Cranleigh International

Cranleigh International is the term ascribed to Cranleigh’s portfolio of schools located in other countries around the world. Our UK based Cranleigh International office oversees quality assurance, brand consistency and executive governance participation in each school, as well as stimulating vital inter-school linkages at all levels of operation. Cranleigh International is accountable to the UK School’s Governing Body and makes use of our commercial arm, Cranleigh Education Services Limited.

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 will open 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.


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 the Headmaster, Cranleigh School Martin Reader

Portrait Photo of Martin ReaderCranleigh’s international schools provide us with a high value annual income return, which will increase as our schools build in student numbers and we develop our portfolio. This income supports Cranleigh’s charitable objectives, especially the Foundation as we aspire for all bursaries to be met by overseas income. Linked to this aim to be more socially inclusive, our students are growing up in a fast-changing, hyper-connected and complex global economy which is experiencing a new era of political power dynamics. More than ever, we need to equip them with the skills of engagement with other cultures and connecting with students in our overseas schools is a very useful first stepping stone in this process. I have had the pleasure of spending time at our schools in Abu Dhabi and in Changsha, meeting with students and colleagues. In a post Covid world, I do hope you will also be able to explore and enjoy the benefits of being part of a family of schools.

From the Strategic Development Director, the Cranleigh Family of Schools James Dale-Adcock

Portrait Photo of James Dale-AdcockCranleigh’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.

From the Chair of Cranleigh International’s Committee of Governors, Simon Whitehouse

Cranleigh’s family of schools is a great source of pride for all of us, embodying our Ex Cultu Robur motto – ‘From Culture Comes Strength’. We treasure this and steward it with great care. As you will have seen from the vignettes in this brochure/webpages, the rich spectrum of diverse cultures in our schools adds strength in so many dimensions. Our schools actively support each other, sharing extensively in countless ways. This powers up our Cranleigh Thinking, Being and Giving vision, nurturing next generations of Cranleighans to maximise their potential and thrive as balanced global citizens. Excellent governance and thoughtful development of opportunities provide the core purpose of Cranleigh International. Its work is building on the substantial existing strengths of our schools, guiding thinking to realise additional benefits for our pupils, staff and Cranleigh. The future is rich with potential!