Cranleigh is a leading co-educational weekly boarding and day school on the edge of the Surrey Hills. Pupils lead busy lives now, exceeding academic and sporting expectations while preparing for lives beyond its beautiful rural location. Cranleigh provides a breathtaking range of opportunities in a school small enough for everyone to know and support each other.
Cranleigh’s day is built around a strong academic timetable that also prioritises time for sports, music, drama and the creative arts, enabling every child’s talent to flourish. Old Cranleighans – the celebrated academics, politicians and business leaders, national standard athletes, musicians, artists and actors – are a testament to its success.
The Cranleigh motto was the phrase at the heart of the School when it was founded in 1865. Ex Cultu Robur (from Culture comes Strength) informs a robust education ethic and a heartfelt belief in the holistic development of young people. All Schools in the Cranleigh family share our motto, our two Surrey schools, our sister school in Abu Dhabi and our partner School in Zambia. Over the years Cranleigh has stuck by Ex Cultu Robur, strengthened this core ethos and continued to explore the meaning of culture. This holistic educational ethos is what makes the Cranleigh community so special.
Boarding at Cranleigh
Although they welcome both boarding and day pupils Cranleigh school is full boarding in spirit; day pupils are fully included in house life and contribute much to its vitality. Pupils of all year groups are bonded by their inherent love of joining in; no-one at Cranleigh likes to stand still and that includes staff as well as pupils.
The primary focus of Cranleigh’s boarding ethos is to provide opportunities to pupils that would be unavailable to them at home. They do not, for example, agree with the view that boys and girls should move away from their parents to teach them ‘independence’. On the contrary, Cranleigh recognises the sacrifice a family makes when a son or daughter is away from home, and they hugely value the regular input parents make during term time. A parent’s decision to allow a son or daughter to spend so much time away can really be justified only by the fulfilment of their lives at school.