Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is a state funded boarding and day co-educational grammar school. It is a school of long history, founded in 1518 and given its royal charter by Elizabeth I in 1574. The school has rich history, tradition and is full of character. Pupils feel part of the close-knit community. Cranbrook is a selective school that admits students based on strong academic performance in its day and boarding entrance exams.


Geographic Location

In the town of Cranbrook, Kent, in the south eastern part of England.

School Facilities

Cranbrook Schools is located on 319 acres of educational and recreational features, and offers athletic resources and facilities beyond the usual independent school campus, including gymnasiums, tennis courts, soccer fields, ice arena, indoor heated swimming pool, playing fields for baseball, field hockey, lakes, natural spaces and trails on campus. On campus, students have access to the world-class collections and experts staff of Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook Art Museum, as well as the scenic natural spaces for their exploration. There are rich resources and facilities to enable students to have their life experiences while going through their secondary education. Practically the entire campus provides them classroom experience.

Academic Results

The school was rated Outstanding in its Ofsted inspection in 2015. Its OFSTED Overall Attainment 8 (65.4) was in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019, as per 2018 and 2017.

The school was ranked #129 on the top 500 state secondary schools list in 2021 by Parent Power and published in the Sunday Times based on its students’ performance in A-level and GCSE in summer 2019.

Extra-curricular Activities 

Pupils are highly motivated to developing their own character and individuality inside and outside of the classroom. The school ensures students to gain well-rounded formative experiences through engaging in a broad range of extra-curricular activities. Such activities include CCF (Combined Cadet Force), Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, public speaking and community & charity initiatives, book clubs, dance classes, all forms of performance arts, young enterprise groups and environmental studies as well as long-time favourites such as chess, robotics, riding and cookery. The school also organizes overseas trips to cater for a variety of voluntary-aid, educational or sporting interests.


Location Cranbrook, Kent
School Types State-funded grammar
Category Co-ed (13-18 for Boarders)
Founded Year 1518
Number of Students 884
School Website
School Address Waterloo Rd, Cranbrook TN17 3JD