In China, Cranleigh is partnered with Cogdel Education Group which has over 20 years’ experience operating over-subscribed International High School departments associated with the top public schools in large cities including Chengdu, Wuhan, Beijing, Chongqing and others. Over the coming years a family of Cogdel Cranleigh China schools will be launched. These schools will adopt a similar ethos to Cranleigh, with particular emphasis on academic excellence, the creative curriculum and provision of an innovative co-curricular programme. Cranleigh’s brand and focus will be on the final three years of education in these schools.
Cranleigh China was officially launched in China in November 2019 with a series of ground breaking ceremonies, launch events and conferences. Work is ongoing to realise the ambition of opening the first Cogdel Cranleigh China school in Changsha in September 2020 to be followed shortly by Cogdel Cranleigh Chengdu.
Income received from Cranleigh China schools enables Cranleigh to enhance its charitable activities, to fulfil its public benefit responsibilities and to widen access by offering opportunities to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience through the Cranleigh Foundation and the School’s other bursary programmes. The long-term aspiration is for all bursaries to be funded by income from overseas schools and donations.
In China, Cranleigh is partnered with Cogdel Education Group which has over 20 years’ experience operating over-subscribed International High School departments associated with the top public schools in large cities including Chengdu, Wuhan, Beijing, Chongqing and others. Over the coming years, a family of Cogdel Cranleigh China schools will be launched, the first of which opened in Changsha in September 2020. Cranleigh’s brand and focus is on the final three years of education in these schools.
From The Headmaster Cranleigh China Changsha
The Cranleigh ethos is central to life at Cogdel Cranleigh Changsha, underpinned by the three tenets of Cranleigh Thinking, Cranleigh Giving and Cranleigh Being. In the classroom, we promote academic excellence through discussion and debate. Cranleigh UK and Cranleigh Abu Dhabi have provided outstanding support and training materials to help us promote an enquiry led learning culture, specifically through the mediums of the HPQ, EPQ and IB courses.
The extended day that a boarding school provides gives the opportunity for students to explore sports, performing arts, academic societies and service on our state-of-the-art campus, which includes an athletics track, 50-metre swimming pool and professional standard theatre. We have developed a strong house system similar to the Cranleigh Abu Dhabi model. Our pastoral provision and wellbeing programmes underpin the lives of all our pupils so they can thrive in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment, positioning them to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, the essence of Cranleigh Being.
Opened: in September 2020 with an initial cohort of 500 students from Grades 1 to 10.
Located: in the brand-new Changsha Economic and Technological Development Zone with convenient transport links and abundant green spaces surrounding the campus.
700 Students attend the school, ranging from age 6 to 18, most of whom are Chinese, but with a growing international student presence.
British Curriculum is taught with senior school students taking iGCSEs and A Levels or IB before leaving for a range of universities, predominantly in the UK and US.
Awards: The school was authorised as an IB World School for the Diploma Programme in 2021 after only six months of operation.
Cranleigh By Name, Cranleigh By Nature
Sporting Excellence: The brand-new campus at Cogdel Cranleigh Changsha has the sporting facilities available for students to participate in a wide range of sports: football, basketball, baseball, golf, fencing, tennis, athletics and swimming.
Putting on a Show: In our first semester of operation, the school hosted a Shakespeare Festival for the British Consulate with performances from students of all ages. The second semester saw the world premiere of ‘Harry Potter and the Lost Hat of Cranleigh’ which was written, directed and performed by students in Grades 7 and 8 for members of the local community.
Environmental Innovators: In 2021, the school was nominated for the Students for Sustainability Award at the British School Awards in recognition of ‘a genuine and deep awareness of sustainability issues’ among the student body. We were the only newly established school to receive a nomination in any category.
Leading by Example: One of the school mottos is “We inspire agency in everyone”. This means that students are empowered to take ownership of their own experience at the school. Students are encouraged to be active participants in the Student Union and are given numerous chances to demonstrate leadership skills, whether it be planning the annual Christmas party or proposing a new co-curricular activity.
Caring Community: The Cranleigh Giving aspect of the school ethos means that we expect all students to perform voluntary service during the academic year. This could take the form of litter picking in the area around the campus or visiting a local care home to entertain the residents. The focus of all such activities is giving back to the community and developing a passion for service.
Student Exchanges: The first Cranleigh student visit to a Cranleigh China school has been postponed due to the pandemic but it is hoped exchanges and visits will be a feature of the connection between Cranleigh UK and Cranleigh China schools.
Staff Interchanges: Former Cranleigh School Deputy Head, Andrew Griffiths, lead Cogdel Cranleigh Changsha school during its set up phase and first semester of operation. Cranleigh UK and Cranleigh Abu Dhabi staff will have opportunities to visit and teach in China through the Cranleigh Family of Schools.
Connections and Collaborations: Cranleigh China students have collaborated with their counterparts in the UK and Abu Dhabi on environmental projects, World Book Day celebrations and a photography competition, as well as exchanging videos on several topics during the pandemic period.
Heads Together: Head of Cogdel Cranleigh Changsha, Adam McRoy and members of his leadership team are members of the Cross-Schools Learning, Teaching and Innovation Committee led by Dr John Taylor at Cranleigh School. Adam McRoy also has direct open dialogue through James Dale-Adcock and Martin Reader.
Leadership Links: Cranleigh China operations and strategy are overseen by the Cranleigh China Management Board. Monica Fisher (Cranleigh School Deputy Chair of Governors), James Dale-Adcock and Dr John Taylor sit alongside three Cogdel Education representatives on this board. Board decisions are fed into the Cranleigh School governance system by means of the Governing Body Cranleigh International Committee and full Governing Body meetings.