The Cranleigh International team is comprised of a small number of bespoke staff and school governors who work in close association with the schools’ leadership teams, as well as external commercial and government advisors. Cranleigh International has a school founded in 2014 in Abu Dhabi with partner Aldar Education and two schools in China with partner Cogdel Education, one in the city of Changsha founded in 2020 and one in the city of Wuhan which opened its doors in 2022. In both China and the Middle East, Cranleigh International has entered into legal agreements to open further schools within the Cranleigh International network.


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pupils are educated at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi each year.

What Is The Value Of Cranleigh International?

There are multiple benefits for all of Cranleigh’s stakeholders to developing and prudently growing an international portfolio of schools. Income returned to Cranleigh UK is a meaningful and increasingly significant tool in diversifying income away from school fee reliance. Cranleigh International income is also a vital contributor to our social purpose mission directly feeding into the Cranleigh Foundation.

At Cranleigh’s schools in the UK and abroad we aspire to develop students who are readied for global citizenship and empowered by an understanding, tolerance and collaboration between cultures their education has given them. The Cranleigh International network lends students the opportunity to collaborate, compete, engage or socialise in-person or remotely with students in different cultures. For our teachers, the professional development opportunities Cranleigh International offers them are rich and career enhancing.

From International Development Director, Mr James Dale-Adcock

Cranleigh’s strength has always been its community. This began with the opening of a school for the local farming community in the Surrey borders in 1865 and now our community is local, regional, national and international but the desire to connect and support one another remains the same. Our school motto ‘Ex Cultu Robur’ (from culture comes strength) also remains relevant and central to students’ education today in the UK, Abu Dhabi and China. Whichever Cranleigh School campus in the world they attend, a Cranleigh student will enjoy opportunities to develop their character through diverse co-curricular programmes and they will learn the value of service, relationships, leadership and excellence. Connecting students through collaboration projects, competitions, exchanges and visits between the Cranleigh Family of Schools is an important vehicle for helping develop global perspectives on issues which will shape all our students’ futures. Staff also are benefitting from opportunities for professional growth, working together across the schools to develop progressive educational thinking and share good practice and resources. Cranleigh’s Governors and the leadership teams at Aldar Education in Abu Dhabi and Cogdel Education in China, recognise the value of working together at all levels across the organisations to continue to deliver world class education for every Cranleigh student.


Cranleigh China Wuhan opened.

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