Our EDI Journey

At Cranleigh our aim is to prepare all Cranleighans for global citizenship and equip our pupils to operate effectively in an increasingly more diverse and inclusive wider society. Our school motto is ‘Ex Cultur Robur’, meaning ‘from culture comes strength’, and today this is the beacon lighting our exciting journey towards achieving greater equity, diversity and inclusion both in our school community, and beyond.

Cranleigh is committed to effecting change through our EDI work and significant quick wins include designating gender inclusive toilets, providing free sanitary products in toilets, ensuring access to a range of skin-tone plasters, and recording pupils names to aid teacher pronunciation. There is much more work to be done as we strive in the pursuit of greater social justice and all pupils pledge to #bethechange and engage actively with EDI work through PSHE and pupil lead sub-groups each supporting individual protected characteristics. Pupils are enabled to show allyship for minoritized groups and encouraged to advocate for positive change and challenge injustice in all its forms, whenever they see it.

Cranleigh is committed to driving EDI work internally through ‘positive action, partnerships and projects’ and lead externally by providing networking opportunities and support for EDI leads and pupil groups from other schools.


In order to prepare students for global citizenship, Cranleigh aims to be more diverse and more representative of wider society. It will also ensure that its policy and practice encourage an inclusive culture that stands against discrimination in all its forms.

Cranleigh School and Cranleigh Prep School will:

  • increase the number of international students to 10% over the next five years;
  • increase the ethnic diversity of students from 7% to a minimum of 10% of the Cranleigh population over the next five years;
  • increase the ethnic diversity of staff in line with the ethnic diversity of pupils;
  • recruit to achieve an equal gender balance in middle and senior leadership positions over the next ten years.

Cranleigh will publish impact statements on the scope and benefit of partnership work and progress towards its equity, diversity and inclusion aims on a biennial basis.

The following organisations partner with the Schools to help us achieve our social purpose and equality, diversity and inclusion aims:

Black Lives in Music, African Caribbean Education Network, Schools Inclusion Alliance, Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation, Buttle UK, Surrey Virtual School, Beyond Ourselves, West Surrey Schools’ Partnership, Glebelands School, Cranleigh Church of England School, St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, National Literacy Trust, Cranleigh Football Club, Cranleigh Cricket Club, Cranleigh Hockey Club, Surrey Cricket, Surrey Storm Netball.

We are pleased to have been awarded a silver FLAIR award.

FLAIR’s Racial Equity Awards symbolise a school’s commitment to building a racially equitable culture. The silver award signifies our noticeable progress this year across at least 4 core metrics.

See more about FLAIR

Our work around anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-discrimination is all important in building an inclusive environment for pupils when they are here, but discussing it in school means they can go out into the world and they can be the change they want to see.

— Mr David Mulae, Assistant Head (Pastoral) and EDI Lead

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