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The Cranleigh School Newsletter Issue No 40

Cranleigh School, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8QQ Tel: 01483 273666

Summer 2011

Head’s Up MASTERING THE MANDER Dear Parents,

As we look back on this term, there is much to celebrate. There have been the challenges of key examinations, to which almost all pupils rose commendably, some extraordinary team successes in hockey and riding, a highly entertaining Junior Play, The Odyssey, the treat of some wonderful music, including the Summer Concert and the Encore concert, our recent Good Schools Guide awards for Design and History of Art, the outstanding individual achievements of so many pupils in the wider arena – and, of course, the sunshine, encouraging pupils to enjoy the grounds and keeping spirits high to the end. The breadth and quality of the activity this term have closely reflected our belief in the ‘Cranleigh Ethos’ – our conviction that academic success cannot be seen as standalone, it is part of a much bigger picture in which self-discovery and the growth of an individual’s personal commitment in the many spheres of Cranleigh life lead to an inherent self-belief. This in turn enables pupils to believe that they can do it... they can get to the top of the mountain, or play a part in a school play, or sing a solo in front of a packed house, or take the vital wicket and, yes, achieve their full potential in the classroom. It’s an ethos that has stood the test of time – and we believe will continue to do so, as we look towards our 150th anniversary in 2015 and beyond. And so, as we break up for the holidays, we wish all those heading off in search of yet more challenges and discoveries on the various School trips – be they to the Alps or to Australia – safe, rewarding journeys. We wish all those who are leaving us – including, sadly, some particularly longserving members of Common Room this year – a happy and prosperous future, and we wish all our Cranleigh families a wonderful, relaxing summer break. I look forward to catching up with all your news in September!

Guy Waller Head

As Cranleigh launches its first ever Organ Awards, we speak to its new Organist in Residence, Phil Scriven, about his past, his first year at Cranleigh and his hopes for the future development of organ playing at Cranleigh... Phil, tell us a bit about your past... I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents are brass players, so some of my earliest memories are of hearing them play in the local bands, and I gained my love of the organ through listening to my dad play at the local church. My own musical life really began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey when I was nine, and I started to learn the piano and flute at that stage. I gained a music scholarship to Charterhouse, followed by two gap years spent as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and at the Royal Academy of Music. At university I was Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, where I developed my interest in opera and orchestral conducting. I continued to study this for the next five years at the Vienna Musikhochschule and the Juilliard School in New York, and was able to experience a much broader musical scene in those wonderful cities. Upon my return to the UK, I worked for opera companies in London and Cardiff, and became Sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey and later Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral. Following eight years as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lichfield Cathedral, I moved to Cranleigh in 2010 to take up the new post of Organist in Residence, and have very much enjoyed my first year settling into this bustling community and taking up the new challenges the position presents. What attracted you to Cranleigh? Obviously the arrival of the new Mander organ was a big draw! The first time I played it, it felt a bit like Christmas day, unwrapping a much-desired new present. I was also attracted by the strong sense of community that was clearly apparent when I first visited; by the challenge of creating a new role, and helping to shape a new organ department from scratch; and by the implementation of Cranleigh Music 7-18, an innovative and exciting new venture between the Prep and Senior Schools, which offers the opportunity to get younger Prep School pupils involved with the organ. The organ tends to be something that people progress to later on, so it’s fantastic to get them enthused and fired up at an early age. Also, having spent some of my childhood in the area, it was lovely to come back to a campus and village that epitomise leafy Surrey....

Chapel Choir. Taking the Chapel Choir to sing Evensong in my old stomping ground, Windsor Castle was a real treat. And restarting the Chamber Choir, a handselected group of singers now known as “Cranleigh Voices”, together with their beautiful singing for the Advent Carol Service, has definitely provided some wonderful memories this year. What is so special about the John Mander organ? First and foremost, it is the wonderfully crisp, clean and colourful sound that the organ produces. It has a very fine tracker action, and is a superb teaching instrument on which to discover the organ’s many subtleties. This is an instrument with three manuals, thirty-one speaking stops and over two thousand pipes! It is also an amazingly versatile instrument, which plays baroque and classical music fantastically well, but can also perform more romantic and modern repertoire equally well (including the likes of Gershwin, Sousa and excerpts from “The Jungle Book”, which I had to play for someone’s christening recently!). September 2011 sees the launch of the new Organ Awards. What sort of pupil is likely to be given one of these unusual Awards? There will be Awards offered at two different entry points. At 13+ we will be looking for pupils who demonstrate particular talent as organists or as pianists who would like to diversify and take on the different challenges that the organ offers. Candidates should be of at least Grade 5 Organ or Piano standard when applying. At 16+ we are looking for pupils who are already fairly proficient as organists, and who show potential and enthusiasm to take it further after Cranleigh, possibly even as Oxbridge Organ Scholars. Candidates should be of at least Grade 7 Organ standard when applying.

What has been the highlight of your first year?

