|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Motto||Ex Cultu Robur |
(Latin for From Culture comes Strength)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of England|
|Department for Education URN||125323 Tables|
|Chairman of the Governors||A. J. Lajtha, MA, FCIB|
|Headmaster||Mr Martin Reader (started in 2014)|
|Previous Headmaster||Mr Guy Waller (1997-2014)|
|Age||13 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Yellow, Navy, and White|
|Former pupils||Old Cranleighans|
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."
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 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.
The school is especially recognised for its quality of output in both the arts and sport. In a 2015 survey, it was rated as the third best sporting school in the UK, with further success coming in the form of being one of the only schools to win the Rosslyn Park National Sevens Tournament consecutively, in both 2016 and 2017.
Notable Old Cranleighans
- Afshin Feiz (fashion designer)
- Anthony Ainley (actor)
- Tony Anholt (actor)
- Sammy Arnold (Ireland Rugby Player)
- Stacy Aumonier (writer)
- Thomas Alexander Barns (explorer, big game hunter, author)
- Sir Nicholas Blake (High Court judge)
- Hugh Blaker (artist, collector, connoisseur, dealer in Old Masters, museum curator, writer on art)
- Derek Bourgeois (composer)
- Luke Braid (Rugby Player, Junior All Black and IRB Young Player of the Year 2008)
- Sir Gordon Brunton (industrialist)
- Sir David Calcutt (lawyer)
- Harry Calder (cricketer)
- Rob Curling (television presenter and journalist)
- Michael Cochrane (actor)
- Peter Conder (ornithologist and conservationist)
- Vivian Cox (film producer, England hockey player)
- Peter Henry Emerson (photographer)
- Eric Fellner (film producer)
- David Garnett (writer)
- Paul Goodman (politician)
- Peter Gordon (radio presenter)
- Bernard Gutteridge (poet)
- G. H. Hardy (mathematician)
- Nick Harper (Global News TV reporter)
- Victor Heerman (director, writer)
- Christopher Herrick (musician)
- Adam Holloway (MP, politician, journalist, soldier)
- Frederick George Jackson (explorer)
- Lieutenant General James Gordon Legge (soldier)
- Patrick Marber (actor, director, screenwriter)
- John Mark (athlete, lighter of the Olympic Cauldron in 1948)
- George May, 1st Baron May (civil servant)
- Stuart Meaker (England cricketer)
- Laurence Naismith (actor)
- Julia Ormond (actress)
- Nitin Passi (fashion retailer)
- Jolyon Palmer (Formula One driver)
- Ollie Pope (England cricketer)
- Major General Michael Reynolds CB
- Andrew Roberts (historian, broadcaster)
- Alan Rusbridger (former Guardian editor)
- Michael Stuart-Moore, Vice-President of the Court of Appeal, Hong Kong
- Arthur Upfield (soldier, writer)
- Flight Lieutenant Zane Sennett (Red Arrows pilot)
- Sam Smith (professional rugby union footballer, Harlequins and England U20)
- Seb Stegmann (Rugby player, NEC Harlequins and England U20)
- Sewell Stokes (novelist and playwright)
- E W Swanton (cricket and rugby correspondent, commentator and author)
- Christopher Trace, the first presenter of the BBC's long-running Blue Peter children's programme
- James William Webb-Jones (Choral conductor; Headmaster of St George's School, Windsor Castle; Headmaster of Wells Cathedral School)
- David Westcott (GB hockey captain)
- Steve Batchelor (Great Britain hockey player and Olympic gold medallist)
- Neil Bennett (England rugby player)
- Revd. William Booth (clergyman)
- Luis Cernuda (Spanish poet)
- Andrew Corran (cricketer)
- Vivian Cox (film producer, England hockey player)
- David Emms (rugby player, headmaster)
- Roger Knight (cricketer)
- Charles W L Parker (England cricketer, Gloucestershire cricketer)
- Sir Michael Redgrave (actor)
- Mike Worsley (England rugby player)
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.
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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.
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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