Applying for a place a Cranleigh Prep School at 7+ is split up into stages.
Stage 1 – Visits
If you do not already know Cranleigh Prep School, we strongly recommend an initial visit during one of our Open Mornings. These take place on four mornings throughout the year and provide families with an informal opportunity to meet the Headmaster and staff, and to enjoy a tour of the School. Advance booking is essential.
Individual visits, tours and discussions 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 year 1.
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 2 and Michaelmas (Autumn) Term of year 3. 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 the Assessment day during November in year 2. The Assessment is a review of the candidate’s interest and abilities. It consists of an informal interview in groups, English papers in comprehension and creative writing paper, a Maths paper and fun team building activities. A report is required from the candidate’s current school.
Following the Assessment, and receipt of a positive recommendation from the candidate’s current school, an offer may be made. Cranleigh Prep School is in the fortunate position of receiving 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.