And what can they aspire to in receiving an Organ Award?

Am I allowed a few?... The opening recitals of the new instrument were very memorable, involving Thomas Trotter (one of the finest organists in the world) and the

The fundamental aim would be to develop their technique at playing the organ and its diverse repertoire through specialist tuition. The Award will also provide the

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opportunity to take a role in the musical life of the Chapel – playing for Chapel services, recitals and other occasions and developing skills in accompaniment of choral and congregational singing and in choral conducting through working closely with the Chapel Choir and Cranleigh Voices. Where applicable, Organ Scholars will be guided in preparation for all aspects of Oxbridge Organ Scholarships, RCO diplomas and auditions for music colleges. Aside from overseeing the launch of the new Organ Awards, what are your other key ambitions at Cranleigh for next year? In celebration of the installation of the Mander organ, I am planning to perform the complete works of Bach in a series of 24 lunchtime recitals and two evening concerts over the course of the 2011/12 academic year. These works are not only the finest body of music ever written for the ‘king of instruments’, but one of the greatest treasures of Western Music. For the evening concerts I will be joined by the Chapel Choir and Cranleigh Voices, for some of Bach’s best-loved choral music. At over twenty hours of music, this is the most substantial single musical project ever undertaken at Cranleigh, which is a really exciting venture for me: an historic event in the musical life of the School and a fitting tribute to such a magnificent instrument. I am also really looking forward to some wonderful opportunities with Cranleigh Voices over the next academic year, including a Remembrance Day performance of the Requiem by John Rutter, accompanied by an orchestra of pupils, staff and local musicians, and a visit to sing Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral. Finally, having been all alone up in the gallery throughout this year, it will be lovely to be joined by some of the pupils, once the gallery support and seating have been completed this summer! Once that has been done, we can then start focussing on fundraising efforts to refurbish the seating arrangements in the main body of the Chapel. Joining a new school, teaching, launching new Awards and practising for a Bach marathon – you are clearly not someone who rests on his laurels! No, I suppose not... I will also be travelling to Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the United States to perform organ recitals in the School holidays – a great opportunity to spread the news with regards to everything going on at Cranleigh, and to bring back new ideas... I am also extremely excited about my (very!) recent appointment as Assistant Conductor and Accompanist of the famed Bach Choir in London, which has been hailed by critics as “probably the finest independent choir in the world”. I will start working with them in September 2011 (alongside my work at Cranleigh), and in my first season will be performing with the choir regularly in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, at the Barbican, at the Proms, and at other venues throughout the capital.

“Present and future generations of pupils and staff at Cranleigh have reason to be most grateful to their generous donor, and admiring of the achievements of the organ builders, whilst the rest of us should look forward to seeing and hearing talented young organists emerging from this part of Surrey.” 2

Organ & Choir magazine For further details on the Organ Awards, including application procedures, please contact the Music Administrator: telephone 01483 542009 or email: For further details on the Bach Concert Series, and for tickets, please email:

GRIFF’S SABBATICAL As outlined by the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mr Anthony Townsend, on Speech Day, Andrew Griffiths will be heading off to New Zealand during the Michaelmas Term, to work on his research in the potential hazard of submarine volcanoes and to visit a number of schools in NZ with whom we have had collaboration in the past. We wish him the very best on his trip, and a safe return in January to take up the mantle of acting Head for a term. In his absence, Tim McConnell-Wood will be stepping up as acting Deputy Head.

PURELY ACADEMIC This has once again been a very busy and demanding term for the pupils in the three Senior years of the School taking external exams at GCSE, AS and A2 Level (and for the Lower Fifth taking their RS ShortCourse GCSE, too). The next stage of the process is of course the publication of the results, and the details for this process are outlined below. A Level and AS results will be available at School for candidates by 10.00am on Thursday 18th August. The results slips will be posted to candidates that afternoon if not already collected. GCSE and IGCSE results are being issued a week later, on Thursday 25th August. As on the previous Thursday, results will be available from School by 10.00am, and will be posted first class on that afternoon if they are not collected. Those who may wish to enquire about re-marks should read carefully the documentation enclosed with the results. Naturally, we wish all our candidates in external exams good luck for Results Day!

SAVE THE DATE The Cranleigh Foundation Christmas Fair, Saturday 12th November – after the success

of last year’s Christmas Fair, please save the date for the 2011 Christmas Fair to be held in the Wyatt Hall at Cranleigh Prep. ALL parents from both the Senior School and the Prep School are most welcome at this extremely popular event, where you will be able to do all your Christmas shopping, with over 60 exhibitors selling a fantastic range of gifts, decorations and festive food – so be sure not to miss out.

