Located in rural Kent, Cranbrook is a high-performing blended elementary school that offers a comprehensive day and boarding school education to students with a strong love for learning and a spirit of independence. In its most recent inspection, Ofsted awarded the Cranbrook school an overall rating of Outstanding. I know it's a little late, but I have a son in the ninth year in Cranbrook who was in an independent place for a couple of years before and at a state school in London before that. The situation is changing a little at the moment, as funding has been cut and they are now admitted in the seventh year, so they are going through an uncertain time.
Subjects, such as music, physical education, DT, ICT, for example, have been eliminated, which means that the creative options in the GCSE are very limited (art, theater, food technology). I have found that most teachers are good, committed and enthusiastic and seem to be the measure of my son for the most part. There are a couple of teachers who haven't impressed me, as have other parents, and this has been addressed to some extent. My son is happy, established, enjoys school, participates in many extracurricular activities (scheduling schedules is a bit frustrating because there are so many confrontations).
There they have plenty of opportunities to explore all kinds of different areas. They have an excellent compulsory after-school program in which they have to get involved in the local community. If you have a child who is ready to work, as in most schools, he will do very well at Cranbrook. It's a state school, it's not perfect, some kids will have a terrible experience, but overall, the discipline is good, the spirit is good and education is good, and there's a lot of support from parents.
The class size is large, there are interruptions like in any state school; there's nothing you can do about it. He's going through a tough time right now, but what school doesn't go through at some point. But from a personal point of view, it's working for us and I don't see any other state school being better. The previous opening date and status indicate when the Cranbrook School opened its doors or when it changed to its most recent version, and several schools became academies in recent years.
While there may be financial restrictions, my son has still managed to thrive in the Cranbrook environment. The English baccalaureate is at the heart of the curriculum and prepares students for life beyond Cranbrook. Entering the Cranbrook Academy of Art is no easy task and you'll have to differentiate yourself with more than just numbers and data. As one of the few state grammar boarding schools in the country, education provided by Cranbrook School is free for both day students and interns.
Before going to Cranbrook, my son was in a prestigious private school for children and had only an average grade of C. Many Old Cranbrook students who attend the school's sixth year go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge.