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Washing gets turned around in 24 hours – setting the bar quite high for when pupils return home – and there wasn’t the slightest whiff of a less than fresh sock. Boarding pupils can invite day pupils over after school...

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Cranbrook is unique in the state sector. We are very proud to be the ONLY state grammar school in the country that is 13+, co-educational and caters for both day and boarding students. We succeed in combining academic excellence with a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities, all underpinned by a deep commitment to the individual needs and enthusiasms of each pupil.

Cranbrook enjoys a reputation as one of the leading grammar schools in the country. We believe that all our students have gifts and talent, and we will work together to achieve these to the full. Teaching young people to learn effectively is one of the most important gifts we can give them, so everything we do from the moment they arrive at Cranbrook is geared towards creating an environment where pupils are able to take the initiative. We are shaping leaders both in and out of the classroom, and to that end all students at Cranbrook find challenges that test them, develop them and put them on the right road to future success.

We hope that you will come and see for yourself, this sense of community and what Cranbrook has to offer your son or daughter. Beyond academic and extracurricular excellence, what makes Cranbrook so special is that no other school blends so completely the traditions of a State and Independent School. This, together with our boarding community; house based system; CCF; strong sporting programme and wonderful 75 acre campus in the heart of the town, result in a truly unique community which can be sensed from all who visit us.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Classical Civilisation at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)

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Washing gets turned around in 24 hours – setting the bar quite high for when pupils return home – and there wasn’t the slightest whiff of a less than fresh sock. Boarding pupils can invite day pupils over after school and it’s easy to see how self-sufficient youngsters can be here, without the need of the rural parental taxi service...


Since 2012, Dr John Weeds MA MPhil EdD (50s). Read classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge and his academic studies have long been part of his life. He jokes that he didn’t want to be outdone by his talented micro-biologist wife, but the letters after his name attest to a driven and committed educationalist.

His most recent thesis was on the subject of the gifted and talented, which will come in useful here....

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Special Education Needs

School's own description of their SEN provision:

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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