Focused is situated in the Southern most corner of KZN in the picturesque rural town of Matatiele, against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
The mission of the organisation is to provide a balanced education in a caring safe environment that will develop each learner's spiritual, intellectual, social, moral and physical abilities and talents to the full.
The School aims to provide education of a high standard in order to develop and prepare learners for a full and productive life.
Focused was born when in 1999 the founder of the school saw the need for getting attention to many children who, for various reasons, where not being accommodated in the existing schools in Matatiele. Encouraged by one of the local businessmen who made an empty house next to the railway line available, classes were started with sixteen disadvantaged children. Initially, planks over upside down plastic crates had to serve as desks and seats. In spite of the crude furniture, excitement ran high amongst the children. Soon other children off the street of the township joined, until the rooms of the house became too small. A church hall in the township was then made available and the group grew to twenty five. Because of radical response of the learners to the "Blackboard, chalk and talk" System of teaching, parents from the surrounding rural areas applied for their children to be admitted. When the church hall also grew too small, another generous businessman made one of his empty buildings available to accomodate the then sixty five learners. The staff then consisted of the founder, Mr. Nick Martens, who is an experienced, qualified teacher, assisted by two ladies. The list of applications from the rural area became so long that a decision was made to aquire property and develop facilities.