Cranleigh School

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Cranleigh School
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
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

Yellow, Navy, and White

Former pupils Old Cranleighans

Cranleigh School is an independent English boarding school in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey. It was founded in 1865 as a boys' school. Stephen Rowland had a major role in the development of Cranleigh School. He also formed the Cranleigh Gas Company in 1876, and arranged for a mains water supply in 1886. In 1894 he laid out an estate between the Horsham and Ewhurst Roads, building New Park Road, Avenue Road, Mead Road, Mount Road and Bridge Road. He also ran a grocery store, his name is commemorated in that of Rowland House which merged with North House in 1931. Cranleigh started to admit girls in the early 1970s. It is now co-educational. 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.

The school accommodates approximately 600 pupils. The boys are divided into four houses – Cubitt, East, Loveday and North. The girls are divided into two houses – South and West.

There is an Old Cranleighans (OC) society which host many functions including sports matches against current students and staff.

In 2005 Cranleigh School was one of fifty of the country's leading private schools which were found guilty of running an illegal price-fixing cartel which had allowed them to drive up fees for thousands of parents.[2] Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make ex-gratia payments totalling three million pounds into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period in respect of which fee information was shared.[3] However, Mrs Jean Scott, the head of the Independent Schools Council, said that independent schools had always been exempt from anti-cartel rules applied to business, were following a long-established procedure in sharing the information with each other, and that they were unaware of the change to the law (on which they had not been consulted). She wrote to John Vickers, the OFT director-general, saying, "They are not a group of businessmen meeting behind closed doors to fix the price of their products to the disadvantage of the consumer. They are schools that have quite openly continued to follow a long-established practice because they were unaware that the law had changed."[4]

Notable Old Cranleighans[edit]

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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[9]


  1. ^ Cranleigh School | Cranleigh | LEA:Surrey | Surrey. The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved on 2012-05-14.
  2. ^ Independent schools face huge fines over cartel to fix fees - Times Online
  3. ^ The Office of Fair Trading: OFT names further trustees as part of the independent schools settlement
  4. ^ "Private schools send papers to fee-fixing inquiry". The Daily Telegraph (London). 3 January 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
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  6. ^ a b "Vivian Cox". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Sam Smith". RFU. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  9. ^ "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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