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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi


Based on the community and family-oriented ethos of Cranleigh School, one of England’s leading independent schools founded in 1865, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi was opened on Saadiyat Island in September 2014, offering residents of Saadiyat the opportunity to provide their children with world-class education.

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s educational philosophy focuses on fostering independent learning, building strong emotional intelligence and encouraging lifelong learners. Alongside its emphasis on academic standards and success, the school concentrates intensely on the individual, allowing students to explore their full range of talents in fine arts, performing arts, music, sports and cultural activities.

Cranleigh is located next to Manarat Al Saadiyat and a short distance from the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the Saadiyat Cultural District – a location that is in keeping with the school’s motto, ‘Ex Cultu Robur’ – From Culture Comes Strength.’ Its beautiful campus spans seven hectares and is designed to accommodate around 1500 students aged from 3 to 18 years in its co-educational Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior schools. The school features age-appropriate classrooms and houses faculty and administration offices as well as two dining halls and libraries. There is a 550 seat auditorium with orchestra pit, a separate 80 seat recital hall with recording studio and a ‘black box’ drama studio as well as extensive art, science, design and music facilities.

Outside, there are excellent sporting and recreational spaces including a large sports hall with separate gymnasium and dance studio, as well as two grass pitches, two swimming pools and a basketball/ netball court.

The school has built a strong reputation both locally and internationally since it opened. It was named New British International School of the Year 2017 in the British International School Awards, and in its Top UAE Schools Award 2017, SchoolsCompared.com named Cranleigh the leading school in Abu Dhabi and runner-up across all of the UAE.

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi was awarded ‘Band A, Very Good’ by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in its inspection for the academic year 2016/17.

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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi at a glance :

  • A beautiful purpose-built campus designed around a real grass ‘village green’ field to create a sense of community and belonging
  • Specialist facilities for music, science, art, design and technology, drama, dance and sports classes
  • Large indoor sports hall which can be used for basketball, football, badminton, gymnastics, fitness, tennis, dance and more
  • State-of-the-art IT facilities
  • 550-seat theatre/auditorium, 80-seat recital hall and ‘black box’ drama studio
  • Two grass pitches and an all-purpose court for tennis, netball, basketball
  • Two swimming pools (10m and 25m)

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  • Cranleigh Abu Dhabi School Video:Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s ‘Beautiful World’ – a film documenting how the school created an opera in five days:

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  • Cranleigh Abu Dhabi’s ‘Beautiful World’ – a film documenting how the school created an opera in five days:

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