06 JUL 2017

Cranbrook School greets its first Year 7 students in a generation

Grammar School expansion goes ahead with new student induction day

Cranbrook School is celebrating the arrival of its first intake of 11 year olds for nearly 50 years. Helen Grant MP visited the school on this momentous occasion and took part in lessons as the new Year 7s got a flavour of Biology teaching in their new school.

Thirty students will start at Cranbrook this September following recent approval by the government of this 'Outstanding' grammar school's plans to expand. The school has also announced that it will move to two forms of entry from September 2018.

Helen said 'The new intake is the culmination of a lot of careful 

thought, hard work and perseverance by Dr Weeds and his team alongside the Board of Governors. It is great to have been able to witness their vision on paper now crystallise as students in classrooms'.

Chair of Governors, James Peace, commented, "With Cranbrook celebrating 500 years of schooling in 2018, this is an excellent way to show that we are still moving with the times. All schools are looking to change to deal with financial challenges. In our case, we have also improved choice for parents by taking in Year 7s. Seeing Cranbrook reaching out to a wider range of schools in this way is very welcome."

Cranbrook's catchment area contains twelve major feed primaries and three preparatory schools. All are well represented in the new intake.


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