Cranmore School

Surrey, United Kingdom

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 13 years

About Cranmore School

Cranmore School is an independent Catholic school founded in 1968 and is one of Surrey’s leading prep schools. Cranmore welcomes girls and boys from 2½ to 13 years. At present there are 480+ pupils on roll. It is located in a rural setting in the Surrey village of West Horsley, equidistant from Guildford and Leatherhead.

The school comprises a traditional Preparatory School (Senior Department), fed internally by a Pre-Prep (Junior Department) and a Nursery (Bright Stars at Cranmore). Children from Bright Stars progress to the Junior Department.

The Junior and Senior Departments share modern teaching facilities with 35 classrooms. The self-contained Nursery is divided into four zones each with its own wet area. It has a dedicated outdoor learning area with a fenced-off safety-mat for adventure play equipment. In addition, the Nursery has full access to the main school facilities such as the Music School, swimming pool, sports hall, woodland area and sensory garden.

A wide curriculum including music and the creative arts is followed. In addition, more than 40 extra-curricular clubs operate and include many options which are unusual in a prep school e.g. rowing and skiing. Although the school is non-selective, academic, art, music and sporting results are all excellent.

Pupils are prepared for a range of senior schools which in a typical year include the Royal Grammar School Guildford, City of London Freemen’s School, Epsom College, St George’s College, St John’s School, Hampton School, KCS Wimbledon, Charterhouse, Cranleigh School, Tonbridge School, Wellington College, Winchester College and Worth School.

Cranmore has an impressive track record in both Common Entrance and Scholarships to senior schools.


The School’s mission is to be a Catholic School whose aim is to help all pupils fulfil their potential, to foster their individual talents and to provide for their needs within its caring Christian community, committed to the teachings of the Gospel.

We welcome children from all faiths and from all walks of life – each is valued equally and we work hard to ensure we discover their individual talents and passions during their time as part of the Cranmore community.


Cranmore comprises outstanding teaching and sporting facilities which are contained within a single attractive 25-acre site on either side of the A246, the Leatherhead to Guildford road.

There is a private wooden bridge for safe access between the main school site and 12 acres of playing fields. The school has three modern science laboratories, two air-conditioned ICT laboratories, a chapel and a Music School. The Music School contains a large auditorium, specialist teaching and practice rooms where a wide range of musical instruments are available for use by both juniors and seniors.

All classrooms and offices are linked by the school’s internet and all teaching staff have voicemail. All classrooms have interactive screens. There are also Surface Tablets and iPads available as a teaching resource. External doors are coded and the site is monitored by CCTV.

Within the main school building we have a sprung-floored gymnasium, including an adventure boulder wall, and a Half-Olympic size indoor heated swimming pool. In addition, in a large separate building we have a sports hall marked out for badminton, basketball, cricket nets and volleyball. On its upper level there are sports staff offices, changing rooms and showers, three high quality glass backed squash courts and, for older pupils, a Fitness Room with a suite of low impact cardiovascular equipment. These facilities are also available to staff.

With the exceptions of rowing at nearby Walton-on-Thames and skiing at Sandown, all our sporting facilities are on site. The Henderson Playing Fields, Paddock and Main Square provide a mixture of football and rugby pitches in winter and running tracks, cricket pitches, outdoor cricket nets and a nine hole pitch-and-chip golf course in the summer. There is a pavilion between the cricket pitches with changing facilities for visiting teams. We are also fortunate to have two fenced all weather pitches. One is principally used as four tennis courts and is also equipped with goals to use for football and hockey. The other is set up for football and hockey and is mainly used by pupils in Years 7 and 8.

A 1,500 square metre playground with rubberised safety surface is available for the use of all children during their break times. Adjoining the playground are a fenced and rubberised adventure play area for younger children and a 750 square metre quiet area with benches for reading and playing board games.

A wooded area owned by the school adjacent to the main pitches on the Henderson Playing Fields is used for ‘Forest School’ as well as collecting data for geography and science projects. The pond is used for supervised science lessons.

A fleet of six minibuses is used during the week for bringing some children to school from outlying areas and transporting them to matches against local schools.

Michael Connolly


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Address: Epsom Road, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6AT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1483 280 340
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