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After recognising the need for good education in their area, Fred and Renette Grant founded Grantleigh on their Mposa farm in 1996. Their goal was to provide a well-rounded and balanced primary school education based on Christian values (ethics and morals). Our school opened its doors in 1997 with 16 nursery school learners and 5 junior preparatory phase learners dressed in civvies, and teaching took place on the founders’ veranda and TV-room. Swimming lessons were offered in the family pool and cricket lessons started on their tennis court.
As interest in the school grew rapidly, construction soon began on school buildings and sports fields. By 1998, 123 learners started the school year in newly built classrooms, we started a transport service, and requests from parents soon sparked talks to include a high school at the start of the next year.
Our school kept expanding to higher grades, more transport services and a wider variety of offerings in academics, sport and culture. Our first headmaster, Peter Terry-Lloyd, brought great expertise to our school and by 2003 – only seven years after opening – our classes spanned from Grade R to Grade 12 for the first time. During that year, we also inducted our first head boy and head girl, as well as our first parent advisory committee.
By 2014, we had joined the Curro group as a Curro Select School and have continued to provide excellent education to learners in the wider Richards Bay area. We are continuously improving our offering and expanding our school to accommodate more learners with a wider range of interests.