The Term in


A selection of highlights from all that has gone on at Cranleigh this Summer Term, intended to give just a taste of Cranleigh life… Please refer to the website/The Cranleighan for a more detailed review of all news and events. Pictures, from left to right, working across: Surrey cycle ride in support of Beyond Cranleigh Helen Wareham Winners Henry Taylor’s pot firing Henry Taylor: U18 England Cap School hockey match Music and Physics lecture on Einstein Design student at work Roc Soc Concert Deep in concentration Girls’ Holland hockey tour team Hockey team in Amsterdam Ready for the Leavers’ Ball Speech Day 2011 Duke of Edinburgh Silver practice Pot-holing on Easter camp Ben Durston, Swimming, Inter-County Championship National Rotary Public Speaking Final, hosted by Cranleigh Easter Camp School cricket match Cake sale Oliver Harris, Helen Wareham Brass winner National riding competition winners National Rotary Public Speaking Final Australia rugby tour 2011 squad Spanish Play Ready for sponsored walk in aid of the Beyond Cranleigh Zambia project Physics trip to Cern Junior Play, The Odyssey Outside the United Nations Enjoying cricket around Jubilee on Speech Day 2011 Summer Concert Red Arrows over Cranleigh, June 18th 2011 House Athletics Radio Interview for Tildy’s Song Mr Stuart Block with his tandem bicycle White-water rafting, Senior Harlech trip House Athletics: shot put Challenge Day with Lebanese guests Visit to the National Student Drama Festival Summer Concert: Rosie Singleton Spot in grounds for quiet reflection Design studios Devizes-to-Westminster Canoe Race 2011 Practising building techniques for Zambia trip Enjoying the Royal Wedding celebrations Girls’ tennis match House Athletics: long jump Roc Soc: Charlotte Bradbrook Pupils on school sponsored walk in aid of Beyond Cranleigh Zambia project Examination time


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This term has seen quite an eclectic mix of ‘Cranleigh firsts’. Some pupils have branched out into the public arena – most notably Alex Knox, who ran in the local elections, and members of the band Easy on the Amoeba, fronted by Alex Tracey (LVth East), which has released ‘Tildy’s Song’ for Tildy Curran on iTunes (please do download it: all proceeds will go directly to Tildy’s Trust, which is dedicated to raising money for research and treatment for childhood leukaemia).

As Cranleigh celebrates a remarkable season, celebrating becoming National Outdoor Hockey Champions at U18 level, National Indoor Finalists, Boarding Schools Cup winners (for the third time in a row), St George’s Sixes winners and National Finalists at U16 level, we go behind the scenes and chat with the U18 Captain, Tom Batchelor. How old were you when you first picked up a hockey stick? Who/what were your first influences? I was probably not quite five when I first started to ‘play’ with a stick, probably due to hanging out at my Dad’s (Steve Batchelor) SJB Academy. Every Sunday, Dad would coach and I went along – and on Wednesday nights, when he trained at Brighton Hockey Club, the goalkeeper used me to warm up! I started having training at Horsham when I was 7-8 years old, with Hugh Jolly, Josh Hughes and Gus Powell (all now in the Cranleigh 1st XI). Do you have any particularly fond early memories? Playing for Horsham, and in particular playing for the U7s in the John Wright tournament, which was great fun: I scored one of my favourite-ever goals, managing to pass three of the opposition in a row by flicking the ball through their legs.

Other pupils have seen unprecedented national performances on the hockey field and in the riding arena (see adjacent interview and Personal Bests section). On the cricket pitch, brothers Jack and Brad Scriven both scored centuries in one match (helping towards a score of 300 for five from 50 overs). We also saw the inaugural girls’ cricket match between the Old Cranleighans and the School, taking place on the St Andrew’s square on Sunday, 19th June.

Moving on to the incredible season you and all the boys in the 1st XI have just had: what have been the foundations for the success that you have had as a team? Teamwork: we really work hard for each other. We’ve established trust and friendship, and there’s always plenty of banter. At the beginning of the season I didn’t know some of the guys coming up, but we’ve all blended together both on and off the pitch. Everyone challenged themselves and each other to lift their performance levels, and going on tour to the Netherlands in December really galvanised the group. What lessons has the team had to learn along the way? Probably the key one is that everyone has his own strengths – which we should try to play to as much as possible. This was a slight problem at the start, but slowly the boys on the team began to believe that they could do it. There was some real brilliance too – James Gall and Jonny Gall have unreal skills: I am in awe. I’ll never forget Jonny dribbling past someone who ended up on his backside: he just couldn’t keep up with him. We also learned to have fun!

In Art, we have seen the first OC Art Exhibition, held in London in collaboration with Cranleigh’s Director of Art Peter McNiven, who also showcased some of his own works. In Drama, we’ve seen the School’s first Spanish Play by Mr Clarke, in which Rosie Peters and her five ‘sons’ gave great performances in what was a very entertaining evening. In Design, key developments have included the arrival of a laser cutting machine and a rapid prototyping machine, giving pupils a major technological advantage in their work. Our annual visit by Lebanese students included a new, very testing Three Day Challenge, involving Cranleigh pupils and the visiting Lebanese students – including a team-building day, an International Political Forum aimed at building negotiation and diplomacy skills, and a Cultural Awareness day.

