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Very much a local (home counties and London) boarding school – nearly all parents live within a two hour drive and matches, plays and concerts are very well supported as a consequence. ‘I love the fact that my children get a great education and also have local friends’, a mother told us. ‘Houses are everything’ at Cranleigh, both academically and pastorally. ‘Returning to your house should be like coming through a family door,’ we were told. Each is almost like a mini-school but they…

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What the school says...

Cranleigh is a leading co-educational weekly boarding and day school set in a stunning rural location in more than 280 acres on the edge of the Surrey Hills.

Cranleigh’s beautiful campus is exceptionally well equipped, with outstanding classroom, studio, performance and sports facilities, including three theatres, twelve rehearsal and performance spaces, competition pitches, equestrian centre, sports centre, gym, golf course, outdoor education centre and swimming pool.

There are strong links between the School and nearby Cranleigh Preparatory School and pupils also join from a wide variety of other prep schools across London and the home counties, creating a lively, House-based community of young people who are drawn together by their inherent love of life and getting involved in everything Cranleigh has to offer.
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What the parents say...

We have educated three children at Cranleigh. We chose the school for our eldest child when we lived in South Buckinghamshire because it ticked more boxes than schools closer to where we then lived. Our two sons thrived there and so our third child- our daughter- naturally wanted to be educated there too and be involved in all of the activities on offer. We moved to West Sussex to be closer and she, like her brothers, greatly enjoys everything about the school. She has developed academically in ways we could not imagine, plays many sports, rides for the school and benefits from fantastic art and music tuition. The school has grown in many ways in the 10 years that we have been involved and I recommend it to everybody.

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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Mr Martin Reader (40s). Brought up in Orpington and attended St Olave’s Grammar School, which he describes as ‘an academic school that also offered breadth of sport, art and music.’ Thence to University College, Oxford where he read English, played lots of rugby and stayed on for an MPhil (his dissertation was on an ‘anonymous early Scottish poem’). Also has an MBA in school leadership. Harboured early ambition to be a television presenter and has the look – think twinkly but unimpeachable silver fox.

First teaching post and first experience of a boarding school was at St Edward’s Oxford, from there he went to Oundle and then to Reigate Grammar where he was senior deputy head before taking up headship of Wellington School in Somerset, where he spent...

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