|34 Mansfield Road, IG1 3BD, UK Ilford|
Welcome to the Cranbrook College website. I hope that you will enjoy reading about the school, and that your questions will be answered. A website is a very useful introduction but we hope that you will wish to come and see the school in action. You will receive a warm welcome .
These pages tell a little about the wide and exciting range of academic subjects, sporting opportunities and out of school activities that make up our school. Of course a school is much more than this, and it is the people in it who matter most. Our small but friendly school possesses highly-qualified teachers whose job is to ensure that your son receives every possible help and support in finding his true potential. We hope to inspire his interests, arouse his curiosity and nourish his development from the time he arrives for his first day in school till his final graduation. When he leaves Cranbrook College, we hope that he will be a well-mannered and well-presented young man with all of the attributes that he will need to make his way through life.
Cranbrook College is a caring community. We promote high standards and provide opportunities for success, personal development and the widening of individual talents and interests.
Our students will also be able to respond to the demands of a constantly changing society, whilst holding firmly to traditional values. We aim to serve the needs of our pupils by providing a full and rounded education which:
- Equips boys with the academic foundation for their chosen career;
- Raises awareness of social and cultural diversity;
- Stimulates respect for others;
- Promotes independent learning and teamwork alike;
- Develops self-confidence and initiative.
- Enriches pupils by creating a wide range of co-curricular activities, clubs and out of school visits.
Outside the classroom there is a flourishing sporting and extra curricular programme. As well as the main team games, all boys learn to swim and sailing is a popular activity. There is an annual ski trip and cultural visits to Italy, France or Spain. Lunchtime clubs, drama and music are an increasingly important part of school life and individual lessons are available in clarinet, flute, violin, guitar, trumpet, drums, piano, recorder and voice.
In the Pre-Preparatory School, emphasis is placed on literacy and numeracy, with small class sizes giving plenty of opportunity for individual attention. Handwriting and computer skills are also taught and standards in the Key Stage 1 SAT's are high. Spanish is introduced, encouraging boys to develop their language skills from an early age.
Pre-Preparatory department curriculum
The Pre-Preparatory department consists of three classes, one for each year group. The department as a whole works very closely together, planning and co-ordinating the formative years of the boys' education and progress towards the Junior and Upper Schools.
The ultimate aim of the Pre-Preparatory department is to provide a very happy, secure and stimulating educational environment in which to learn.
As well as the core curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, the children are offered a wide variety of other experiences including Spanish, ICT, Music, PE, Art and the Humanities. Spanish, ICT Music and PE are taught by specialist teachers.
Each term educational trips are undertaken, including visits to museums, theatres and environmental centres.
Pupils sit the standard assessment tests (SATs) at Key Stage 1
In the Junior School, boys follow a broad-based curriculum in which Literacy and numeracy remain a priority. French enters alongside Spanish, with Art, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Religious Education, Science, PE and Games completing the programme. Boys do very well in the Key Stage 2 SAT's.
Pupils entering the Junior School are introduced to a wide and diverse curriculum. The emphasis is on the core subjects: Numeracy, Literacy and Science. In addition, pupils are taught by specialist teachers in the following subjects: Art, French, Spanish, ICT, Music, Science, PE and Games. In Art, Information and Communications Technology and in Science, pupils are taught in the purpose built facilities of the Upper School. PE and Games lessons take place in the outstanding facilities available at Redbridge Sports Centre, East Ham Leisure Centre and Frenford Sports Club. Games include traditional team games such as cricket, hockey and football and individual sports such as swimming, athletics and tennis at inter-house and inter-school level. There are opportunities to compete in area competitions of the Independent Schools Association and county championships.
Making music is an important part of life in the Junior School. All classes have a weekly lesson, and boys are able to join the choir or take individual lessons in a wide variety of instruments including drums, guitar, recorder, violin, piano, trumpet and voice. Regularly pupils have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience at concerts, assembly and other occasions.
Homework is set throughout the Junior School and this enables pupils to reinforce the day's learning and provides an opportunity to work alone. Parents are kept informed of tasks set by means of a Homework Diary. In addition, teachers are available to see parents at any time, either before or after school.
Classes regularly go on visits to places of interest. These are often related to topics currently being studied but can also become team-building experiences. Every two years a residential trip is organised and all Junior boys have the opportunity to attend.
A variety of extracurricular activities are offered depending on the season as well as study clubs for the Key Stage 2 SATS.
In the Upper School, a full curriculum at Key Stage 3 leads to a wide choice of subjects at Key Stage 4. Work Experience takes place in Year 11. The core GCSE subjects are English, English Literature, Mathematics and Double Award Science. Four further subjects are selected from: Art, Business Studies, French, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Spanish. GCSE results in recent years have been outstanding.
Upper School Curriculum
In the Upper School there are 26 boys in each class. With only one form in each year group, this enables teachers to get to know every pupil very well. Each class has a form tutor who takes a close interest in each boy's progress.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, all pupils study the following subjects:
Personal and Social Development
At the end of Year 9, boys take the Key Stage 3 SAT's tests in English, Mathematics and Science. Advice is given on the selection of subjects which will be chosen for the final two years leading to GCSE.
In Years 10 and 11, all pupils study English, English Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, which will give them five GCSE passes. The remaining four subjects are chosen from Art, ICT, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Physical Education and Spanish.
Throughout the Upper School, the curriculum is enriched by regular visits to art galleries, concerts, museums, theatres, places of historical interest and of religious significance.
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