Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AT, Surrey
|Headmaster||Mr Michael Connolly|
|Date Appointed||September 2006|
|Co-ed Age Range||2.5-13|
|Number of pupils||430|
|Day fees per annum||£12,375 - £14,775|
Cranmore is a leading independent prep school in Surrey, situated in West Horsley between Guildford and Leatherhead. Its Christian ethos is central to supporting every child's development and pupils come from a variety of backgrounds with about one-third from Roman Catholic families. The majority live locally, although some come from a wider geographical area. The overall ability profile on entry is above average, and the majority of pupils start in the Cranmore Nursery and Reception with a few joining later in Year 3 or if spaces occur in other year groups. Having established a strong co-educational Nursery several years ago, Cranmore is committed to becoming fully co-educational throughout the school in planned phases.
Prior to joining Cranmore as Headmaster in 2006, Michael Connolly enjoyed twelve years of successful experience as Headmaster at his previous school and, before that, had a rich and varied journey in education within several senior schools and a short spell working overseas.
He is a highly experienced School Inspector and has served on the Board of several national and local educational bodies and often writes articles for leading publications. He is passionate about ongoing education and is currently studying for his 5th University Degree by research in Philosophy.
Q & A with the Head:
Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?
I very much enjoyed my own time as a pupil as I had inspiring teachers who gave me a love for learning. Therefore, I decided that this would be a wonderful career.
What achievement are you most proud of as Head?
No single achievement but a satisfaction in seeing many pupils develop their talents in various aspects of school life.
What does a successful school look like to you?
Children are happy, confident, feel secure and have developed a love for learning.
What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?
Respect for others.
It is in through our relationships with others that we define who we really are as a person.
Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.
Nurturing, Supportive, Encouraging, Aspirational, Resilient