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Why Grantleigh
Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:09

Parents face a difficult choice when choosing the best school for their children.  We hope that the guidelines below may help you with this important decision.



Grantleigh is a school founded on Christian values.  As such, it sets great store on encouraging pupils to feel part of a compassionate community.  Students are encouraged to be self-disciplined and well mannered while retaining their individuality.


Grantleigh has a beautiful rural setting, which is unsurpassed in the region.  Manicured lawns, beautiful, modern buildings, a fully secure campus and spacious sports-fields combine to create a perfect learning environment.


Grantleigh has well-trained, highly motivated staff members who encourage independent thinking and set high standards.  The programme of academic excellence culminates in the writing of the Independent Examination Board (IEB) matric exam.


Small class sizes, committed teachers and dedicated coaches make individual personal care of its pupils a cornerstone of Grantleigh’s education.

Executive Head, Mr Andrew Norris, guides the staff who are passionate about Grantleigh and developing students to be the best they can be.  Ivan Olivier, Operational Head of the Preparatory School, together with two Phase Heads assist in the management of the school along with Juriana Filmalter the College Operational Head assisted by Academic Head, Janet McGrath and her team of College Heads of Department. Julius Truter is the Bursar and Caroline Stevens the Marketing Manager. Underpinning this is our Board of Trustees whose members bring a wealth of independent school experience and knowledge to guide and support the management team.


Grantleigh now offers comfortable and secure boarding accommodation for high school boys and girls on the beautiful school campus.


Having a team of dedicated coaches, together with some of the most outstanding sporting facilities in the region; Grantleigh can offer all its children the opportunity to excel in a number of sporting codes.  In its short history, an impressive number of provincial and national sportsmen and sportswomen have come from the ranks of the Grantleigh Family.


Grantleigh’s excellence in cultural pursuits has become one of its hallmarks.  Grantleigh ensures our children receive training and development in the arts as well as achieving high standards in performance.  Our venue has proved host to many touring companies and orchestras.


A highly efficient fleet of sixteen Grantleigh buses operate daily ensuring convenience to parents and children of Grantleigh.  This enables the school to offer sports and cultural tours as well as academic excursions.


Come and visit Grantleigh to see what this unique school can offer your child.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:22

Grantleigh Schools are a member of the Curro Group of schools and as such fall under the Curro management structures.  Day to day management of the schools is the responsibility of the management team as detailed below:


Grantleigh Management Team
The Executive Head, Andrew Norris is responsible for the organization, the staffing and the good governance of Grantleigh Schools. He is ably assisted by the Operational Head of the College, Juriana Filmalter and by the Operational Head of the  Preparatory School, Ivan Olivier.  They make up the Executive Team working closely with the fourth member of the Executive Team, the Bursar Julius Truter.  The Executive Head and both Operational Heads are assisted by an effective middle management system in their various sections and they meet weekly to ensure the smooth running of the school.  Caroline Stevens is the Marketing Manager of the school.

The High School:

Juriana Filmalter serves as Head of High School and is assisted by the  Head of Academics, Janet McGrath and her team of Heads of Departments.   The Head of High School is supported by the 3 House Directors and their team of Tutors.  Juriana Filmalter also serves as Head of Culture and Shaun Kommer is the Head of Sport.

The Primary School:

Ivan Olivier heads up the Primary School which is divided into 3 phases each with its own Phase Head.

  • Barbara Leslie  – Intermediate Phase
  • Louisa van der Walt – Foundation Phase
  • Lise Harrison - Pre-School Phase

The above members of the school's management team are responsible for the day to day administration of the school.  They hold weekly staff meetings with their relevant staff for planning and communication purposes.



Fred Grant and Renette Grant

Executive Head:

Andrew Norris

Head of Primary School:

Ivan Olivier

Junior Primary

Head-JP Phase:

Pre-School Phase Head:

Louisa van der Walt

Lisé Harrison


Louisa van der Walt


Ilse Verburgh


Cindy Merrick


Ronietha Kommer

Group 3

Group 4

Nerine Le Roux

Jenna Barton

Group 5 (x2)

Lisé Harrison (Phase Head); Jenny Freese

Grade R:

Margie Taylor; Jessica Rode


Grade 1:


Angela Leigh; Lizette Olivier


Grade 2:

Tracy Murray and Kim Gauld

Grade 3:

Carol Bleksley; Jeannine Davidson

Senior Preparatory

Phase Head:

Barbara Leslie

Boys Sport:

Shaun Kommer

Girls Sport:

Ronietha Kommer


Brenda van der Walt; Ilse Verburgh




Alan Lewis


Annemarie Beukes


Karen Coertze




Angela Cook, Lana Loubser

Grade 4:

Sarah Frost and Ilse Verburgh

Grade 5:

Julie Mennell and Agnethea Fourie

Grade 6:

Grade 7:

Gayle Norris and Barbara Leslie

Ronietha Kommer and Annelie Hinze


Management Team:

Head of College:

