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At Cranbrook, we track our students’ progress by their academic development, personal well-being, and gradual transition to adulthood across the teenage years. The wider world, however, uses more prosaic measures – exam results.

Although we do not believe in hot-house methods, our success in this sphere stands scrutiny alongside the best in the country – and we are proud that Cranbrook is consistently placed among the best schools in England and, as a result, pupils secure places at the very best universities
Cranbrook School has enjoyed consistent, top-tier exam success in recent years.

Cranbrook students are taught to think for themselves and they are encouraged to use  the student portal where they are able to access revision guides, subject notes/links and exam resources. Equally parents are also encouraged to support their offspring during their time at Cranbrook.

Our setting, with the river Crane running through it and 75 acres of lush Wealden countryside, complements our boarding and teaching accommodation delightfully.

Cranbrook was one of the small number of Kent grammar schools founded in the Tudor period.  Its history goes back to 1518 when a wealthy Yeoman, John Blubery, bequeathed his ‘chief mansion’ to provide a ‘frescole house’ for the town’s children.  Following Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the important cloth manufacturing town of Cranbrook in 1573, a royal charter, firmly established the ‘free and perpetual grammar school’.  The first Governors are named in the charter: they included the vicar (and each subsequent vicar of Cranbrook has been a Governor), the two leading local gentlemen and ten wealthy Cranbrook clothiers. 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.  We are embarking on a period of similar development with our move to admit 11 year olds for the first time in over 40 years from September 2017.

If you would like to find out more about our long and illustrious history, you may order a copy of “Cranbrook School – The First Five Centuries” by former Deputy Headmaster, Peter Allan.  To order your copy please complete the form below.

Cranbrook School - The First Five Centuries

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