Cranleigh School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 402 (Boys) 252 (Girls)
  • Day pupils: 187
  • Boarders: 467
  • Age Range: 13-18 years
  • Founded: 1865
  • Affiliations/Memberships: HMC

General Information

Cranleigh is a leading co-educational weekly boarding and day school on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Pupils lead busy lives now, exceeding academic and sporting expectations, while preparing for lives beyond our beautiful rural location. Cranleigh provides a breathtaking range of opportunities in a school small enough for everyone to know and support each other.


Cranleigh is proud of its heritage. From its roots as a community school launched in 1865 for the sons of local farmers, through to the international family of co-educational schools it has become today.

We have retained our 280 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside and remain a friendly boarding school; it is still true that each individual member of our community knows each other. Our ethos still seeks to fulfil the aims of the school’s founders in encouraging Cranleighans to look beyond themselves to make a difference to the society in which they live and work.

Cranleigh School has an extensive range of extremely high-standard sporting facilities. During their time at Cranleigh, pupils will have the chance to try a variety of sports. Due to our sports for all philosophy, all pupils will have the opportunity to train and compete regularly as part of a team throughout the year. For full details of our sports facilities, please visit:

Every pupil, whether day or boarding, has a place in one of our seven single-sex Houses – North, South, East, West, Cubitt, Loveday and Rhodes.

There is a wide range of clubs and societies from debating, climbing and sailing, shooting and orchestra to CCF, Young Enterprise and Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Entrance Requirements

Our full entry requirements and admissions processes for 13+ and 16+ entry are available on our website here:

Please email or call us on 01483 276377 to discuss any aspect of our admissions journey.


13+ and 16+: Academic; Art; Design; Drama; Music (instrumental and vocal); Sport; and All Rounder awards.

Open Days

We hold a number of events throughout the year. If you require, individual visits and tours may be arranged in addition. Please contact us using the email or telephone number above.

7+ AND 11+ ENTRY: Cranleigh Prep School hold open mornings throughout the year. Please register your interest in these by visiting

13+ ENTRY: Cranleigh School holds ‘small group visits’ on Saturdays throughout the year. Please use the form available on our website here: to register your interest for these.

16+ ENTRY: Please register your interest on this page of our website:


2018/2019. Boarding Fees: £37,905 per annum. Day Fees: £31,170 per annum.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr M. Reader

Contact for enquiries: Mrs E.J. Gallie, Registrar. 01483 542044,

Cranleigh School
Horseshoe Lane

[t]: 01483 273666

Location Description

Cranleigh School is set in 280 acres of Surrey countryside, eight miles from Guildford, and close to the thriving village of Cranleigh. The School enjoys a rural environment situated within an hour’s drive of London.

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School News

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The aim of this years Adventure Training Camp was to ‘develop individual courage and leadership skills through controlled exposure to risk in a challenging outdoor

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environment in order to enhance the Cadet experience here at Cranleigh CCF’ – Tick!

After months of planning, organising and paperwork, 28 Cadets in 4 sections travelled up to Watgill Army Camp, part of Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire on the 30th March for five days.

Once accommodation was sorted and evening meal consumed, the Cadets started planning the routes for the expedition under the watchful eye of the second commanders, Hugo Bonsey, Ben Fu, Charlie Thorn and Will Marshall.

The first two days Cadets took part in various activities:

Caving – We used a provider to take us underground in the Dales.  Cadets learned about the geology and squeezed through tight routes which included names like ‘Hell’.  This pushed Cadets out of their comfort zones, and teamwork helped as they pushed and pulled 2Lt Verdon through the famous ‘Cheese Press’.

Climbing – We used the indoor wall at Ingleborough where Cadets learned how to tie in and belay.  Some very impressive climbing as Cadets worked together to complete some tough routes including an introduction to lead climbing for some.

High Ropes – We went to Adrenalin Adventure to climb on jump off poles.  This taught teamwork and made Cadets push their fears to one side to complete the tasks, which included ‘Jacobs Ladder’.  With the record set at 1 minute 20 seconds to complete the competitive nature came out and Jasper and Jacob drew with an impressive time of 52 seconds.  Cadets were blindfolded so their partners had to cue communication skills to talk them up and then off climbs.

Mountain Bikes – After bike fitting and a safety brief by AUO Winterbottom, the Cadets biked up the long hill to reveal spectacular views of the Dales, which included a RAF fly pass for one of the sections.  What goes up must come down and the reward for the huffing and puffing was the exhilarating bike back down.

The Expedition – As the weather tuned Cadets handed in their route cards and started the three day expedition covering the three peaks.