Juriana Filmalter

Academic Head College

Janet McGrath

Head of Middle School

Carin Ehlers

Head of Cultural Activities

Juriana Filmalter

Head of Sport

Shaun Kommer

House Director:  Bishops

Andrew Meintjies

House Director:  Trogans

Siya Dzingwa

House Director:  Orioles

Belinda Waldapfel




College Sport

Garth Bishop


Head of English Department

Sue Abbott



Bronwynn Wessels



Willem Steenkamp

Vimla Naidu







Sandile Mkhize


Head of First Additional Languages Department

Ronelle Raath



Susan van den Berg



Carin Ehlers

Afrikaans & LAC





Zelda van den Heever



Lynette Motaung


Head of Mathematics Department

Siya Dzingwa



Jayne Austin



Zenda Ebersohn






Bongamusa Cele



Karen Kruger

Mathematical Literacy/Mathematics

Head of Science Department

Janet McGrath

Life Sciences


Jenine Volker

Natural Science


Andrew Meintjes

Physical Science


Andia Pienaar

Physical Science/ Life Science


Louisa van der Walt

Physical Science





Belinda Waldapfel

Life Sciences/ Consumer Studies

HOD: Commercial subjects

Johanita Esterhuyse

Vimla Naidu

Michelle Eliott

Accounting & EMS

Business Studies

Information Technology/Computers/CAT


Elsabe Erasmus

Business Studies/Accounting/EMS

HOD: Arts & Culture

Susan van den Berg

Afrikaans & LO.


Shannan Brown

Dramatic Arts


Lisa Greyvenstein

Visual Art


Janet Hyde

Music & Maths


Caroline Gina

Jenine Volker

Creative Arts/EMS

Creative Arts

HOD: Geog/HSS/EGD/Technology

Karen Kruger



Rhoan Abbott



Jenine Volker



Deon van den Berg



Eugene Raath

EGD & Technology


Leanne Bishop

Geography & HSS


Sandile Mkhize


Head of Life Orientation Department

Juriana Filmalter

Brittany Watson


Subject Administrator/English




Boarding House

Head of Boarding:

House Parent Founders' House:

House Parent Grant House:

Deputy Head Founders' House:

Deputy Head Grant House:



Head Chef:

Assistant Chef:

Cleaner Assistant:



Juriana Filmalter

Ronelle Raath

Rhoan Abbott

Karen Kruger

Garth Bishop

Kerry Mayer

Fiona Kruger

Chris Mthethwa

Thabile Thwala

Zodwa Gumede



Learnership Students



Sandile Shandu

Liz-Mari Eybers


Sinothando Ntaka

Roxanne Schwarz



Amber Kaplan

Sandile Mkhize

Nasstasja Schutte

Ell-Anne Van Den Berg

Franli Earle

Connor McCann

Darryl van der Merwe

Christiaan Van Zyl




Administration and Support Staff


Julius Truter




Caroline Stevens

Human Resources:

Maureen van Loggerenberg

PA to Executive Head:

Sharon Nieuwoudt

Data Capture/EDU Admin:

Jenine Volker


Linda Nelson


Molly Chinnappen


Fiona Kruger

Logistics andTransport Manager:

Gavin Keet

Estate Manager:

Leon Terblanche

College Academic secretary:

Candy Wiseman

Prep Academic secretary and Admissions:

PA to Head of College

Francis Prinsloo

Paula Fowler

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 07:05
Staff Vacancies

Grantleigh is an independent co-educational school and division of Curro with 731 learners from Grade RRR to Grade 12. The school prides itself on the quality and diversity of cultural activities offered. Music, Drama, Art and Singing form an integral part of the school culture and Grantleigh is well respected within the local community for this aspect of the school life. Grantleigh serves the communities of Richards Bay, Empangeni, Mtubatuba, St Lucia and Mtunzini, with a boarding establishment that attracts boarders from Southern Africa.

Grantleigh seeks to appoint an educator in the following position commencing:  January 2019


Mathematics Teacher Gr 8 –12 & HoD Mathematics


The successful candidate for the above position will be expected to:

  • Be committed, dynamic, motivated and innovative in the use of technology to enhance learning.
  • Maintain standards of academic excellence within the department and amongst students;
  • Be fully committed to the extramural programme of the school;
  • Be available and willing to support/partake in most school functions/activities;
  • Have well developed interpersonal and communication skills.


The applicant must have:

  • An appropriate academic and professional qualification from a recognised tertiary institution and relevant teaching experience
  • Current SACE registration
  • Previous teaching experience in an IEB school would be a recommendation.

Grantleigh, under the management of Curro Holdings Ltd, is committed to its Employment Equity and Affirmative Action plans.

All interested and suitably qualified applicants should register their application by the position’s reference number on the Curro website (http://curro.myrecruit.co.za) as well as submit a written application and detailed CV via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by no later than 17th August 2016 or post to Grantleigh HR Department, P O Box 410, Kwambonambi 3915.

Grantleigh reserves the right not to proceed with filling a post. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves for consideration. In addition, applicants will be required to submit to stringent perusal, including police and forensic checks.

The Curro Application for Employment Form can be downloaded here.

We have a database (the link is on the vacancies tab on the website mentioned above) where you should upload your CV.


Once the positions are available, and you are registered in the database, you can directly apply for those positions via the database.

Should you experience difficulties registering, email your full names, your ID number and error message that the system gives you to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Looking forward to receiving your CV on our database

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 07:46