A unique state boarding grammar school for girls and boys in the Kent countryside.

Cranbrook School

Boarding Admissions


Cranbrook School will be offering 52 boarding places for Year 9 entry in September 2023: 34 boys and 18 girls boarding places.

Applications for entry in September 2023 will open on 1st September until 31st October 2022.

Entrance Exam Date

19th November 2022 (exact arrangements will be confirmed via email to registered candidates in early November 2022).

Boarding Suitability Interview Dates



Some boarding places for Year 9 entry in September 2022 are still available.  Please contact the Registrar for further information.



Students who wish to make an In-Year Application for a boarding place should contact the Registrar at Cranbrook School to check on availability of a place.


Students who wish to make an In-Year Application for a Year 9 boarding place should complete our In-Year Admission Form via this link:  Cranbrook School In-Year Boarding Application Form .

Testing & Interview

As Cranbrook School is a selective Grammar School, all students have to undergo testing.  We will liaise with you to make arrangements for testing to take place.

If you wish to apply for a Year 9 boarding place, your child will be assessed using the Cranbrook School Entrance Exam, further information on which can be requested from the Registrar.

Boarding candidates also have to undergo a Boarding Suitability Interview.

Outcome of Application

You will be advised on the outcome of your Application within 15 school days of the test result being known.  You will be offered a place if:

  • Your child meets with our entry requirements
  • A place is available
  • No other child has a higher priority for the place

If your child is not offered a place you can:

Please also refer to our Boarding Admissions Policy for more details.



As one of the country’s few State Boarding Schools, the education provided by Cranbrook School is free to day students and boarders alike. The only charges levied by the Governors go towards boarders’ accommodation and live-in costs – far lower than Independent Sector fees.

Please refer to our Boarding Admissions Policy for more details.



Cranbrook School welcomes boarding applications from Armed Forces families who are in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA).  Qualifying for CEA means that you will only pay 8% of the annual boarding fee which is just £384 per term (£1,152 per annum) for the 2021 academic year.

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides information and advice to service families and eligible MoD civilians on all aspects of the education of their children in the UK and overseas.  Please call the helpline on 01980 618 244 or 94 344 8244.  Telephones are manned from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. To enquire by email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk.

More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/the-childrens-education-advisory-service-ceas.

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