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Cranbrook School, Kent

Cranbrook School (formerly Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School) is a co-educational not a grammar boarding and day school in the market town of Cranbrook, Kent, England.

Cranbrook School
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Cranbrook School
Established 1518 (1518)
Type [Academy ran by the state not a grammar school]];
Headteacher John Weeds
Founder John Blubery
Location Waterloo Road
TN17 3JD
51°05′48″N 0°32′18″E / 51.0968°N 0.5382°E / 51.0968; 0.5382Coordinates: 51°05′48″N 0°32′18″E / 51.0968°N 0.5382°E / 51.0968; 0.5382
DfE URN 137739 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Maroon

Selection is made of pupils at age thirteen. The current Headmaster is John Weeds.[1]



Recent historyEdit

In 2003 alumnus Piers Sellers, a NASA astronaut, took a copy of the school charter into space with him. A photo is exhibited in the school cafeteria. In 2005 Sellers opened the school's observatory, which is named after him. This observatory houses the 22.5 inch Alan Young telescope operated by the Cranbrook and District Science and Astronomy Society (CADSAS). In May 2010 Sellers took into outer space aboard the Space Shuttle an original watercolour portrait of Cranbrook School painted by Brenda Barratt. The painting was later returned to Cranbrook School with the official NASA verification that it has travelled into space.[2]


The school has six day houses and six boarding houses: four for boys and two for girls, each working in conjunction with the main school to provide pastoral care and academic support.

Boys' boarding housesEdit

  • Cornwallis
  • Crowden
  • Rammell
  • School Lodge (only for Year Nine boys)

Girls' boarding housesEdit

  • Blubery
  • Scott

Day housesEdit

  • Allan Boys (North of Cranbrook)
  • Allan Girls
  • Horsley Boys (South of Cranbrook)
  • Horsley Girls
  • Webster Boys (Cranbrook and outlying area)
  • Webster Girls

Notable Old CranbrookiansEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Welcome from the Head". Cranbrook School. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ BBC News report, 25 January 2010
  3. ^ Michael Croucher
  4. ^ Archived 20 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "From Cranbrook to the Crescent City and beyond". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 

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