Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College

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Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College
Motto It is our business to succeed
Established 1967
Type Community school
Headteacher Mrs Betty Elkins
Location Wessex Close
RG21 3NP
Coordinates: 51°15′20″N 1°06′00″W / 51.25545°N 1.09989°W / 51.25545; -1.09989
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116432 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 70
Students 665 out of 1300 Places
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Navy blue and white, light blue, black             

Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College is a large co-educational secondary school in Basingstoke, northern Hampshire, England. The school serves Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students between the ages of 11 and 16. The school follows the National Curriculum but has a specialist focus on business and enterprise.


Cranbourne was founded as the Cranbourne Bi-Lateral School in 1967 as a bilateral school for 11- to 18-year-olds, on the site of a former nursery. It became a comprehensive school in 1972 following the establishment of Queen Mary's Sixth Form College,[1] and then as Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College in September 2004.[2] Cranbourne (or CBEC) became the first of two Business and Enterprise Colleges in Hampshire in 2004 and features scola architecture refurbished in 2006.[3] CBEC is separated into 9 blocks and features a small swimming pool and a 3-story Science block (C block).

At the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Headmistress Betty Elkins resigned and the school is still without a headteacher. There are plans to merge the students of Fort Hill Community School with CBEC's due to low numbers at Fort Hill. This plan has not been greenlit, but is due to take place at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

2009 Fire Incident[edit]

On 11 June 2009, a fire broke out after school hours in the upper floor of G block (Art and Textiles block),[citation needed] damaging three classrooms including the main Art classroom. Nobody was hurt in the incident After investigation, it was found that the fire started by sunlight reflecting off a mirror in a storage cupboard. The block re-opened in November 2009.


  1. ^ Brown, Robert (2007). "From a nursery to a school". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Enterprise Zone - Launch Day Feb 25th 2005". Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Procurement Initiatives, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College". Hampshire County Council. 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 

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