Cranbrook School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

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A selective, co-educational Academy with integrated day and boarding provision ( age 13-18). Entry occurs at Year 7 (from Sept 2017 day students only), Year 9 and Year 12 and has an overall school population of 770.

The ability level on entry is above average and the proportion of A’s and A*’s in each year group is exceptional. This State Boarding School’s top priority is that boarders are happy, healthy and well cared for – allowing them to achieve their full potential academically, socially and physically.  This Top State Boarding School offers excellent facilities and well-structured time for our boarders to learn, enjoy and grow. There is a thriving extra-curricular programme with exceptionally high levels of participation in sport, music and drama. Each house has a unique feel fostered by the strong leadership of our Heads of House and by the expertise of our boarding support staff.

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7 days boarding: 

16,032 per year

About the school

Cranbrook was one of the small number of Kent grammar schools founded in the Tudor period.  Its history goes back to 1518.  Since that date, the school’s biggest change has been that to co-education and 13+ entry in the early 1970s, together with more than doubling of size.  The school is  embarking on a period of similar development with its move to admit 11 year olds for the first time in over 40 years from September 2017.

Setting of this Top State Boarding School, with the river Crane running through it and 75 acres of lush Wealden countryside, complements boarding and teaching accommodation delightfully.

There are six boarding Houses at Cranbrook: Cornwallis, Crowden and Rammell for boys, and Blubery and Scott for girls. In addition, School Lodge provides a Year 9 settling-in House for all boys entering Cranbrook aged 13.

Each House has its own head of house, matron and roster of duty staff made up of teachers and graduate assistants. In addition, each student is assigned a personal tutor who will play a pivotal role in assessing academic progress, course choices, sports participation and social interaction.

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Academic life

GCSE Courses

In Years 10 and 11 students follow courses leading to GCSE in ten subjects.  Mathematics, English Language and Literature, one Modern Language and the Sciences are compulsory at this stage.  In addition, students then choose three optional courses from History, Geography, Latin, French, Spanish, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Art & Design, Drama and Religious Studies.  The vast achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) at the end of Year 11.

Sixth Form

The School has a large Sixth Form Boarding School of about 360 students.  Students receive advice about UCAS and Oxbridge entry and together with careers guidance, allows students to make an educated choice about their future before they leave Cranbrook. Sixth Form should be one of the most exciting times of a student’s life; you will certainly not be disappointed if you join us at Cranbrook Sixth Form Boarding School.

Sport and culture

Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Rugby Union, Swimming, Tennis

On-site facilities include an outdoor heated swimming-pool, squash courts, 50 acres of playing fields, all-weather Astro-turf pitch and a superb sports-hall equipped with weights gym, cardio suite and dance-studio.

Music Department at this top state boarding school has a long-standing tradition of involving students both inside and outside the classroom itself. The School has an Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir, Saxophone group, String Quartets, Rock Group, Stomp Style Percussion group, Brass Group and a chamber choir – The Elizabeth Consort. In addition to providing music for whole school occasions, students regularly take part in concerts and recitals. 

The Drama department at this leading state boarding school in UK is based in the Queen’s Hall Theatre and supervises a variety of theatrical experiences during the school year. Some of these productions are directed by our Senior Students. There is a Junior Drama Club – primarily for Year 9 – which commences after half-term in the Autumn Term and which feeds into the Junior Play or Musical in the Spring Term. The Department has two visiting teachers of LAMDA examinations who teach lessons on a peripatetic basis in the Performing Arts Centre.

Location Description

Just 50 miles from London and located in the heart of the beautiful Weald countryside, the school has excellent road links from junction 5/M25 and junction 6/M20.

Waterloo Road, Cranbrook Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN17 3JD

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