Lanner House opened its doors for the first time in January 1997 with 15 students, 2 teachers and a music teacher. The school was the brainchild of Dr Bruce Jenkins, whose daughter Linsey Jenkins was the first child to be enrolled; the Jeffery family and the Hill families. These friends get together every winter to go camping, and the idea for a school was conceived around the campfire on one of these holidays.
The school began in the church hall of the Dutch Reformed Church (“Worcester Moedergemeente”). After a year it moved to Malan House across the road, which was leased from the Pioneer School. In October 1999 Lanner House moved to the De la Bat School grounds, signing a 9-year lease with the National Institute for the Deaf.
The move to the De la Bat school grounds gave the school access to a greater number of core facilities: art room; science laboratory; computer centre; 8 classrooms; a pre-school section; music rooms; hall (with stage); swimming pool; cricket/ hockey/ rugby fields; athletics track; tennis courts and netball courts.
Although the desire was to extend the lease with the National Institute for the Deaf, this was not possible as they had earmarked the property for development. This forced the school to seek new property. After many months of searching and negotiation, the school signed a lease with the National Institute for the Blind to use buildings at their Langerug campus.
These buildings will serve the school well over the coming four to five years. There is development underway for the development of a capital fund which will allow the school to purchase and develop its own land in the future. We believe that this is essential as the school continues to grow and develop.