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Welcome to Cranbrook School


Cranbrook School is proud to be part of a small but select group of schools which are state-funded and which also accommodate significant numbers of boarders.

We are approximately 750 pupils strong, 250 of whom board in one of our six superbly furnished boarding houses. We are also proud of our grammar school status, especially as we have recently changed our year of entry for day pupils from Year 9 (age 13 years) to Year 7 (age 11 years) and aligned ourselves more fully with other, equally prestigious, schools in the Kent 11+ selective admissions system without losing our very strong sense of character.

We have a strong sense of mission focused on the development of our pupils in the widest sense – academically, socially and in terms of their character. We succeed in combining academic rigour with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities via a rich co-curriculum, all underpinned by a deep commitment to the individual needs and enthusiasms of each pupil.

Cranbrook was one of the small number of Kent grammar schools founded in the Tudor period. Its history goes back to 1518 when a wealthy Yeoman, John Blubery, bequeathed his ‘chief mansion’ to provide a ‘frescole house’ for the town’s children.

We are hugely proud to be celebrating our 500th anniversary in 2018 and to have remained true  that original principle of offering a free, first-class education to both to local children and latterly to a wide-ranging boarding community.

Following Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the important cloth manufacturing town of Cranbrook in 1573, a royal charter, firmly established the ‘free and perpetual grammar school’. The first Governors are named in the charter: they included the vicar (and each subsequent vicar of Cranbrook has been a Governor), the two leading local gentlemen and ten wealthy Cranbrook clothiers.

Since that date, the school’s biggest change has been that to coeducation and 13+ entry in the early 1970s, together with more than doubling of size. We are embarking on a period of similar development with our move to admit 11 year olds for the first time in over 40 years from September 2017.

Our setting, with the river Crane running through it and 75 acres of lush Wealden countryside, complements our boarding and teaching accommodation delightfully.

You are most welcome to come and see for yourself and find out more.
I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. John Weeds
Headmaster

About us

Cranbrook enjoys a reputation as one of the leading Grammar Schools in the country with a broad focus on scholarship, fellowship and leadership. We believe that all our students have gifts and talents, and we will work together to develop these to the full.

Academic study is central to life in the Cranbrook Sixth Form. Scholarship, determination and hard work are promoted in all subjects. We have the highest expectations of our Sixth Formers as we look to prepare them for success in the professional world. But learning here is also relaxed, enjoyable and fun. Teachers will always look to promote knowledge and understanding that takes the students beyond the confines of the examination specification. There is a brisk pace of learning where our students take on increasing responsibility for their work. They have to be ambitious, self-motivated and organised. When they leave, they will be prepared for independent study required at university.

We have a large Sixth Form of about 360 students. Our pastoral system ensures that students always have someone, whom they know well, to turn to for both academic and personal support. Students receive advice about UCAS and Oxbridge entry and together with careers guidance, allows students to make an educated choice about their future before they leave Cranbrook. When it comes to gaining places at the very best universities in the world, you will struggle to find a better Sixth Form to join.

Cranbrookians are interesting people who enjoy a variety of cultural experiences alongside their academic pursuits. Sport, music, drama, charity, Amnesty International, political awareness groups, Duke of Edinburgh, CCF, Debating Society and overseas travel are just a few of the wide ranging extra-curricular opportunities available at Cranbrook. Sixth Formers are also trusted with numerous leadership roles in many areas of school life, from running clubs and societies to being an academic mentor to younger students. We hope that, in becoming well-cultured scholars and potential leaders of the future, all our students will, at the same time, grow into caring, independent young adults with a strong sense of moral and social responsibility.

Sixth Form should be one of the most exciting times of your life; you will certainly not be disappointed if you join us at Cranbrook!

Robbie Ferguson, Head of Sixth Form

Facilities available

We have incredible learning and sporting facilities here at Cranbrook School. Please do join us for our Open Evening or contact the main schooloffice to book a private tour. 

Learner success

73% A*-B in 2016, with ten students gaining Oxbridge places and five for Medicine/Vet.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Cranbrook School through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 22 January 2018
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