Cransley School
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Primary & Secondary
4 - 16
Other independent school
Not Rated

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths

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School Description

Set in the midst of the beautiful Cheshire Countryside, Cransely School has a warm, friendly atmosphere in which all students are encouraged to fulfil their potential. A team of well qualified, dedicated staff work hard to make the Cransley Experience a rewarding, happy one. Small class sizes and a positive environment encourages academic success at every level.

Cransley School Parent Reviews

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“Wonderful Cransley”

"> Our son joined Cransley in Prep 5 from another independent school after an unhappy period where his confidence had been affected. We’d persevered at this school hoping things would work out but eventually decided it was not the place for us. We began to search for alternatives and Cransley was highly recommended to us. So we arranged to meet the head Mr Pollock and some of his team and whilst there on the initial visit he personally gave us a tour of the school and the grounds. We spent a delightful afternoon at the school, where we were able to see first hand how happy the children were and had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions. The more we heard from Mr Pollock about the school ethos and its inclusive approach to the teaching and development of its pupils the more impressed we became. After two hours our minds were made up that this was going to be our sons new school. All of our subsequent contacts with the rest of the school team only went to assure us that we had made the right choice. From the first contact the school efficiently arranged visits, taster days, assessments, and made us all feel completely supported during the transition. He was welcomed into the Cransley family with open arms and within a few days felt completely at home. All of this seemed at the time a little too good to be true and we naturally expected some hiccups along the way but the school continues to exceed our expectations. Almost immediately, we saw a huge improvement in our son’s levels of confidence and self esteem, he comes home full of stories about what he's done that day. He's happy, engaged and enthusiastic about school, which really is a joy to see. He's taking part in sport, extra curricular activities and school fixtures whilst the small class sizes and dedicated staff make sure he is properly supported to reach his academic potential. Can't recommend highly enough - really is a wonderful school.
“Cransley Magic is Real”

"> I have never written a review of anything before, but changing or choosing schools is such a huge decision, and I want to share our very positive experience. My son had been at another nearby independent school since he was four. Whilst happy enough, he was not particularly interested in school, and struggled to keep up with the high academic standards required. In short, he had switched off. We fell in love with Cransley straight away. It felt like we were taking a risk (it is quirky), but the staff, the pupils .... in fact everything, just has this strange happy hypnotic atmosphere. So we took the plunge, and hoped for the best. He started at Cransley after Christmas, in year 5. The transformation was literally overnight. He would come home with phrases such as "I thought you just had to go to school, I didn't know you could enjoy it too". "You know what Mummy, I listened in English today, it was really interesting". My husband and I just look at each other, stunned. At his previous school, homework used to be a nightmare, he had clearly not listened to anything he had been taught, and weekends consisted of me teaching fractions or whatever it was he was supposed to have learnt. At Cransley, he refuses to let me even assist - "no I don't need help, it's been explained to me, and I have to let the teacher know if I don't understand something so that she can explain it to me". It feels like he as been "unclogged", he has started believing in himself again, and this self belief is translating into academic proficiency. The headmaster is inspirational, the teachers are so approachable, the office staff are delightful and fun. Nothing is too much trouble. My son, who never took part in sports, feigning disinterest, now enjoys running, cricket and judo. The children have three breaks a day, and apparently the food is fantastic. Lessons are held outside if it's nice weather. At our first parents evening, his teacher said, as we entered the room "Is he happy?" "yes" we said, "good, don't worry the rest is coming, if he's happy he will learn". It's not a conventional school. It feels like it is a school run for the children, rather than the top academically gifted, or the budding sports stars. We moved our youngest son over at the beginning of the term. Academically more switched on, we were slightly worried perhaps he wouldn't be pushed as much as before. I can categorically say this is not the case. He is adjusting well, and I have no concerns that he will achieve his full potential. I realise this review may seem too good to be true. But the relief of having happy children, who are now thriving is something I cannot really put into words. It is a magical place, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
“A Hidden Gem”

"> Having moved to the area recently the most important consideration in settling our family into our new surroundings was to find the perfect school. We stumbled upon Cransley by chance, attending an open day, and it is truly a hidden gem. The class sizes are small and both of our children are treated as individuals whilst being encouraged to be the best that they can be at all times. Both our children have excelled academically but most importantly have made good friends and look forward to the school bus picking them up each morning. As parents we have also made new friends through the excellent events held at the school, which gives a real sense of community. I would highly recommend the school to anyone who wants their children to be inspired to achieve!
“Very happy parents”

"> Cransley is in my view one of the best schools in Cheshire. Our child has enjoyed every minute of his time there – I can't recommend it enough.
“Happy kids @ Cransley”

"> Can't recomend highly enough. I have 2 happy children who are flourishing with their education. Happy children who seem to have a lot of fun and are still thriving. Cransley is special.
“Cransley Amazing School!”

"> This school is amazing. It's a small school and every pupil benefits from lots of attention. Cransley has a family atmosphere and the pastoral care is amazing. My daughter has excelled since she moved there 3 years ago. I highly recommend Cransley.
“Wonderful school”

"> I have no idea who left the earlier review on this page. I have 3 children at Cransley and this is as far removed from my experience as it is possible to get. This school is nurturing, dedicated to education and always a pleasure to deal with. I have happy children who love their school and who are achieving. What more could a parent ask for?
“Cransley School”

"> In my opinion, an absolutely atrocious school. I would not recommend it to anyone looking for their child to have a decent education. Organisation skills were diabolical.
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This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.