News & events from Cranleigh School
Cranleigh's 1st VII scooped an historic victory as they lifted the Rosslyn Park Sevens Cup this year, beating off top playing rugby schools from England, Scotland and Wales in the world's largest rugby tournament.
The team won all four of their games on the first day and proceeded to beat off the likes of Wellington and Millfield on the second day of the competition before a convincing finish against Harrow to lift the Cup.
"We're a small numbered school compared to some of the competition and we only get to play rugby for one term so we're all delighted for the boys as they've worked really hard for this," said Cranleigh's Director of Rugby, Andy Houston.
Year 11 pupils maintained last year’s record GCSE results, with 26% of all grades a 9, and 55% of all grades being 9/8. In addition, 68% of all grades were 9-7 (equivalent to A*-A) and 99% of students gained 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 grade.
The overall pass rate was 97%, with 50% of pupils achieving 8 or more A*-A (or equivalent). A quarter of the cohort achieved 10 or more A*-A (or equivalent). Grades in some subjects were exceptional, with more than 80% of pupils achieving 9-7 (equivalent to A*/A).
This year is the first which sees the new grading system adopted across almost all subjects. The change from letters to numbers, with more options for the grades, was designed to coincide with the upgrading of GCSEs to make them more rigorous. Although the two marks schema cannot really be compared directly, there are now three number grades corresponding to A*-A, 9,8 and 7, designed to give more differentiation at the top end.
"We are delighted with these results, particularly given that staff and pupils have been working towards significant changes to the exams and the grading schema. We’d like to offer congratulations to all of our Year 11 pupils and to the Common Room who have worked so hard to help them achieve their goals." - Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic.
A Level Success
Students achieved an excellent set of A Level results this year, with 80 per cent of grades at A*-B and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent.
Sixth Formers experienced major changes to A Levels in England, with a move away from coursework and modular exams throughout their courses. Yet they scooped 44 per cent of A Level passes in the A*/A category and 80 per cent at A*-B.
"We have been working with some of the most significant reforms in decades, so we’re all delighted with these results, which show just how hard our students and staff have worked. The vast majority of our leaving Sixth Formers have achieved the grades they needed for further studies and we wish them all continued success in the next stage of their academic careers." - Mr David Boggitt, Deputy Head Academic
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Educated at University College, Oxford, Martin Reader was an Exhibitioner in English and English Literature. He continued at Oxford reading for an MPhil in English Studies. Whilst at Oxford, he played for the university at rugby and was on the bench at the Varsity Match. He also has an MBA in School Leadership International from Hull University. Martin began his teaching career at St Edward’s Oxford, before moving to Oundle School and then to Reigate Grammar School where he was Senior Deputy Head. Prior to moving to Cranleigh, he was Headmaster of Wellington School, Somerset for eight years.
Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?
I rather fell into it: I decided that I was not going to be an academic – there was not much call for specialists in late 15th century anonymous Scottish poets – and Philip Schofield was not going to relinquish his positon, so being a children’s TV presenter was unlikely. Teaching would enable me to continue to indulge my love of literature and share my enthusiasm. I was also playing rugby for Oxford and so had something to offer outside the classroom. I happened to meet a Housemaster and his wife from St Edward’s, Oxford who were preparing supper prior to a Christians in Sport student conference. He asked me what I was planning to do, and within three days he had spoken to David Christie, the Headmaster of St Edward’s, I had been invited for interview, taught a lesson and been offered the job.
What achievement are you most proud of as Head?
Becoming a Head is rather like becoming a father – whilst being immensely challenging and fulfilling it ceases to become about personal achievement but those of the pupils and staff; and those can be very minor in the grand scheme of things, though important to the individual. There is something very rewarding about seeing a pupil develop over time rather than having single moment. It is really evident amongst musicians who go from a few scratchy notes in a junior lunchtime concert to performing expertly by the time they leave. Having written that, in the space of five days watching the Cranleigh U16 girls win the National Hockey Championships and achieve the outdoor indoor double, the U18 girls win silver in the National Hockey Championships, see one of our oboeists perform at the Royal Albert Hall and the U18 boys win the Rosslyn Park 7s open competition will be a week I will never forget. I am not sure there are many Heads who will have experienced that.
What does a successful school look like to you?
A school in which every pupil finds their voice in whatever area and has the confidence to use it and to sing; where relationships between pupils and staff are strong, friendly and respectful; which is constantly looking to improve, adapt and innovate but never loses sight of the fact that education is about human beings being transformed and awakened even more than it is about achievement; where children are purposeful, busy and succeeding whilst also having a fun childhood. I think boarding schools have the most opportunity to realise this.
What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?
Integrity. Isn’t that what we want from our leaders, employers, parents and friends?
Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.
Excellence grounded in: wholeness, time, family, love, hope.
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