Cranleigh School

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Cranleigh School
Cranleigh School crest.svg
Motto Ex Cultu Robur
(Latin for From Culture comes Strength)
Established 1865
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Mr Martin Reader
Previous Headmaster Mr Guy Waller (1997-2014)
Chairman of the Governors J.A.V. Townsend Esq., MA
Location Horseshoe Lane
Cranleigh
Surrey
GU6 8QQ
England Coordinates: 51°09′00″N 0°29′38″W / 51.150°N 0.494°W / 51.150; -0.494
DfE number 936/6017
DfE URN 125323 Tables
Students 915
Gender Mixed
Ages 13–18
Houses 6
Colours

Yellow, Navy, and White

              
Former pupils Old Cranleighans
Website www.cranleigh.org

Cranleigh School is an independent English boarding school in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey. It was opened on September 29, 1865 as a boys' school 'to provide a sound and plain education, on the principles of the Church of England, and on the public school system, for the sons of farmers and others engaged in commercial pursuits'. It grew rapidly and by the 1880s had more than 300 pupils although, as with many similar schools, it declined over the next 30 years and in 1910 numbers dropped to 150. Two powerful headmasters - Herbert Rhodes and David Loveday - restored Cranleigh's fortunes and this has been built on by their successors.

Cranleigh started to admit girls in the early 1970s and became fully co-educational in 1999. The current headmaster is Martin Reader with former Cubitt Housemaster, Andrew Griffiths, as the Deputy Head.

The Good Schools Guide described the school as a "Hugely popular school with loads on offer, improving academia and mega street cred. Ideal for the sporty, energetic, sociable, independent and lovely child."[1]

The school's Trevor Abbott Sports Centre was opened by Sir Richard Branson and the West House was opened by Baroness Greenfield. New building projects include the recently completed extension onto Cubitt House as well as an environmentally friendly Woodland Workshop and a new £10 million Academic Centre named the Emms Center. This was opened by Lord Patten of Barnes. The building includes new high-tech facilities for Science and Modern Languages as well as a lecture theatre. A £2 million renovation of the chapel in 2009 included the installation of a £500,000 Mander organ.

Cranleigh has outstanding facilities for music (including two Steinway Grands and a small recording studio), sport, drama and academic enhancement.

Notable Old Cranleighans[edit]

Notable masters[edit]

Old Cranleighans[edit]

Former pupils of the school may join the Old Cranleighans which is served by the Old Cranleighan Society. About 6500 past pupils are currently members. The Old Cranleighan Sports Club in Thames Ditton in Surrey is owned by the Society. The Society also provides support for a wide range of sporting activities including golf, cricket, rifle shooting and golf.

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Southern Railway Schools Class[edit]

The thirty seventh steam locomotive (Engine 936) in the Southern Railway's Class V, built in 1934 was named "Cranleigh" after the school. This class of locomotive was known as the Schools Class because all 40 of the class were named after prominent English public schools[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cranleigh School | Cranleigh | LEA:Surrey | Surrey. The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved on 2012-05-14.
  2. ^ http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/b/7396/Nicholas+John.aspx
  3. ^ a b "Vivian Cox". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Red 2 – Flight Lieutenant Zane Sennett". Ministry of Defence. Zane lived in Hong Kong for 20 years but went to boarding school in the UK at Cranleigh School, near Guildford in Surrey. A member of the school’s Combined Cadet Force, his passion for flying from all his overseas travel plus visits to airshows encouraged Zane to think about a career with the Royal Air Force. 
  5. ^ "Sam Smith". RFU. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Schools Class Engine No. 936 – Cranleigh An engine named after the village's famous Public School". Cranleigh was the 36th Schools Class engine, out of a total of 39 that were built at Eastleigh Locomotive Works. It went into service in June 1935 and was withdrawn in December 1962, 2½ years before its home village's station closed. 

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