Day one, the teams climbed Pen-y-gent (694m), just after lunch we had the first flurry of snow as the teams navigated to the Summit, this really added to the experience.  The weather improved as we set up camp and cooked Army rations on Trangia stoves. With more snow overnight and a cold night’s sleep, Captain Money decided to change the plan. After a discussion with the other Mountain Leaders, it was decided to shorten day two and return to camp after climbing the second peak, Whernside (736m) for chips and a warm up.

A cooked breakfast and packed lunch was arranged, and we set off to complete the expedition with the third peak, Ingleborough (723m).  After a bright start by the Ribblehead Viaduct the weather turned and the wind picked up with wind gusts from 40mph increasing on the top, all 4 sections were forced to turn back before the summit and the vital lesson ‘the mountain will always be there’ was learned.

The final evening all teams took part in a quiz organised by Lt Constable with plenty of snacks.  The staff team need to brush up on their music knowledge before next year!

Many thanks to all the staff that gave up their holiday time to give the Cadets this amazing week.  Thanks to CSM Hugo Bonsey and his team of section commanders who showed and learned great leadership qualities mentoring their sections.

The Section Commanders awarded prizes to their top Cadets, well done to Will, Jake, Scarlett and Monty.  Above all, huge congratulations to all the Cadets who were a pleasure to be with.  We are very proud of them and I hope that they got a lot out of the trip.


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For the first time in over a decade, Cranleigh fielded a team in the U15 Eton Fives Nationals at Shrewsbury School. Six boys made the

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arduous journey up to Shropshire, giving up their Sunday to take on the best players in the country and represent their school at this wonderful sport.

Competition was tough, with Cranleigh’s second pair the only ones to make it past the group stage — beating Eton’s seventh pair 12-3 in a superb display. Very quickly all three pairs found themselves in the Plate competition.

Here we had more success, and I am delighted to say that, with wins over Mill Hill five and Shrewsbury eleven, our first pair won the U15 Plate! Given that these boys are mostly U14s, and half had never played Fives before September, this is a fantastic achievement. With a little more training and match experience, we look forward to even greater success when the competition moves to Eton next year.

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Congratulations to Will B. who went up against the best athletes from each of the 46 counties in England, coming overall second, at the  on

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Saturday 16th March, which means he has won his first England vest. After his silver he’ll run for England next Saturday in Dublin.

Run entirely by volunteer teachers, the English Schools Cross Country Championships is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the winter for young athletes. Entry to the event is only possible with athletes being selected by County Team Managers, where they have the opportunity to represent their county at the event.

This follows a successful season for Will, who is currently the U15 UK Cross Country gold medallist, as well as holding silver in the England Cross Country competition and bronze in the UK Schools Games.

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Year 11 pupils maintained last year’s record GCSE results, with 26% of all grades a 9, and 55% of all grades being 9/8.  In addition,

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68% of all grades were 9-7 (equivalent to A*-A) and 99% of students gained 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 grade.

The overall pass rate was 97%, with 50% of pupils achieving 8 or more A*-A (or equivalent). A quarter of the cohort achieved 10 or more A*-A (or equivalent). Grades in some subjects were exceptional, with more than 80% of pupils achieving 9-7 (equivalent to A*/A).

This year is the first which sees the new grading system adopted across almost all subjects. The change from letters to numbers, with more options for the grades, was designed to coincide with the upgrading of GCSEs to make them more rigorous. Although the two marks schema cannot really be compared directly, there are now three number grades corresponding to A*-A, 9,8 and 7, designed to give more differentiation at the top end.

We are delighted with these results, particularly given that staff and pupils have been working towards significant changes to the exams and the grading schema. We’d like to offer congratulations to all of our Year 11 pupils and to the Common Room who have worked so hard to help them achieve their goals.

Three pupils achieved all top grades (Ollie Corbett, Ella Job and Jess McCormack), and a further 10 pupils achieved all A*/9/8: Zoe Bickenson; Hebe Bodmer; Ross Kiely; Maya Magee; Peter Moor; Josh Moore; Archie O’Neil; Leila Slade; Katie St Johnston; and Aimee Williamson.

Cranleigh School Independent Surrey Excellent A Level and EPQ Results for Cranleigh Students

Students achieved an excellent set of A Level results this year, with 79 per cent of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of

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100 per cent.

Sixth Formers experienced major changes to A Levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout their courses. Yet they scooped 42 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 79 per cent at A*-B.

