Portrait Photo of Steve Batchelor
Job Title
Assistant Head (Liaison)
Joined Cranleigh
January 1991

As a pupil at Cranleigh Prep I have always had a connection with the School and the area, as my parents lived close by. I moved to Millfield for my senior school where I played both hockey and tennis. I played tennis alongside Jeremy Bates British No1 at the time, and Andrew Castle, Wimbledon Quarter Finalist and now Pundit. Hockey took over, and I played for England U16, U18, U21 and Senior team while still only 18 years old. I was selected for the GB Hockey Team that went to Los Angeles in 1984 and won Olympic Bronze. With this team I went on to win World Cup Silver in 1986, European Championship Silver in 1987 and Bronze in 1991, reaching the pinnacle with Olympic Gold in 1988. After three Olympic games having played in Barcelona in 1992, I retired to help coach hockey at schools and clubs around the South of England. I set up a sport company called Exsportise with my Dutch Friend Bram van Asselt. One of my school contracts was back at Cranleigh.

Two housemasters, Mike Wilson, Head of Tennis and David Derbyshire, Head of Hockey were both leaving Cranleigh to become Heads at other schools. They both asked me if I would be interested in joining Cranleigh full time, which I did in 1991. The rest is history. I have now been at Cranleigh, previously on a part time basis, and now full time basis for 30 years.

My role at Cranleigh has been varied, starting as Hockey and Tennis Coach, moving in as a Tutor in Loveday, and then being asked to be Deputy Housemaster which I did from 2007-2013. During this time, I was asked to involve myself in the Admissions Team shadowing John Thompson and eventually became Head of Admissions, which is my title still today. During my time at Cranleigh I have coached and been part of over 10 hockey teams that have made it to National finals.

What I like most about the Cranleigh community is very easy — the family feel that Cranleigh continues to create with both its students and parents. I’ve seen all four of my children become independent all rounded individuals, who yes, all loved sport, but more importantly made friendships that will last forever.