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Cranleigh is Surrey’s leading co-educational independent school, offering boarding and day education for pupils aged 13 to 18. Cranleigh provides a breathtaking range of opportunities in a school small enough for everyone to know and support each other. Pupils lead busy lives now, exceeding academic and sporting expectations, while preparing for life beyond our beautiful rural location.

Set in a stunning rural location in 280 acres on the edge of the Surrey Hills, our beautiful campus is exceptionally well equipped, with outstanding classroom, studio, performance and sports facilities. There are strong links between the School and Cranleigh Preparatory School and pupils also join from a wide variety of other prep schools across London and the Home Counties, creating a lively, House-based community of young people who are drawn together by their inherent love of life and by getting involved in everything Cranleigh has to offer.

School Life

Visitors to Cranleigh are always struck by the warmth and friendliness of our community. A distinct family atmosphere prevails across the boarding houses, teaching rooms and shared spaces; a sense of togetherness that continues across the sports fields and on our stages.

A high staff to pupil ratio, dedicated House staff and a nurturing tutor system all ensure that pupils’ personal wellbeing is paramount, and discipline is maintained through mutual respect. We create a safe and supportive environment that works in genuine partnership with parents and families.


Although we welcome both boarding and day pupils our 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. Fourth formers and others new to House life often comment on the friendliness between pupils and especially between year groups. Leavers will always testify to the lasting friendships they made at Cranleigh. Our alumni association is equally faithful and we are always delighted to see Old Cranleighans return to School.

The primary focus of Cranleigh’s boarding ethos is to provide opportunities to pupils that would be unavailable to them at home. We 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, we recognise the sacrifice a family makes when a son or daughter is away from home, and we 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.

The significant majority of Cranleighans are extremely busy during the first six days of the week – but most choose to be at home with their families after Saturday matches, returning for Chapel (and to prepare for the week ahead) on Sunday evenings. In the interim, our parents are very much part of the education of their sons and daughters. We keep in regular touch with reports, and the house staff get to know the parents very well indeed over their five years at the School.


At Cranleigh we passionately believe in the importance to every pupil of being fully engaged and fulfilled in the co-curricular life of the school. It is at the heart of the our ethos and we are full of pupils who embrace the wide-ranging opportunities that Cranleigh has to offer and who make the school into such an active and purposeful but also fun and vibrant community.

The co-curricular sphere of school life allows for all pupils to be challenged, try out new activities and to pursue their passions within a supportive environment. It enriches the educational experience of pupils and develops skills and character traits that spill over into other areas of school life and beyond – work habits, leadership, teamwork and a sense of duty or service.

Breadth of experience is paramount and there really is something for everyone from Sports, Music, Drama, Creative Arts, Duke Of Edinburgh, CCF, service and charitable activities and many different societies. Our philosophy in all of these spheres is one of striving for excellence and elite-level performance but just as importantly it is one of full participation with pupils at all levels being given the opportunity to perform or represent the school.

Sport is central to life at Cranleigh and we are proud of our reputation as one of the country’s foremost sporting schools – both in terms of elite level performance but also the deeply held belief in our “sport for all” philosophy. Extended sports practices take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons with the majority of fixtures on Saturday afternoons.


School Fees

Cranleigh School from 1 September 2018

The fees at Cranleigh School from 1 September 2018 are as follows:

Category Fee
Cranleigh School Boarding Fees £37,905 annually.
Cranleigh School Day Fees £31,170 annually.

A discount of fees is available for the third (20%) and subsequent siblings (30%) attending either the Senior or Preparatory School at any one time. For details contact the Director of Finance. For all new pupils a subscription sum of £65 per term for a pupil’s first six terms towards life membership of the Old Cranleighan Society (OCS) will be charged. Existing pupils will continue to be charged £24 per term. In collecting these subscription sums and forwarding them to the OCS, the School is acting as agent only for OCS.


Certain additional charges stem from the wide variety of activities and facilities available at Cranleigh. In principle, any service or item acquired by a pupil for personal use is charged to parents. These include purchases from the School Shop, other items of clothing and equipment, materials individually requested or those used in products retained by pupils, medical and dental charges, optional trips/tours/holidays of a sporting, musical, cultural or recreational nature as well as miscellaneous items such as taxis, telephone charges, CDs, personal newspapers, dry cleaning and similar items. For more information regarding fees at Cranleigh School, please visit this page of our website.

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