Cranbrook School – The First Five Centuries

Cranbrook School was founded in 1518 as a result of a legacy in John Blubery’s will providing land and buildings within which to found a freeschool for the children of Cranbrook.

As a forerunner to the 500th anniversary in 2018, the Trustees of Cranbrook School have commissioned a history of the School throughout these five centuries. They asked Peter Allen, a highly regarded Deputy Head of the School for 23 years until 1993, the honorary archivist of the School since the 1980’s and a renowned local historian, to write this history and are delighted to announce its publication. They are incredibly thankful to him for the commitment to this enterprise over the last 5 years, which has led to the creation of such a superb book to mark such an important milestone in the life of the School.

They are also indebted to Richard Aldrich, Emeritus Professor of the History of Education at the University of London and a Governor and Trustee of the School who liaised with Peter during his work and whose advice was invaluable.

It is a history, not a PR document. It represents the results of Peter Allen’s detailed research and has not been influence by the School. It charts the successes and setbacks of the School, initially as an independent school funded solely from fees from boarding and day pupils, gaining its Royal Charter in 1574 from Queen Elizabeth I, and culminating in its current status as a leading co-educational state day and boarding school with 780 students aged 13 to 18 categorised as outstanding by Ofsted. The last 100 years has been one of remarkable change which no doubt will continue. It was published just as the School had been confirmed as outstanding in all categories by Ofsted. Another significant change is the introduction of day students from age 11 which will commence from September 2017.

The book is available to purchase from the school at a price of £12.00.  Should you wish to purchase a copy, please complete the form below.  The purchase will be added to your child’s end of term bill and sent home via your child, or payment by cheque or BACS if you are an Old Cranbrookian.  Postal charges of £2.70 will be charged for postage to your home address.

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