History of Crossroads


history of crossroads

Crossroads School was established in 1966, by a Speech and Language Therapist whose own daughter had learning difficulties.

Since there were no existing facilities for children of average intellectual ability but with specific learning problems, she and an Occupational therapist, together with a teacher, answered a need in South African education and established Crossroads as one of the first remedial schools in Johannesburg.

The Crossroads Trust was formed with a Board of Trustees and opened its doors in an old building in Parktown.  In 1977 Crossroads School established itself in Victory Park with an enrollment of 80 children.

Crossroads School has grown steadily during its forty-five year history with enrollment presently at 233 students and employing a full time staff of 50 .

The physical site has evolved considerably as well. At present the buildings comprise 25 Classrooms, 20 Therapy Rooms, Hall, Library, Computer Room, Sports facilities, a Technology Room and a beautiful Art Studio.

The school admits children from all over Johannesburg and is a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa.

In Celebration of Crossroads 50th birthday Sue Hill, Stan Smookler and John Perks shared some memories of their life at Crossroads. 

John Perks

John Perks was Headmaster of Crossroads from 1983 – 1987. He was pivotal in establishing the school as a leader in remedial education.  John is a past Chairman and current Trustee of Board Crossroads School.

Sue Hill

Sue chats about her involvement at Crossroads which spanned 30 years. Sue began as a teacher assistant and rose through the ranks to lead the school as principal. Sue started in January 1976 and she moved with the school as it grew from the site in Parktown to the current address in Victory Park. She has many interesting stories to tell and has left a remarkable legacy for our current learners.

Stan Smookler

Stan is the Current Chairperson of Board of Trustees and has been since 1996. Initially Stan was PTA chairperson and has helped spear head many projects. His son Joel and daughter Lauren attended Crossroads from 1985 – 1997 and have both achieved great success. Stan has been a part of the Crossroads family for over 30 years.