How to Apply

Cranleigh is a vibrant school which is large enough for diverse opportunities and small enough for every individual to be known, supported and encouraged, whatever activities they undertake. Choosing the right senior school is one of the most important decisions a family will make together. Our admissions process enables children and their families to make an informed choice with opportunities to visit, engage and join in events with the wider Cranleigh community.

What makes Cranleigh really special is the caring and friendly atmosphere. Every year pupils join Cranleigh from a range of different schools in the UK and a small number from overseas. Cranleigh is accessible to all families. A range of scholarships is made available every year and these may be supplemented with means tested bursaries up to 100% to fulfil our aim of encouraging a community of diverse backgrounds and interests.

If you do not already know Cranleigh, we strongly recommend an initial visit during one of our small group visits or open mornings, dependent on age of entry. These will enable you and your child to have a tour of the school, ground and facilities and meet a few key members of staff to answer any initial questions. Our visits and open mornings are very popular and so advance booking via the Admissions office is essential to avoid disappointment.

To arrange a personal appointment or to request to join a Saturday morning Small Group Appointment, please call the Admissions Office on 01483 276377.

Admissions Processes

Stage 1 – Visits

If you do not already know Cranleigh, we strongly recommend an initial visit during one of our small group meetings. These take place on Saturday mornings throughout the academic year. Advance booking via our Admissions Office is essential.

Small group meetings provide several families with an informal opportunity to hear about future plans for the School, to meet the Headmaster and House staff, and to enjoy a tour of the School with a current pupil.

Individual visits, tours and discussion with the Head of Admissions may also be arranged during the week.

Stage 2 – Registering

If you wish to be considered for a place at Cranleigh, a registration form and non-refundable registration fee should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Registration forms are available on-line or via the School prospectus.

Early registration is recommended, ideally in years 4 or 5. Applicants may be offered 13+deferred places, with testing taking place in year 6 and subject to Common Entrance in year 8.

Stage 3 – Holistic Review

Registered applicants will be invited to an Assessment day during January in year 6.
The Assessment is a holistic review of the candidate’s interest and abilities. It consists of an informal interview with a senior member of staff, a discussion group with the Headmaster, an English creative writing paper, a Mathematics challenge, an on-line test and fun team building activities. A report is required from the candidate’s current school.

The interview will provide candidates with an opportunity to discuss their passions and what motivates them, during which interests and talents outside the classroom will be highly valued.

Following the Holistic Review, and receipt of a positive recommendation from the candidate’s current school, a conditional offer may be made. This will be confirmed on successful completion of the examination stage.

Cranleigh is in the fortunate position of receiving many more applications each year than we have places available. Admissions decisions therefore take into account a variety of factors. We need to be confident that a pupil will thrive academically but we also consider what wider contribution he or she will make to the Cranleigh community, particularly those individuals who will make the most of the available opportunities and develop themselves.

Stage 4 – Scholarship Application

Cranleigh offers a range of academic and other scholarships. To gain an award, candidates must demonstrate both excellence in their chosen field and exceptional promise. Scholarship application forms are available from the candidate’s current school. Applications should be received by the advertised closing date in year 8.

For full details of awards, please see our Handbook on Scholarships and Bursaries.

Stage 5 – Examination

All candidates, who have been offered a 13+ deferred place will take the ISEB Common Entrance Examination in June of Year 8.

Separate provision is made for candidates not being prepared specifically for Common Entrance. These assessments will take place in May of Year 8.

Stage 6 – Waiting Lists

The majority of offers are made during the spring of year 6. We operate a waiting list and keep parents, guardians and schools informed of movement and should a place become available. Late applications are accepted subject to the length of the waiting list.

A limited number of places are available to pupils who are likely to achieve strong results in their GCSE examinations. Entry is competitive and successful candidates are likely to be predicted A* and A grades at GCSE or IGCSE.

Stage 1: Visits

The Sixth Form Open morning will take place in September, please book a place via the Admissions office. This event provides families with the opportunity to hear about the curriculum, co-curricular activities, and future plans for the school. There will also be the chance to meet the Headmaster, Director of Studies and House staff, and to enjoy a tour of the school with a current pupil. Follow up visits and individual visits may be arranged via the Admissions office.

Stage 2: Registering

If you wish to be considered for a place at Cranleigh, a registration form and non-refundable registration fee should be submitted by September 30th of Year 11. Registration forms are available with the prospectus or can be downloaded here:

Candidates must be over 15 and under 17 years of age on the 1st September in their year of entry to the school.

Stage 3: Pupil admissions interview and assessment

Registered candidates will be invited to attend an interview and assessment in November of Year 11. Assessment for Sixth Form places consists of the requisite predicted results at GCSE, verbal and non-verbal reasoning papers, a written English paper, and a satisfactory report from the candidate’s current school. Candidates will also be required to attend an informal admissions interview, which will comprise an holistic review of the candidate’s specialised academic subjects plus their interests and abilities in extra-curricular activities. Following interview and receipt of a positive recommendation from the candidate’s current Head, a conditional offer will be made. This will be dependent on successful completion of GCSEs with the required grades. Offers will be made from December onwards, dependent on availability of places.

Stage 4: Scholarship application

Cranleigh offers academic and other scholarships. To gain an award, candidates must demonstrate excellence in their chosen field. For further details of awards please see Scholarships and Bursaries.

Stage 5: Confirmation and acceptance

Places are confirmed subject to candidates achieving the required standard at GCSE. On receipt of an offer, confirmation of acceptance must be received within two weeks.