About Us

Grantleigh is situated just north of Richards Bay/Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.  The school was founded in 1997 and in just 21 years has grown into a thriving school community of around 750 pupils from Grade RRR to Grade 12.


Grantleigh is housed in a beautiful, custom-built school building and is located in a tranquil setting amidst sugarcane plantations and trees.  The quiet, safe environment facilitates learning and focused, high quality education. The Estate is planted with a wide variety of trees and plants indigenous to this area of N.E. KZN.


Some of the qualities that set this school apart are constant academic advancement in the midst of growth and change, and the caring of the members of the Grantleigh family towards one another.  An ethos of self-discipline, coupled with the atmosphere of friendliness, encourages pupils to achieve their primary goal of learning and the development of positive self-esteem.


Our Mission

  • To uphold Christian values and encourage principled, caring and responsible behaviour at all times
  • To admit students from all walks of life who will make a positive contribution to the ethos of Grantleigh
  • To employ only staff who will be committed to creating a stimulating learning environment
  • To create an awareness amongst our learners of their responsibility towards preserving and enriching our natural environment.
  • To foster personal development of all the students so that they may fulfill their potential in as many fields as possible and to encourage the motto, “Learn to Earn”


A short history of Grantleigh


Grantleigh was founded by Fred and Renette Grant on their farm at Mposa in 1996. Recognising the need for good education in the area, their intention was to develop a primary school with a rounded and balanced educational ethos.


This was an exciting phase of planning. A school name was chosen, the Loerie emblem was selected and decisions were made on colours for a school uniform, etc.  Most importantly, a teacher was recruited.   Showing amazing courage, Mrs Lizl Swanepoel gave up a teaching post at Kwambonambi to teach at Grantleigh.

On 21 January 1997 Grantleigh opened it’s doors for the first time to 16 pre-schoolers and 5 “civvies-clad” Grade 1 and 2 boys.   Teaching took place on the Grant’s verandah and in their TV room with swimming lessons in the family pool and cricket lessons on the tennis court.

Interest in Grantleigh was instantaneous and new pupils continued to join the school.   At the same time playing fields were levelled and construction began on school buildings.


When the school opened in January 1998 there were 123 pupils all accommodated in new classrooms.   A strong contingent of Richards Bay pupils enrolled during the same year and with them the bus transport system evolved at Grantleigh.   1998 also saw more classrooms being built as well as the swimming pool.


Grantleigh was intended to be a primary school, however, pressure from parents resulted in a decision being taken to phase in a Secondary School component in 1999.


In  1999 there were 285 pupils enrolled including the first Grade 8 class.   This group of pupils ultimately became Grantleighs first matric class and they paved the way bringing honour to themselves and the school. It was during this year that the first headmaster, Mr Peter Terry-Lloyd, the past Headmaster of John Ross College in Richards Bay, was appointed to take the reins of this rapidly expanding school.



After two years the much-loved Mr Terry-Lloyd retired from years of service  in the teaching profession after having made a significant contribution to Grantleigh.   Mr Laurie Beadon, previously from St Dominques in Welkom, was appointed as his successor.


The school continued to grow with each year and with it the bus fleet providing transport to communities to the north and south of Grantleigh.


2003 was a historic year in that for the first time Grantleigh had pupils ranging from Grade R through to Grade 12.   The first Headboy and Headgirl, Greg Rhebok and Tamaryn Whittal respectively, were appointed along with a team of prefects.   This was also the year that the Grantleigh Parents Association came into being under the leadership of Rev. Dudley Anderson.


April 2006 saw the departure of Mr Laurie Beadon after 5 years of dedicated service to Grantleigh.   His successor, Mr Shaun McMurtry, joined the school from Michaelhouse in January 2007.


Negotiations with Curro Private Schools during the course of 2013 culminated in Grantleigh Schools joining the Curro group as one of its Select Schools, with effect from January, 2014 and with Mr Shaun McMurtry taking on the role of Executive Head.   The school has retained its name and branding of Grantleigh Schools and exciting development and construction plans began during the course of May, 2014 and are continuing to date.

Mr Andrew Norris was welcomed to the school in January 2017 as the new Executive Head.