And finally, of course, there was the Midsummer Ball – Cranleigh’s first-ever joint School and OC social gathering, and an unmitigated success, capped without doubt by an incredible display by the Red Arrows.

We then went on to beat Whitgift, which was undoubtedly the biggest highlight – because we’d lost both our two previous games against them, including the National Indoor Final. To beat them in the one that really mattered was such a good feeling. The penalty shoot-out was amazingly tense – but our players did the job, and it was incredible. What and when was your first major breakthrough onto the scene outside Cranleigh? When did you first do county, regional and national matches? I played for Surrey U13s when I was 12. On the first day I was scared, I felt out of my depth – but over time my confidence grew, and I still keep in touch with quite a few of the boys in the squad. I then went on to play for Surrey U14s and the South Regional side, which I captained: then I was moved up to the U15 South Side and played for the Saxon Tigers in the Futures Cup. Soon after that, I played for U16 England – for which one of my strongest memories is having to share a room with a goalkeeper whom we had put six shots past earlier that day, so that was a little awkward! Finally I joined the top local club, Guildford, playing for their 1st XI. Are there any particular routines that you have had to adhere to strictly in order to be successful at county, regional and national level? In warm-up, it’s really important to do something good – to create a positive memory right from the start. I try to focus on one bit, and do it well. Fitness is also essential – you have to be at your peak. I just try to run and run on the pitch. I also try to go into every game relaxed and looking to enjoy it – that is how I perform at my best level. Is there any advice you would give to younger players? Enjoy it! From this fundamental enjoyment stems practice – even if it’s only with a mini-stick and a ping-pong ball!

What were the highlights for you and the team during the Boarding Schools Cup? Having the first home game in years, the Semi-Finals against Dean Close, when the School could watch. That was an amazingly uplifting experience for us. Also going to the Final at Southgate HC to face Felsted. The experience of winning a high profile game like that was tremendous. We had been able to maintain a 100% record in three years of the competition (including the previous two Finals). It was also amazing for me personally, to have played in all three Boarding Schools Cup finals. What were the highlights for you and the team during the National Indoor competition in January? From the point of view of the team, getting through to the Regional South Finals, and beating Seaford College, who had the European Junior Indoor Player of the Year on their team. We were obviously gutted to then lose to Whitgift on penalty flicks in the final.


What were the highlights for you and the team during the National Outdoor Championships at Cannock in May? Our match against Repton was a massive learning curve. We were 2-0 up and cruising, we took our foot off the pedal a bit, and as a result two scrappy goals were conceded. Luckily, in the last second we scored a winning goal – which demonstrated the determination of the squad. There was a minute left, but the ball was still in our D: instead of settling for the ordinary, we pushed for an extra goal. After we’d won, and qualified for the Final, Richard Organ (justifiably) gave us quite a telling-off for almost letting it go.

What were the highlights for you and the team during the St George’s Sixes in March? Beating last year’s winners, The Perse School, by a margin of 5-1. We were second to them in 2010 and were able to go one step better in 2011 to win the tournament. And watching a wonder goal from James Gall was pretty special.

What has been your most memorable moment so far? There have been so many great moments. If I can choose three: 1. Playing Germany in my first-ever England game. I was so nervous, and believed that the Germans were a machine. In the end we drew 4-4, much better than expected. 2. Playing against Germany in a 4-3 win in the Four Nations Tournament in April 2011 – it could have gone either way. The German U18s were very physical. I scored in the last moments to get a win. Jonny Gall gave me the cross, I deflected it in: it is fantastic playing with him: we just have a very good understanding of each other’s game. 3. The National Finals against Whitgift! On a personal (rather than team) level, it was more relief than joy at first, having lost the U14 Nationals to them and the U18 Indoor Championships. Third time lucky!


What has been the deepest low that you have experienced? Last year, I played too much hockey, and it felt quite repetitive. I wasn’t enjoying it, and thought I’d take a break from it – but it took only a week to realise how much I missed it. Where do you go from here? How do you see your future developing? My main ambition is to play in the U21 England World Cup in 2014 in India. It’s going to be hot! And hopefully Jonny Gall will be with me – though he may well be promoted to Senior level sooner rather than later, probably after 2012.


by Tim McConnell-Wood, Assistant Deputy Head

PERSONAL BESTS This term has again seen some outstanding performances by Cranleigh pupils (individuals and teams) competing or performing at the very highest level, who undoubtedly deserve a special mention: ACADEMIC

National Biology Challenge: four Cranleigh pupils – Joe Hardy, Annabel Thompson, Justin Browning and Nat McAleese-Park – competing against 20,000 students, completed both rounds of the Challenge and achieved Gold Awards.

