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
51°09′00″N 0°29′38″W / 51.150°N 0.494°W / 51.150; -0.494Coordinates: 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 620 pupils
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.

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]


School grounds
Cricket Pavilion

It was opened on 29 September 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.

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

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 [2] environmentally friendly Woodland Workshop] and a new £10 million Academic Centre named the Emms Centre. Named after David Emms, this was opened by Lord Patten of Barnes in 2009. The building includes new 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.

Notable Old Cranleighans[edit]

Notable masters[edit]

Old Cranleighans[edit]

Former pupils of the school may join the Old Cranleighan Society. About 6,500 past pupils are currently members. The Old Cranleighan Sports Club in Thames Ditton in Surrey is owned by the Society.

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 English public schools[8]


  1. ^ Cranleigh School | Cranleigh | LEA:Surrey | Surrey. The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved on 14 May 2012.
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  4. ^ a b "Vivian Cox". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
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  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Sam Smith". RFU. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "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, this was a sad event 

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