Cranbrook School, Kent

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Cranbrook School
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Cranbrook School
Waterloo Road

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TN17 3JD

Coordinates51°05′48″N 0°32′18″E / 51.0968°N 0.5382°E / 51.0968; 0.5382Coordinates: 51°05′48″N 0°32′18″E / 51.0968°N 0.5382°E / 51.0968; 0.5382
Typegrammar school
Established1518 (1518)
FounderJohn Blubery
Department for Education URN137739 Tables
HeadteacherJohn Weeds
Age11 to 18

Cranbrook School (formerly Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School) is a co-educational state funded boarding and day grammar school[1] in the market town of Cranbrook, Kent, England.

Selection is made of pupils at age thirteen and 11. The current Headmaster is John Weeds.[2]


Recent history[edit]

In 2003 alumnus Piers Sellers, a NASA astronaut, took a copy of the school charter into space with him. A photo is exhibited in the school cafeteria. In 2005 Sellers opened the school's observatory, which is named after him. This observatory houses the 22.5 inch Alan Young telescope operated by the Cranbrook and District Science and Astronomy Society (CADSAS). In May 2010 Sellers took into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle an original watercolour portrait of Cranbrook School painted by Brenda Barratt. The painting was later returned to Cranbrook School with the official NASA verification that it has travelled into space.[3]


The school has six day houses and six boarding houses: four for boys and two for girls, each working in conjunction with the main school to provide pastoral care and academic support.

Boys' boarding houses[edit]

  • Cornwallis
  • Crowden
  • Rammell
  • School Lodge (only for Year Nine boys)

Girls' boarding houses[edit]

  • Blubery
  • Scott

Day houses[edit]

  • Allan Boys (North of Cranbrook)
  • Allan Girls
  • Horsley Boys (South of Cranbrook)
  • Horsley Girls
  • Webster Boys (Cranbrook and outlying area)
  • Webster Girls

Notable Old Cranbrookians[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Overview". Cranbrook School. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Headmaster's Welcome". Cranbrook School. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  3. ^ BBC News report, 25 January 2010
  4. ^ Michael Croucher
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "From Cranbrook to the Crescent City and beyond". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-05-16.

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