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  • Cranbrook School
    Waterloo Road
    TN17 3JD
  • Head: Dr Weeds
  • T 01580 711804
  • F 01580 711828
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 750; 250 boarders; sixth formers: 267
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Boarding £12,726 - £15,270 pa; Day free
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 29th April 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 7th July 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

What Cranbrook does well is encourage pupils to be self-reliant and take responsibility, whether that is through CCF or D of E, fundraising for the charities they care passionately about – no standard Sports Relief here – or being given the freedom to set up any clubs they’re interested in (40 at the last count, including curling club which promptly won a county-wide competition). Some subjects notably out-perform others by a mile, namely the large cohort of talented…

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What the school says...

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)

School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


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. But having consciously chosen to work in the state sector, he is very concerned with equality of opportunity too. He has an eye on re-balancing Cranbrook’s increasingly independent school intake; he has ensured there are some less financially demanding school trips and wants to see the girls at Cranbrook given more of a voice too.

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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
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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