We have been working with some of the most significant reforms in decades, so we’re all delighted with these results, which show just how hard our students and staff have worked. The vast majority of our leaving Sixth Formers has achieved the grades they needed for further studies and we wish them all continued success in the next stage of their academic careers – Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic

Almost 40 per cent of students gained A*/A in two or more subjects. They also performed well in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), with nearly 20 per cent achieving the top grade of an A*, and 90 per cent achieving A*-C

Cranleigh is now one of the largest centres for the Extended Project Qualification with over 200 students in the Upper and Lower Sixth embarking on this the fastest growing qualification in the country and highly valued by universities who recognise how well it prepares students for the independent approaches to study required in higher education. Nearly 200 students in the Sixth Form now take the EPQ in addition to three A Levels.

What is particularly pleasing about the success of the EPQ is the number of students relishing the opportunity to explore practical projects, making films, writing and directing plays, refurbishing motorbikes, designing eco-houses, producing photographic brochures, to name just a few. Whilst the results are excellent, so much of the value lies in the process, making the Sixth Form a more academically enriching experience.

Our leaving cohort has not only performed at the highest levels academically but have achieved huge success on the sports pitches, in the music studios and on the stage. The girls were national Indoor and Outdoor Hockey Champions in 2016 and National Indoor Champions in 2018. The boys were Rosslyn Park National Sevens Champions in 2017 and Runners Up in 2018. Ten pupils achieved international honours in their chosen sports and one girl achieved the highest marks in the country for her grade 8 music examination.

These results show yet again that young people can succeed academically without a narrow focus on the classroom to the detriment of their development in other areas. We wish them all the very best of futures in their chosen fields.

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The Equestrian team have continued their run of success over the summer holiday with an outstanding performance by the Junior team to take the runner-up

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spot in the Hickstead Schools’ National Show Jumping Championships.

This two round competition offers the riders the chance to ride in the iconic International Arena at Hickstead in the ‘hoofprints’ of many famous horses and riders.

The team of Issy Hollidge, Scarlett Stehlik, Bella Barker and Tom Smith rode superbly in the first round over a course that for three of them was the biggest they had tackled, to secure their spot in the final top 10. Four nervous riders, followed by even more nervous mothers, entered the International Arena to walk the course for the second round— it was big— the only real advice to give them was to ‘kick on’!

The second round was contested ‘Nations Cup-style’ with the first rider from every team going, then the second, third and fourth so the final result is not fully clear until the last round of riders from each team.

Lying in fifth place after the first round meant we were the sixth team to go each time and with an excellent clear round from Tom Smith (which put him into the individual jump off) and just four faults each from both Scarlett and Bella we climbed the leader board. Only after the final rider had gone was the result clear; we had secured second spot, our best ever result in this prestigious competition. Tom finished in an excellent fourth place individually.

The previous day the Senior team competed in the Hickstead NSEA 1m Elite Team Final which they had qualified for earlier in the season. Having only a team of three, consisting of Phoebe Going, Darcy Zander and Freya Hough, it was always going to be a difficult job to get through to the second round but all three riders jumped stylish clear rounds. It was disappointing therefore to finish in seventh place by less than a second when only the top six went through to the final in the International Arena. Freya got her chance, however, as she had qualified for the Individual 1.10 Elite Championship which went straight into the International Arena for the final. In her last competition for the School, she rode a beautiful clear to finish in ninth position.

Josh Moore and Lila Millard also represented the South East team in the BE100 U18 National Championships at the end of July. Both riders performed extremely well to be part of the winning team with Josh securing a superb fourth place individually too. Josh and Daisy Roberts have also qualified for the Pony Club Championships at the end of August and Freya will be heading to the British Show Jumping National Championships later this week.

Cranleigh Independent Surrey U14 Mixed-Doubles Tennis Victory for Cranleigh Students

To end the tennis season, we have a tradition of playing mixed-doubles fixtures on the last Saturday of term. This year, for the first time,

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a series of invitation mixed-doubles tournaments were set up for the top three pairs from a group of schools. The U14 tournament was held at Epsom College, with Cranleigh, Epsom, Haileybury, Wellington and Sevenoaks taking part. Teams were made up of three pairs, each of whom played one set against the corresponding pair from each of the other teams.

The Cranleigh team looked very strong from the outset, with all three pairs winning convincingly in their first round matches against Epsom. In the second round against Wellington, Cameron Barr and Eliza Wheeler were outstanding, winning 6-0 in the first pair contest. Our second pair, Freddie Moore and Maddie Graham lost a tight match 4-6, but the victory was secured after our third pair, Will Petter and Imogen Pilling, came away with a 6-3 win.

