Cranleigh School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 395 (Boys) 231 (Girls)
  • Day pupils: 178
  • Boarders: 448
  • Age Range: 13-18 years
  • Founded: 1865
  • Affiliations/Memberships: HMC

General Information

The Cranleigh way is to uphold a vision for flourishing young people, where busy pupils lead fulfilled lives now while developing the personal skills and qualities that will enhance their adult lives. Rooted in the School’s Christian foundation in 1865, our guiding values and principles are summarised in four words: service, relationships, leadership and excellence.


The beautiful red brick neo-gothic Victorian Chapel has been at the centre of School life since completion in 1869. The spectacular new Academic Centre houses a huge number of modern science laboratories and language rooms as well as a purpose built lecture hall. For Drama there is a 100-capacity studio theatre and Speech Hall with extensive technical infrastructure, for Music the Recital Hall and a professionally equipped recording studio. Six large studios provide specialist provision for painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. DT facilities include three fully equipped design studios and workshops with electronics lab.

We have an extensive range of extremely high-standard sporting facilities to include a 400m grass track, three full-size artificial pitches, one of which is floodlit, 12 hard Tennis courts, 9 astro courts, 8 netball courts, 4 squash courts and 6 Fives courts. For Rugby, Football and Cricket, there are 10 grass pitches on site, including an International standard 1st XV pitch, 5 outdoor Cricket Squares, 1 all-weather match pitch, 13 all-weather practice nets and a match pavilion. The Trevor Abbott Sports Centre is the indoor sports centre with numerous courts for badminton, Five-a-side football and basketball, indoor cricket nets and Dance studio. In addition we have a 9-hole golf course, indoor climbing wall, 25-metre swimming pool and fully equipped fitness centre. At Cranleigh we have our own on site Equestrian Centre, BHS approved and inspected, which provides riding lessons for pupils of all abilities, with and without their own horses. Facilities include two sand schools, both with floodlights, as well as two country courses. We also offer dressage and show jumping on grass throughout the summer months.

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

13+: Registered applicants will be invited to an Assessment day during January in Year 6 which consists of an informal interview with a senior member of staff, a discussion group with the Headmaster, an English creative writing paper, a Mathematics challenge, an on-line test and fun team building activities. A report is required from the candidate’s current school. All candidates, who have been offered a 13+ deferred place will take the ISEB Common Entrance Examination in June of Year 8.

16+: Registered candidates will be invited to attend an interview and assessment in November of Year 11. Assessment for Sixth Form places consists of the requisite predicted results at GCSE, verbal and non-verbal reasoning papers, a written English paper, and a satisfactory report from the candidate’s current school. Candidates will also be required to attend an informal admissions interview, which will comprise an holistic review of the candidate’s specialised academic subjects plus their interests and abilities in extra-curricular activities. Places are confirmed subject to candidates achieving the required standard at GCSE.


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

Open Days

We hold small group meetings on Saturday mornings throughout the school year, offering the opportunity to meet the Headmaster and other senior staff and enjoy a tour of the school.

2018. 13+ entry (for 2021): Sat. 9th June and Sat. 23rd June.

Sixth Form Open Evening: Wed. 13th June, preparing for 2019 entry.

Please fill in the form on the school website - - to register your interest in one of these days. Individual visits can be booked on request.


2017/2018. Boarding Fees: £36,615 per annum. Day Fees: £29,985 per annum.


ISI Inspections
Online Senior and Sixth Form prospectuses

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

Cranleigh independent day and boarding school Surrey

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.”

Cranleigh independent day and boarding school Surrey

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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