Summer 2011 has been full of sporting success, with some quite historic performances from the boys and girls, including a number of significant national successes. The 2010 U16 National Hockey winners went the next step by winning the U18 National Outdoor Hockey Championships with a thrilling penalty-flicks victory over Whitgift (with Hugh Jolly scoring and Owen Quant saving the Whitgift stroke). Sadly the U16 side couldn’t make it an unbelievable double, narrowly losing 1-0 in the final of the U16 competition. Tom Batchelor, Jonny and James Gall not only represented England, but were joint captains (Tom and Jonny) of the England U18 side, and James was captain of the U16 side – and all in Cubitt House! In addition, our junior riding team of Briony Pearson (West), Erin McCombe (West), Hattie Allison (South) and Ailsa Wates (Cranleigh Prep) won the British Schools’ Eventing Championships at Stonar in May. Finally, on the last weekend of term, Maddie Austin (West) won Silver at the English Schools’ National Athletics Competition at Gateshead in the 800m, and has been chosen to represent England this summer. In regular School sport the boys’ cricket 1st XI have had a strong summer, including a new record in centuries thanks to outstanding individual performances from Jack Scriven (Loveday), Ollie Davies (Loveday) and Bradley Scriven (Loveday) (though collectively they managed to lose their House match final to East!). They are looking forward with relish to Cricket Week. More boys have been playing senior cricket regularly than for many years, with a strong 4th XI having to rotate the squad to ensure that all players had a game – a real testament to the fun and dedication of the coaching staff. James Corbishley scored a century for the U16s, and the junior sides have had a spirited cricket season. The girls’ 1 st XI lost only to the MCC, and had a notable victory over a strong Wellington side. The tennis club has had a strong season in both the boys’ and girls’ sides. The pick of the crop would be the U14A girls’ team, who have been unbeaten (with first pair Chloë Nicholls and Poppy Bathhurst dropping only one set all term) and Mara Waters in the 1st team, who has not lost a set all season. This swimming season, an incredible 24 girls’ records and 6 boys’ records were broken, with Maddy Austin and Sophie Kinally (West) winning gold in the County Championships. The girls’ Senior side remain unbeaten for two years now, an extraordinary achievement. With another successful year at the Devizes-to-Westminster International Canoe Race, a dedicated golf squad and a myriad of House matches including badminton, croquet and rounders, Cranleigh has been as busy as ever on the sports field.

Karl Popper Debating Championships in Turkey: Mark Czajkowski, Paddy Wilson and Alex Clarke have been selected to represent the UK. ‘Good Schools Guide’ 2011 award for The Best Point Score for girls at an English Independent School taking Design and Technology at GCSE: Cranleigh School Design Department. Furthermore, over half of all students are moving on to either product/industrial design or engineering at university.


ATHLETICS English Schools’ National Athletics Competition: Maddy Austin took Silver in the 800m, and has been selected to represent England this summer.

SWIMMING Surrey representation: Ben Durston (LVIth) represented Surrey in the annual Inter-County Swimming Championships. Results: 100m breaststroke, 3rd; freestyle and medley relay team events, 2nd.

OCs IRB Junior World Championship in Italy: Prop Will Collier (East, 2009) was a member of the England side who finished runners-up to New Zealand.



Record number of centuries for the 1st XI: this summer has seen a record six centuries scored to date by Jack Scriven (3), captain Ollie Davies (2) and Bradley Scriven (1).


Surrey Emerging Players Programme Academy: Jennifer Vincent.



Four Nations Tournament, England U18s: Tom Batchelor, Jonny Gall (joint captains of the U18 England team), with Tom scoring a goal and the team gaining the Silver medal.


Four Nations Tournament, England U16s: James Gall (captain of the U16 England team), with James scoring a goal and the team gaining the Bronze medal.

GRADE 8 in AB Exam, Oboe: Eli Morgan

England U21s v Canada: Jonny Gall and Tom Batchelor.

Junior Royal College of Music essay prize: Chloë Allison

National Outdoor Finals, U18s: Cranleigh took the medal, with outstanding contributions from all members of the squad: Tom Subba-Row, Owen Quant (both goalkeepers), Ollie Davies (Joint Vice-Captain), Josh Hughes, Felix Irwin-Brown, Hugh Jolly, Jonny Pullar, Gus Powell, Alex Thompson, Ed Stokes, James Gall, Jonny Gall (Joint Vice-Captain), Tom Batchelor (Captain), Sanjay Appan, Giles Rozier Pamplin, Ted Croker and Sam Camsey. National Outdoor Finals, U16s: Cranleigh’s U16 team were runners up.

HELEN WAREHAM COMPETITION, BRASS (SENIOR): Winner: Oliver Harris GRADE 8 in AB Exam, Harp: Rowan Von Sprekelsen World premiere of John Taveners ‘Towards Silence’ at Salisbury Cathedral: Louisa Golden

DRAMA The cast, crew, Director (Miss Nikki Lockwood), technical team and stage designers/painters of the Junior Play, The Odyssey, should all be credited for their outstanding efforts in producing “one of the best Junior plays since I have been here”, in the words of Mr Griffiths – please do take a look at PJL’s extended review on the Cranleigh School website.



