RR to Grade 7, as well as providing a Special Needs class. Presently we have two classes per grade, one Afrikaans and one English class respectively.


Our school is situated in the leafy suburb of Charlo, Port Elizabeth. We cater for children from our surrounding suburbs; Lovemore Heights; Springfield; Mount Pleasant; Walmer Heights and more.


In January 1973 the school was founded and developed on a farm belonging to the late Mr. Charles Lovemore.  The name Charlo is derived from the first four letters of his name and the first two letters of his surname. The class of 1974 had a total of 21 learns and over the years the school has grown and is currently the education home to over 600 happy learners.


The first principal, Mr. OB Heunis, designed the school's badge. The motto FAITH, is very familar throughout Port Elizabeth. Mr. Willie Dolphin was first chairman of the Parent Teachers' Association and Mr. Smith the first chairman of the Schools Governing Board. The three school houses were derived from these three individual's surnames.


Mr. JR Viljoen was the second principal for almost twenty years, he designed the original school uniform before it was replaced by the current school tracksuit. He and fellow staff members were also the composers of our school song. The current arrangement of the school song was done by Mr. WE Hughes in 1993.


In 1992, after the retirement of Mr. Viljoen, the school welcomed Mr. AJJ van Schalkwyk as our third principal. His successor in the July of 1995 was Mr. J McLeod who retired in 2018.

Our current, and the school's first female principal is Mrs. A Daniell.

2025 Applications

Applications for 2025 open on 12th February 2024.



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Ons missie

Die Missie van Laerskool Charlo is om hoë gehalte onderrig aan leerders, deur waardegerdrewe opvoeding, te verskaf.

Our mission

The Mission of Charlo Primary School is to deliver a high standard of education to all learners through value driven principles.


Die Visie van Laerskool Charlo is om in alle behoeftes van leerders to voorsien sodat hul volle potensiaal bereik kan word.

our vision

The Vision of Charlo Primary School is to provide for the needs of every child to ensure that they reach their full potential.

visit Us

Charlo Primary School
Miles Road
Charlo, Port Elizabeth


contact us

   +27 41 367 1172



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