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  • Cranford House School Trust Limited
    OX10 9HT
  • Head: Dr J Raymond
  • T 01491 651218
  • F 01491 652557
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  • Boys and girls aged 3 -11, girls only 11 -18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 375
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £14,745 - £15,060 pa
  • Open days: We hold regular Open Events and warmly invite you to join us. Please see our website for dates or contact Admissions to book a personal tour at a time of your choice.
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

Cranford House is a non-selective independent day school for girls aged 3-18 years and boys from 3-11 years. We have an excellent reputation for providing pupils with a balanced, all-round education within a warmly nurturing environment. Set in over 14 acres of rural South Oxfordshire, our aim is to encourage pupils to achieve their full potential, becoming motivated, confident and happy individuals, recognising the importance of respect and support for others, but ready to seize life's opportunities.

The Junior School balances traditional academic skills with the enquiry-based approach of Science, Design Technology and Computing. Juniors benefit from Senior School facilities. Lesson content is based on the National Curriculum but is supplemented to ensure pupils develop their own collaborative, reflective and reasoning skills and abilities. Our results are consistently very good. Responsibility is offered at a young age through posts such as Junior Head Girl and team captains.

In our all-girls Senior School, pupils follow a common core curriculum, before choosing their GCSE subjects. Despite our non-selective status, the academic ambition we foster in our pupils has led to Cranford House being ranked in the Top 5 schools in Oxfordshire for our GCSE results. What's more, we are the only non-selective school within that Top 5.

Our girls belong to a House system and, on reaching Year 11, enjoy further positions of responsibility and privilege. At the end of Year 11, girls currently go on to a range of well-respected Sixth Forms. However, we are delighted that we will be opening our own on-site Sixth Form in 2020, complete with bespoke Sixth Form building, lab and study rooms.

The school has extensive games fields, a brand new Sports Hall, a swimming pool and an all-season astroturf. Dramatic, musical and dance productions are an important aspect of school life and our emphasis is very much on both inclusivity and the celebration of excellence. Our superb extra-curricular provision delivers a wealth of enriching opportunities to students right across the school and pupils have the opportunity to join educational trips, expeditions and excursions. Our own School Minibus service operates over a wide area.

Scholarships and Bursaries are offered for Year 7 entry to the Senior School - please see our website for more details.
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What the parents say...

We've had three children at Cranford over the past 10 years and can't praise it enough. Its academic results are getting better and better (great value add) under the dynamic, relatively new Head, but without it losing any of the intimate, caring and well rounded character and happiness which caused us to choose it in the first place. There is much emphasis on producing enquiring children who are able to think round problems and be resilient and prepared to have a go; sports, drama and music is excellent and really inclusive. Somehow they achieve fantastic progress across the pupils (it is non-selective, so headline percentage of A/A* compared with selective schools shouldn't put you off), without the stress and pressure of some of local selective schools. Ethos is very much that it's the school's job to prepare the children and "shock absorb" the stress for them. A lovely, happy, vibrant school.

Commented on 14th Mar 2017

My daughter is in Nursery at Cranford House and I'm so impressed with the individual, personal education and support they provide. The facilities are amazing and the underpinning pedagogical principles are just as good - I can't believe the care put into the learning of such little children, but the impact is obvious. I'm really looking forward to my daughter progressing through the school.

Commented on 10th Feb 2017

A lovely school. Our daughter joined in Year 7 and has thrived ever since. She's involved in endless clubs and sports teams as pupils are really encouraged to have a go at everything. The small class sizes and individual attention are really working wonders and she has surprised herself by succeeding in subjects she was previously weak in. There are lots of other good schools locally but we chose Cranford as we liked the promise of a friendly, family atmosphere combined with great results. So far, we have nothing but good things to say.

Commented on 20th Sep 2016

I've had my children at Cranford for the past 5 years and it's academic results speak for themselves. However, it's the pastoral care the girls (and boys) receive which creates an incomparable atmosphere for the children and parents alike but also makes for a great school community. Accessibility to to the teaching staff is excellent and there is a sense of pride and cohesion about the whole school.

Commented on 31st Aug 2016

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department at Cranford House believes that every child is unique and has the potential to succeed whatever their individual strengths and difficulties. Those children who are not succeeding to their full potential are identified at an early age wherever possible and appropriate support or provision is put in place. Most of this support is within the classroom through teacher awareness, differentiation, use of specialist resources and support from a teaching assistant. This enables the school to be as inclusive as possible. A graduated level of provision is offered when needed through the different Waves of Intervention model. This provision and our pupils' progress are monitored and tracked carefully on a termly basis. All pupils with additional needs have an individual Provision Map which details their needs and ways to support them. This ensures all staff are aware of individual requirements and can implement any provision necessary. Pupils are taught using multi-sensory strategies and are encouraged to be confident and independent learners.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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 Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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