England U18s: Henry Taylor (LVIth) has become the fourth Cranleigh School rugby player in three years to represent England U18s, even though he is still U17.

75 pupils will be taking up the Duke of Edinburgh challenge at the end of this term.

RIDING British Schools’ Eventing Championships, Stonar: the junior riding team of Briony Pearson (West), Erin McCombe (West), Hattie Allison (South) and Ailsa Wates (Cranleigh Prep) took the title. St Leonards-Mayfield Inter Schools One Day Eventing: the Cranleigh team of Holly Partridge (West); Caileigh Faure (South); Hattie Allison (South) and Amelia Adorian (Cranleigh Prep) won the Novice Section Schools’ Winter National Championships: Cranleigh have now qualified teams for Arena Eventing, Show Jumping and the Dressage, following their successes at this term’s qualifying events

CHARITY In support of the forthcoming ‘Beyond Cranleigh’ trip to Zambia, six Cranleigh pupils – Ben Allon-Smith, Chris Lehrter, Harvey Cullis, Ali Craig, Ollie Davies and Ross Preston – cycled 100km around some of Surrey’s toughest hills, joined by ARH and SAAB and a couple of boys from St John’s School, Leatherhead. Archie Clarke, Jamie Harrison and Tom Gudgeon’s headshave for Tildy’s Trust ( raised £2,500. The School sponsored walk on Sunday 1st May, involving 340 members of the Cranleigh Community, has raised £28,000 so far for the new community school in Zambia.

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CREATIVE CORNER As the Good Schools Guide awards Cranleigh’s Design Department the Award for The Best Point Score for Girls at an English Independent School taking Design and Technology at GCSE, we showcase some of the key production processes, and resulting products, undertaken in the Department this year...


An indoor pool – a plunge bath – was constructed in 1885 in what is now the Music School. Older boys were expected to bathe in it, despite it being necessary to break the ice at times in the winter.

FLYING COLOURS Well done to the following, who have been awarded their School Colours this term: Cricket:

Ollie Davies Jack Scriven

Tennis :

Natasha Fothergill-Misbah, Chrissie Hoolahan, Alex Knox, Jonny Pullar, Giles Rozier-Pamplin, Mara Waters


Sam McCagherty


James Boyle


Ben Monks



The musical highlight of the Summer Term is always the Helen Wareham Competition Grand Final, followed by the black-tie ‘Encore’ concert, in which this year the winners and invited performers – Chloë Allison and Tom Hollister – played again on Friday 20th May. Adjudicator Professor Mark Wildman was clearly blown away by the sheer quality of all the finalists, not just the winners: the finalists being Ellie Ayling, who sang ‘Quando m’en vo’ by Puccini with phenomenal conviction; Giles Rozier-Pamplin on saxophone; Oliver Harris for his forthright trumpeting; Sam McCagherty for a masterful reading of Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro for violin; and Hebe Westcott for a wonderfully artistic rendering of a Brahms piano intermezzo. The competition was testimony to the sheer quality of the School’s performers – and likewise it was testimony to the energy and breadth of Cranleigh’s Music Department and their pupils that this year’s Summer Concert had ended at five minutes past ten with nearly twenty substantial movements on the programme. A particular highlight was the Big Band, with Bob Wilson handing the baton to Eddie ‘Big Bird’ Hamilton in the theme from ‘Sesame Street’ and Rosie Singleton singing ‘Sunny Side of the Street’. The most heart-warming music-making of all, however, came from the McCagherty brothers: violinist Sam and oboist Harry in a Bach double concerto.

Another special treat was the welcome return to Cranleigh by Jocelyn Waller, one of the finest pianists the School has produced in recent years, with her regular duet partner Benjamin Charlston. The sheer pleasure these young pianists took in making music was nowhere more ebullient than in the final ‘Le bal’ from Bizet’s ‘Jeux d’Enfants’, which was deservedly encored. The Junior Play is not just about stars of the future: many of this year’s actors are already stars. Nikki Lockwood’s rollicking, uproarious production of Hattie

Naylor’s ‘The Odyssey’ provided a myriad of delights for its audience. At the centre was Ollie Clarke’s crafty Odysseus and Tilda Martin’s memorable Circe; Freddie Banks’s wonderfully square Eurolychus; Isie Marcar’s resolute Penelope; Grace Lent’s Athene; Dalvyn Hayden’s Zeus; Fin Johnston’s Mercury and Rory Weyman’s vengeful Poseidon were just some of the most divine performances. Odysseus’s final reunion with his wife, his son Telemachus (Weston Lord) and father Laertes (James Doherty) produced sensitive, mature acting that almost makes us want to reconsider the ‘Junior Play’ label.

