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Cranleigh School
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Coordinates51°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
TypePublic School
Independent day and boarding
MottoEx Cultu Robur
(Latin for From Culture comes Strength)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Department for Education URN125323 Tables
Chairman of the GovernorsA. J. Lajtha, MA, FCIB
HeadmasterMr Martin Reader (started in 2014)
Previous HeadmasterMr Guy Waller (1997-2014)
Age13 to 18
Enrolment620 pupils
Colour(s)Yellow, Navy, and White      
Former pupilsOld Cranleighans

Cranleigh School is a public school (English independent day and boarding school) in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey.


School grounds
School grounds
Cricket Pavilion
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 it declined over the next 30 years and in 1910 numbers dropped to 150.

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 Good Schools Guide at one time 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 have included the 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.

In a 2015 survey, it was rated as the third best sporting school in the UK. Its teams won the Rosslyn Park National Sevens Tournament consecutively, in both 2016 and 2017.

Cranleigh School also has a sister school based in Abu Dhabi which opened in September 2014.

Notable Old Cranleighans

See also: Category:People educated at Cranleigh School

Notable masters

Old Cranleighans

See also: Category:People educated at Cranleigh School

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

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.[9]


  1. ^ Cranleigh School | Cranleigh | LEA:Surrey | Surrey Archived 15 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved on 14 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Woodland Design Studio Scoops Three Awards - Cranleigh School". 5 January 2012. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The Hon Mr Justice Blake". Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Ollie Pope: How the Vatican, snakes and laundry made England's new batsman". Archived from the original on 7 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Major General M F Reynolds CB". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Red 2 – Flight Lieutenant Zane Sennett". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2009. 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". Rugby Football Union. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  8. ^ "WEBB-JONES, James William (1904–1965)". Who's Who, Oxford Index. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Schools Class Engine No. 936 – Cranleigh An engine named after the village's famous Public School". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 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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