In February this year Gryphon School, a specialist therapeutic school for children and young
people aged between 6 and 17 years old and based in Quorn Hall on Meynell Road, became
part of the Cavendish Education Group; a small family of day and boarding schools catering
specifically for children and young people with unique learning profiles.
An exciting renovation programme has started at the school in order to deliver specialist
teaching facilities, purpose-built spacious classrooms with enhanced access to technology, a
broader range of specialist therapeutic areas, and a welcoming and open environment for
Phase one of the project is already underway, and will be ready for the students’ return in
September. This phase will deliver specialist Science and Food Technology teaching
facilities for the first time in the school’s history, a Library space, an Occupational Therapy
room, an improved Reception area and extended class bases.
In addition, the school will introduce a broader range of academic courses and will add
GCSE qualifications to its curriculum to complement the vocational, life skills and arts-based
qualifications already on offer. The school day will be extended for all learners and there will
be a renewed focus on creating ambitious outcomes for all.
Executive Principal Ian Thorsteinsson said, “The School has supported and worked with a
number of young people in the local area and staff wish to use this shared history as a
launchpad for a brighter future - building on everything that has previously been achieved
and adding expertise and broad experience to maximise the outcomes of the current
students, and those who may join them in the future. To mark this new chapter, and to
celebrate the history of the magnificent building and school site that we occupy, we have
decided to rename the school ‘Quorn Hall School’, with effect from September 2020.”
Quorn Hall School will be fully integrated within, and supported, by the Cavendish Education
Group. This will enable students and staff to benefit from shared expertise, ideas, practice
and resources. It will adopt the Cavendish Education ‘badge’ to bring continuity across the
family of schools and it is hoped that the rebrand of the school will also help to build closer
links with the local community, employers and community groups.