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This is the classic, authentic boarding school experience, but with 21st century flourish and plenty of TLC. At least 70 per cent of pupils board, but it feels like even more since the day pupils get with the programme. ’It’s a pain in the backside to be a day pupil here,' said a parent whose son started as a day pupil but swiftly changed over. A brim-full day that doesn’t end until almost 9.30pm, Saturday lessons followed by matches...

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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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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.

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Since 2014, Martin Reader (50s). Previously headmaster of Wellington School in Somerset for eight years. Brought up in Orpington and attended St Olave’s Grammar School. Thence to University College, Oxford where he was an exhibitioner in English and English lit and played lots of rugby. Stayed on for an MPhil in English studies (1100-1500); later an MBA in school leadership. Began his teaching career at St Edward’s in Oxford before moving to Oundle and then to Reigate Grammar where he was senior deputy head. Warm but formal; parents call him ‘sensible’. Son in upper sixth; daughter has finished university; wife Amanda runs the careers department.

Sees himself as a ‘modernising’ head - has no interest in wrapping the past in cotton wool. Believes he has met his aim of getting Cranleigh’s...

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Learning support is available on an individual basis for any pupil requiring it, including those with mild specific learning difficulties. There is a specially designated centrally located room where pupils have access to a networked computer. Tuition may be given in all aspects of literacy, numeracy, EFL, study skills and personal organisation. Weekly lessons are provided (typically a thirty-five minute session) depending on individual requirements. Sessions usually take place outside normal lesson times unless a pupil has study periods. These lessons are charged as an extra to parents at the pro rata hourly rate which is set annually by the Governors. Assessment of any pupil with a suspected learning difficulty can be undertaken using standardised tests and dyslexia screening software with referral to an Educational Psychologist if necessary. Cranleigh has a long standing working relationship with The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, Farnham.

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