Wyvern School is Kent's choice - it's a common name for schools, and they say the mythical creature represents guardianship and protection. Particularly apt for a special school. Unfortunately, Ashford parents wanted to know more. They checked in a dictionary of heraldry and found the creature - a cross between a dragon and a griffin - was also linked to "pestilence and plagues" according to the New Dictionary of Heraldry. Another reference book went further, adding "war, envy and Satan".
Kent head of schools, David Spencer, protests that "the meaning is quite clear - when it is used in heraldry it represents guardianship and protection".
Parents are unconvinced but the Diary takes a different view. Translate "war, pestilence, plague" into Latin and you've got a good motto for any school.