The Cranleigh Foundation (Registered Charity No 1122918) funds places for children who have suffered trauma, such as losing the support of one or both parents through exceptional or tragic circumstances. Foundationer places are for children who have a significant pastoral need and would benefit from our nurturing boarding environment.

The Foundation is a fund which, over the coming decades, will build to a substantial endowment to support bursaries to provide a Cranleigh education for Foundationer pupils.

The ongoing support of Cranleigh is widely recognised at all levels within Children's Services.

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Cranleigh Foundation

The Fund is still in its early days but, since it was set up in 2007, has funded 13 Foundationer places. The School seeks the support of the community to continue to fund these life-transforming opportunities. Although some parents or guardians of Foundationer pupils might be in a position to make a financial contribution towards their child’s education, most will not, and the Foundation funds are built on the assumption that it will fully support all Foundationers.


The Foundation is overseen by a board of Trustees. They are:

  • Mrs Chris Allison, Head of Riding, Cranleigh School
  • Mr Andrew Cronk (OC)
  • Mr Christian Dellière (OC)
  • Mrs Belinda Graham-Rack, Administrator, Cranleigh Friends
  • Mr Nick Meyer (OC), Chairman of Cranleigh Foundation
  • Mr Adrian Lajtha, Chairman of Governing Body, Cranleigh School
  • Mr Nigel Smith (OC)
  • Mr Graham Williams (OC)

"The Foundation stepped in to help my daughter at what was a very difficult time in her life. She realises how lucky she is and that without their support, and the School’s, she would not have succeeded as she has done."

— Foundationer Parent

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