After a short break, when the squad was able to support the Cranleigh athletes competing in the Epsom invitation event taking place just next to the tennis courts, we set up to face Sevenoaks, who had also won their first two rounds. Again, our first pair provided a feast of tennis for the spectators to enjoy, winning 6-0 again. Our second pair put up a good fight, but lost 2-6. So then it was all up to the third pair (by this stage the mathematicians had worked out that victory in the tournament was likely to depend on this match). At 2-0 things were looking good, but a short time later, with energy-levels dropping, we were 2-4 down. However, the determination and discipline returned, and we battled on to a tie-break, and won that convincingly.

With a comfortable three match victory against Haileybury in the final round, Cranleigh were declared winners of the tournament, winning 10 of their 12 sets, closely followed by Sevenoaks as runners-up with 9 sets won.

With the U14B, C and D mixed doubles teams also victorious on the day (in their fixture against Epsom College), it was a great end to the season for the U14 boys and girls.

Cranleigh Independent Surrey European Bouldering Bronze for Cranleigh Pupil Matilda

Congratulations to Matilda Collins who recently scooped third place in the European Youth Cup Bouldering Championships.

Two hundred and twenty athletes from over 25 countries competed

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against each other in six categories throughout the competition, with the top performers meeting in the final in Delft in the Netherlands.

Matilda, who was selected for the GB team for the second year, beat off stiff competition to bring home the bronze medal. It’s an outstanding achievement, particularly impressive as it’s only the first year she’s been eligible to compete in the European Youth Cup and she is still younger than most of the other competitors. It has been over ten years since a GB girl had reached a Bouldering final from the lower year of their two year age category.

Bouldering involves climbing with no harness, over crash mats, and requires an expert mixture of strength, agility and problem-solving skills.

Matilda started the sport when she was just seven years old after a chance invitation to Craggy Island in Guildford. She was soon hooked, displaying an early talent that got her noticed by coaches. She now trains four times a week with a personal coach; and several times a year spends the weekend with the GB Development coaches at various climbing centres around the country.

Next weekend Matilda will compete in the British Bouldering championships in Manchester and she’ll be off to Switzerland in early summer to compete in the European Youth Lead Climbing Cup. As a consequence of reaching the final in Delft, she has been invited to the Youth World Championships and hopes to compete in that next year.

Cranleigh Independent Surrey Cranleigh Pupils Have A Junior Tennis Masterclass

Yesterday afternoon, Cranleigh’s junior tennis players were treated to a feast of top quality coaching. Presiding over the session was Dan Bloxham, Head Coach of

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the All England Club, and Johnny Barr, ex-Scottish international and parent. After some quick introductions, the 40 or so boys and girls in attendance were galvanised into action – performing a series of energetic routines, after high intensity demo’s from Dan himself.

There was no rest for the players, with the coaches demanding excellence and 100% effort in every aspect of their endeavour. The session then focused on volleys, using the quick fire aspect to fully engage the pupils into their split-step and quick racket work. With expert encouragement from the coaches and Cranleigh staff present it was time to move to the back of the court, where Dan emphasised the Tim Henman mantra on ‘practice makes permanent’ – a reminder that to be able to play high quality tennis in matches, it is necessary to train at that level too.

Finally, the pupils were encouraged to think about their doubles strategy work with an enjoyable drill involving all four players simulating rallies, with the two net players focused on their aggressive and defensive positions throughout the point, and looking to intercept and hit the winner when the time was right. After saying goodbye to the Fourth Formers who had to rush off to their Outdoor Ed pursuits, the Lower Fifth players were more than happy to stay on to complete the drill.

The pupils were given the chance to ask Dan about his role at Wimbledon, where he provided some fascinating insights into what happens behind the scenes at one of the greatest sporting events in the world. As the pupils left, Johnny reminded them about the Cranleigh Grass Court Tennis Festival tournament, which is happening once again this summer after a highly successful launch last year where it was voted ‘Best Tournament in Surrey, South East of England and the whole of the UK in 2017’. Indeed with everything the pupils had learnt from this session, surely it will be Cranleigh School pupils who will be inspired to clean-up the silver-ware come the finals-day on August 11th, won’t it?!

Huge thanks to Dan Bloxham and Johnny Barr for giving up their time to inspire and improve our next generation of Cranleigh tennis players.

