Sixth Form

A limited number of places is available to boys and girls who are likely to achieve good results in their GCSE examinations. For further details telephone the School Office on 01483 276377 or email

In addition to Academic Awards, the School offers Music, Art and Eric Abbott Awards (please see below for full details of each Award, including the selection procedure in each case). Over the last three years a total of 41 awards in these categories has been made. Awards are open to both external and internal candidates. Internal candidates are considered for awards in the light of their GCSE results and their school achievements to date.

The dates given are for Sixth Form entry in September 2016.

Registration and Award entry forms must be completed and returned not later than Friday 2nd October 2015. It is expected that Art portfolios will be submitted in advance of the interviews and no later than Monday 19th October 2015. Interviews and auditions as appropriate will take on either Thursday 12th November 2015 or Tuesday 17th November. It will not be necessary for candidates to stay overnight at the School. A report will be sought from the Head of the candidate’s present school. Parents should therefore ensure that he or she is kept fully informed from the outset of the application. Results will be communicated to Heads and parents on 1st December. Parents will be asked to confirm their acceptance of the offer by payment of a deposit of £400 not later than 7th December. Payment of the deposit will reserve the successful candidate’s place in the Sixth Form, subject to his/her GCSE results.

Entry forms are available to download or from the School Office. Telephone 01483 276377 or e-mail

The maximum amount offered on merit is 5% of the fees, but all awards may be augmented in cases of proven financial need. It is expected that all awards will be held for the full period of a pupil’s Sixth Form career at Cranleigh, but they are conditional on high standards of attendance, diligence and behaviour on the pupil’s part and on parents treating the School and its staff reasonably. All awards made will be fees-linked: the award will be subject to the same percentage increase as the fees throughout a pupil’s Sixth Form career. The awards will apply to boarding fees or day fees as appropriate.

It is expected that boys and girls are over 15 and under 17 on entry to the Sixth Form.

Academic Award

The selection procedure consists of a full written report from a candidate’s current school, an A*/A predicted profile for GCSE and a series of interviews held at Cranleigh. There will also be a short written paper to test candidates’ skills in reasoning and analysis, for which no preparation is necessary. Most awards are made conditional upon specific grades in GCSE examinations.

Music Award

The Music Awards examination consists of an audition and interviews. Candidates should be of good Grade 7/8 standard on at least one instrument. A Music Awards is made after auditions,which should include the performance of two contrasting works on a candidate’s first instrument. Where a second instrument is offered, one piece is required for performance. Singing is welcomed and encouraged. Candidates are required to perform (on their first instrument only) scales, arpeggios and sight-reading. Aural tests appropriate to their standard will be given and candidates’ general musicianship and interests assessed.

Art Awards

The Art Awards examination consists of the submission of a portfolio in the first instance and then, for selected candidates, a drawing test and interviews. The portfolio should show evidence of sketch books/work books, finished pieces and work in progress. Both 2D and 3D work (where relevant) should be submitted. It is expected that most of the work will be GCSE coursework, but candidates may also submit personal work if they wish. Art Scholars will embark upon a two-year Pre-U Art and Design course.

Eric Abbott Awards

Candidates applying for an Eric Abbott Award should be of good academic ability and, in addition, should offer one clearly established area of excellence outside the classroom.