Applying for a place at Cranleigh Prep School at 11+ is split up into stages.
Stage 1 – Visits
If you do not already know Cranleigh Prep and Cranleigh School, we strongly recommend visiting both schools. Cranleigh Prep School has four Open Mornings throughout the year which provide families with an informal opportunity to meet the Headmaster and staff, and to enjoy a tour of the School. Advance booking is essential. Cranleigh School hosts small group meetings. These take place on Saturday mornings and provide several families with an informal opportunity to meet the Headmaster and House staff, and to enjoy a tour of the School. Advance booking is essential.
There is one joint Open Morning for Cranleigh Prep and Cranleigh School per year which is held in October. This is of particular interest to 11+ candidates and affords the opportunity to visit both schools.
Individual visits, tours and discussion may also be arranged during the week.
Stage 2 – Registering
If you wish to be considered for a place at Cranleigh Prep School, a registration form and non-refundable registration fee of £200 should be submitted on-line.
Early registration is recommended, ideally in years 4 or 5.
Stage 3 – Taster Events
Registered applicants will be invited to attend one of our Cranleigh Prep Explorers taster events which are held in the Summer Term of year 5 and Michaelmas (Autumn) Term of year 6. Explorers events give children the opportunity to meet some of the Prep school staff and familiarise themselves with the campus. Explorers activities have included bushcraft, indoor climbing, astronaut training and archery. Parents are invited to join for drinks and meet the Headmaster and staff informally. Advance booking is essential.
Stage 4 – Assessment
Registered applicants will be invited to an Assessment day held at Cranleigh School during January in year 6. The Assessment is a holistic review of the candidate’s interest and abilities. It consists of an informal interview, a discussion group, an English creative writing paper, a Mathematics challenge, an on-line test (VR and Non-VR) and fun team building activities. A report is required from the candidate’s current school.
Following the Holistic Review, and receipt of a positive recommendation from the candidate’s current school, an unconditional offer may be made. 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 5 – Scholarship Application
The only scholarship that can be applied for at 11+ is Music. Academic Scholarships will be offered based on exceptional results in the Holistic Review. For full details of awards, please see our Handbook on Scholarships and Bursaries.