The Durbell Study Centre started in 1992 with only seven children, and is situated in Eversdal Primary School. The classroom used is located close to a gate with ample parking available in front of it, so children do not have to walk far to reach the centre. The passage in front of the class has a roof, and therefore rainy days are also not a problem.
The centre caters for learners from as young as Pre-Primary up to Senior High School level. There are currently five assistants working in the centre. Two are assigned to work with children in pre-primary up to Grade 2, where they also oversee extra supplementary activities that support their development, such as counting and number writing exercises. Another assistant marks the classwork and ensures that corrections are done. The remaining two assistants help as needed, with the Instructor overseeing the centre as a whole.
Great importance is placed on developing independence in learners, and independent behaviour is encouraged as much as possible. Emphasis is placed on positive feedback in order to build self-confidence, and this is an integral part of communication with all students, who are addressed in Afrikaans or English, depending on home language.