Finally, in the last week of term, the Lower Sixth Spanish set, directed by Jimena Clarke, premièred with both linguistic and artistic flair Head of Spanish Robert Clarke’s ‘La Casa de Bernarda Alba: La Continuación’. This was a skilful and amusing re-working of the Lorca classic for the present day, in which a widowed mother confronts the problem of what to do with five children who, far from yearning for unattainable freedom under a ruthlessly oppressive regime, see no reason at all to leave the comforts of home.


The Foundation’s work has continued apace this term, resulting in further work on the organ gallery in the Chapel this summer; the seeding of Bluett’s and its adjacent rugby pitch; the funding of a new cricket ‘bubble’ as part of its School-Community project work, and the support of a third Foundationer to start at the Prep School in September 2011. The highlight of the Trustees’ extraordinary efforts, however, was of course the Midsummer Ball – the first partnership event between the Foundation, the OC Society and the School in Cranleigh’s history. A Red Arrows display, a star-spangled marquee, delicious catering by Cottage Caterers with Rhubarb, humorous hosting by Angus Deayton, an outstanding auction and some exuberant dancing among the 600 guests all combined on the night to create one of the most memorable social events ever held at the School. Sincere congratulations and thanks go to all of the Trustees and parents who worked so tirelessly on the Ball, lead by Lulu Hampson, Belinda Graham-Rack and Chairman Rick Johnson. And we look forward with eager anticipation to the next one! If you would like to purchase any photos from this fantastic evening, please visit:

GOOD LUCK IN THE HOLIDAYS TO ALL THOSE VISITING, TOURING OR COMPETING IN THE: First of the ‘Beyond Cranleigh’ trips to Zambia Senior Rugby Tour to Singapore and Australia British Eventing SE Qualifier, Tweseldown CCF Summer Camp, Crowborough The Open Golf Championships, Royal St George’s Senior Rugby Tour to Australia All England Schools Summer Show Jumping Championships, Hickstead D of E Gold Expedition, French Alps Girls’ Hockey 1st XI Tour to Holland Good luck also to the four Cranleigh pupils – Ben Allon-Smith, Chris Lehrter, Harvey Cullis and Ali Craig – cycling from Cranleigh to Rome to raise money for the Beyond Cranleigh Zambia project. And finally to Mr Block, as he sets off on his epic journey from Johannesburg to the London Olympics..!

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FOND FAREWELLS TO… Neil and Susie Bennett, who have for many years been an absolutely integral part of the Cranleigh School community. Not only have they been close work colleagues to so many within Cranleigh, but, more importantly, great friends to us all. They have given so much support and advice over the years to both younger and older members of the Common Room, which I am sure many of us will remember for years to come. One such pearl of wisdom Neil once gave me, which I still use to this day, is ‘The Paper Trick’. Neil said to me one day, “Always carry a piece of paper in your hand while walking around the campus, so colleagues will always think you are busy!” Both Neil and Susie have worked in so many areas of the School – be it the Maths and English departments, being Assistant Housemaster in Cubitt and Housemistress in South, running the 1st XV rugby and 1st VII netball teams or just providing great banter in the Common Room bar over so many years – that it is impossible to imagine Cranleigh without their friendly faces and upbeat good humour. We wish them the very best in their retirement, and have no doubt that they will bring a breath of fresh air to their new home in Norfolk. Alice Claydon, teacher of Physics and Chemistry, who leaves us to return to charity work in Oxford. Alice’s creativity and enthusiasm for her subjects inspired all those who taught alongside her, as well as the students in her care. She set extremely high standards in the classroom and her involvement elsewhere in the school ranged from taking Oxbridge groups to being in charge of cross-country and running an activity in jewellery making (she is a trained silversmith)! Her professionalism will be sorely missed by both departments. Frank Hardee, Politics and Economics Teacher and Tutor in North, who is moving to South Korea to teach at the new North London Collegiate Jeju School. His passion for politics will be missed by pupils and colleagues alike, alongside the enthusiasm that he has brought to everything that he has done at Cranleigh, whether organising Model UN Days or coaching Cranleigh’s finest rounders players. He leaves a tremendous legacy in the fields of debating and public speaking, and has left strict instructions that House croquet must continue as an annual event. We wish him every success in his ‘Korea move’. Sam Harrod Booth, who joined the Maths department only in September 2010, but very made her mark. The department quickly grew to realise that, never backwards in coming forwards, Sam was a straight shooter and frank with her views. The department grew to love her, not just for her quick remarks, but also for her homemade cakes! She is an excellent teacher, inspiring both young and older pupils, and one that will be sorely missed in the department. She is also a Tutor in West and made a huge impact on her tutees in no time at all. She is moving on to bigger and better things, and we would like to wish Sam all the best for her new position as Head of Maths at Tormead. Damian Henderson, Head of Modern Languages and Assistant Director of Studies, leaves us after just one year. His passion for teaching and for the process of learning was apparent to all who worked with him. This came across in his teaching, but also in his work within the boarding house, where he was equally keen to help the House Staff build pastoral systems that helped the pupils to succeed. Like all good schoolmasters, he was also adept in many facets of school life – whether on the sports pitch, or in just engaging with pupils about their interests. Felix Hill, who joined us for two terms, teaching mathematics, tutoring and providing extremely proficient support in the IT department. A very fine mathematician, he took to teaching superbly, with his infectious enthusiasm for the subject