Cranleigh Independent Surrey Cranleigh CCF: Female STEM Careers Showcase

On Thursday 24th May, 14 female cadets from the Lower Fifth attended a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers showcase at The Royal Military Academy

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The event invited 900 female cadets between the ages of 11-15 and aimed to “Inspire, Inform and Attract” young females to traditionally difficult to reach careers. The event was inspirational and informative with some female industry leaders giving inspirational talks to the girls. All of the Cadets enjoyed the day, with the Army Air Corps (AAC) stand being the highlight of the day — and we cannot forget to mention that Sophie made the front cover of The Telegraph on Friday.


The 2018 exhibitions of A Level and GCSE artwork opened on Thursday 24th May with a busy private view as parents, staff and students enjoyed

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a diverse and high quality display from Cranleigh’s artists.

Work ranged from Anthropomorphic emus to irreverent figurative water fountains as well as more conventional drawing, painting, photography and printmaking. A feature of the show is the range of mixed media pieces using elements of photography, textiles and print.

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Earlier this week over two days at Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park, the under 16 Boys’ were unbeaten in achieving 3rd place

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at the England Hockey National Schools Finals.

We started with our toughest pool game against Dean Close, which turned out to be a real battle. Their forwards were skilful and quick, and immediately caused us some problems, scoring the first goal after an excellent crossfield overhead. The response came from our first short corner with a powerful drag flick only just parried by their keeper and the rebound was fired home. Our next drag flick was perfectly executed, but back they came with a superb individual goal on the run with a flick high into our net, so 2-2.

Sorting out their overheads at half time gave us some more stability and our third and last short corner resulted in another wonderful flick to give us the lead. We started to gain more control and had to ride some tough tackling that went unpunished. However, with just 12 seconds to go, a great piece of skill along the byline was unfortunately deflected into our own net for them to earn a 3-3 draw.

Our next pool game was against the traditionally strong Repton who had a few very skillful players that we had to deal with by some excellent marking. Having gone into the lead in the first half, we had to withstand an onslaught from Repton that included four short corners in a short space of time. We held out and took more control in the second half that included our second goal to give us a cushion. Our biggest issue became the number of players we had available; with injuries and illness before the tournament and more injuries from the high intensity match against Dean Close, we ended up with just 11 outfield players for 10 places, so a 2-0 win was an excellent return.

Having recovered somewhat overnight, our final pool game was versus The Perse School who had three very good players but were weaker down their flanks. Good marking nullified their forward threats, but they defended well and restricted our chances in the first half in which we scored the solitary goal. The second half saw us in control but struggling to finish them off, including one short corner at which we hit both posts, so we finished with a 1-0 win.

Dean Close had beaten The Perse School 4-0 the previous day so it all came down to their match against Repton. They took an early lead and doubled it just before half time. However, Repton got one back to make it 2-1 and fairly tense. Dean Close sealed it just before the end with their third goal to win the pool on goal difference.

With just an hour’s break, and carrying a number of injuries, we played Stamford in the 3rd / 4th play-off. Not unsurprisingly we struggled a bit at the start and they went one ahead. However the Cranleigh squads showed excellent spirit to drag themselves back into the match and after drawing level, controlled the second half to run out deserved 3-1 winners and claim the bronze.

Richard Organ, Director of Hockey, was full of praise: “We would obviously have liked to have had another crack at Whitgift in the final, but the squad played with massive commitment and not insignificant degree of skill. Especially considering the injuries we had to deal with before and during the tournament, the whole squad came together brilliantly on the pitch and produced some excellent performances of which they should be very proud.”

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Cranleigh riders represented Surrey, as the Surrey Show Jumping and Dressage Champions, at the NSEA National County Championships which took place in Bedfordshire over three

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days last weekend.

The dressage riders came away with the bronze medal in a closely fought competition where the final scores for the top three teams ranged from 69.45 in first to 69.26 in third. With 22 counties being represented this was an excellent result for our team. Josh Moore also took 7th place in a very close Prelim Individual competition.

The junior show jumping team went one better and took the silver medal position, being one of only three teams out of the 24 competing to finish the two round competition on zero faults. An excellent result for Bella Barker, Scarlet Stehlik, Annabel Innes and Annie Vitek. The junior novice team also produced some excellent rounds to find themselves just being edged out of the top eight placings on time, as one of eight teams to finish on a final score of four faults in a competition involving 32 teams.

The senior team had mixed results which meant no team placing for them but in the Advanced 1.10 class Freya Hough, competing in her 7th and final County Championships, came 5th, a fitting result to end her reign as Surrey Individual Show Jumping Champion.

The riders have qualified several teams to compete in next month’s NSEA Eventers Challenge Championship at Hickstead and they will also begin their quest to qualify for the National Championships in October over the coming term.

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