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  • Cranbrook School
    Waterloo Road
    TN17 3JD
  • Head: Mr David Clark
  • T 01580 711804
  • F 01580 711828
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 906; sixth formers: 217
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Boarding £15,150 - £18,150 pa
  • Open days: Check school website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 22nd March 2022
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 28th April 2015
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One of the few state boarding schools in the country, it is interwoven with the town and the local church is used for special events. There are six day houses including a junior house for year 7 and 8 and all went co-ed in 2019 - ‘a great improvement and reflects real life,’ says a parent. Rigorous attention to pastoral care and mental health issues. The school turns out ‘confident, curious, employable and well-rounded school leavers’ and suits most children. However, students need to be…

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What the school says...

Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, Cranbrook is blessed with superb facilities, a 75 acre campus and a truly dedicated teaching staff. As a selective grammar school they challenge the brightest boys and girls in the local area (along with boarders from further afield) to fulfil their true potential in the classroom and outside. Our academic results and outstanding Ofsted rating suggest that they are managing to meet that aim without betraying their roots. No other school blends the traditions of the State and Independent sectors so successfully. ...Read more

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School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2023, David Clark, previously head at Battle Abbey School.


Selective, catering for the top 20-25 per cent ability range and always oversubscribed. Entrance at 11+ is via the Kent Test and is run by Kent County Council with papers in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning with about 240 applicants for 90 (recently increased from 60) places. Tight catchment area which is strictly enforced keeps house prices high in the surrounding villages. Sibling priority recently introduced for day and boarding admissions – but they need to pass the test and live within the priority area.

Total of 52 boarding and 38 day places offered in year 9. School runs its own 13+ entrance tests consisting of English, maths (non-calculator) and non-verbal reasoning. Boarders (who need to hold a British or...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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

Interpreting catchment maps

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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Who came from where

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