We want our children to have a broad, balanced and bold education that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. We give ample time to core curriculum subjects, but we care equally about languages, technology and the arts. Throw an outstanding enrichment programme, small class sizes and experienced teachers into the mix, and it becomes easy to see why Cranleigh Prep is such a special place to learn.


An excellent all-rounder with impressive academics, music, arts and sports.

Muddy Stilettos

Academic Overview

Our bespoke curriculum has active learning at its heart. We want our children to ask the big questions (and then answer them!), solve problems and develop a ‘can-do’ attitude. Embracing challenge is central to our ethos; how children learn is just as important as what they learn. As a result, Cranleighans become independent, thoughtful and well-rounded; confident in their ability to question, analyse and express opinions.

We have a strong commitment to academic exploration, best evidenced by the extended project qualification undertaken by our Year 7 pupils. This unique course enables them  to explore a question of their own choosing in greater depth and also learn how to record their findings in a coherent and mature manner; with advanced referencing skills. Not only does this provide an opportunity for them to explore something personal to them, it is a big tick for the leading senior schools; especially in scholarship interviews.

Mixed Ability Teaching

We want every child to strive for excellence and are passionate advocates for mixed ability teaching. We track progress regularly so we are able to provide appropriate intervention; ensuring children with academic flair get the stretch they need and those who find learning more challenging get a helping hand. In the upper years we introduce a discreet upper stream to ensure the most academically able can achieve their full potential.

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