...and finally, Cranleigh Staff would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer break

striking a chord with the pupils. He is also a modest yet highly talented sportsman, throwing himself into this side of Cranleigh life. In the Summer Term he impressed us all with his organisational skills with regard to the Lebanese visit. Felix is moving on to start a PhD in Cognitive Science and we all wish him every success. Alan Smith, Master of the Scholars, one-time Head of Spanish, Head of Critical Thinking, Editor of ‘The Cranleighan’ for 25 issues, Ephor ever after, Chairman of Schools’ Challenge, finally, after 38 years at Cranleigh, flies away to begin a well-earned retirement in a penthouse flat in Oxford. Words are inadequate when one attempts to pay due homage to the immense contribution Alan has made to Cranleigh’s life since he joined us, straight from Cambridge, to teach Spanish in 1973. Frequently in the forefront of events and activities, working tirelessly in the background (we won’t know what he actually did until it isn’t done the next time around…), Alan has proved indispensible to three Headmasters, many Governors (he’s Secretary to the Education Committee) and has been a generous friend and host to innumerable members of the Common Room. His style is unique and, as the Head said at one of the many ‘celebrations’ of Alan’s departure, “After they made him they threw away the mould”. Perhaps he will be remembered for the development of the Purvis Society and its wide range of distinguished speakers, perhaps for his brilliant after-dinner speeches, or will it be for his mastery of the pun? Whatever it is, Vulture, we wish you the very best for the future. Fergus Wilson, Warden of Cubitt and former Deputy Housemaster of East, who is promoted to the post of Housemaster at Milton Abbey School in Dorset after 10 years at Cranleigh. Fergus will be remembered for his boyish enthusiasm in so many fields of Cranleigh life; as an inspirational Biology teacher, CCF Officer (and Head Fireman), Chairman of Common Room and on the sports fields, most notably as a very successful Head of Athletics. Mostly he will be remembered by former East boys and his other tutees as “Uncle Ferg”: totally on their wavelength, giving encouragement, advice, correction and support to all with whom he came into contact. He and his family will be missed indeed by the Cranleigh Community and we wish them well. 


A quick-glance round-up of some key events (in-school and out) to which parents are warmly invited – or at which their support would be, as ever, extremely welcome! Fri 2 Sept

4.00pm Rugby: 1st XV v Guildford U19s (home)

Sat 10 Sept

2.30pm Rugby: 1st XV v Brighton (away) 2.00pm Girls’ Hockey 1st XI v Reed’s (away)

Sun 11 Sept 8.15pm Informal Chapel: Mr Jonathan Aitken (Speech Hall) (Reception at 7.30pm in Reading Room) Fri 16 Sept

7.30pm Senior Music Scholars’ Concert (MMS)

Wed 21 Sept 7.30pm Concert Series: The Band of the Scots Guards (SH) Fri 23 Sept

7.30pm Junior Music Scholars’ Concert (MMS)

Sat 24 Sept

7.45pm Big Band Supper Dance (Emms Centre)

Sun 25 Sept 6.00pm Zambia Trip Parents’ Briefing (MMS) Fri 30 Sept

7.30pm Parents’ and CR Prayer Supper (Jubilee Memorial Pavilion)

Sat 1 Oct

2.30pm Rugby: 1st XV v Marlborough (home) 3.30pm Girls’ Hockey 1st XI v Hurstpierpoint (home)

Wed 5 Oct

7.30pm Opening Concert: Bach Complete Organ Works (Chapel)

Wed 5 – Fri 7 Oct

7.30pm Sixth Form Play: ‘Ghosts’ (VCT)

Tue 18 Oct – 7.30pm East House Plays: ‘To Walk a Thu 20 Oct Mile’;’Trammel’ (VCT)

Veronica Harrison, who retires as the School’s Librarian at the end of term after twenty very successful and full years. For the last eight years she has also taught History of Art to the Sixth Form with a real sense of personal enthusiasm.  Veronica, as you would expect, has always shown herself passionate about books and learning and her charm and sense of humour have inspired generations of Cranleigh pupils. She has helped stir many an academic appetite or guide many an individual pupil towards an interest which has become enduring for that pupil; and in a quiet and calm way she has offered to hundreds a kind of unofficial pastoral support to many of those Cranleighans who gravitated towards the Library as one of their favourite areas of the School. It was a favourite area for many precisely because of Veronica’s presence. Her protection of the Reading Room as a place of learning has remained undiminished over her tenure as Librarian, and so has that twinkle in her eyes and smile on her face. Veronica will be missed and we wish her every happiness in retirement. 

Wed 19 Oct

7.30pm Concert Series: Violin/Piano Recital (MMS)

Sat 5 Nov

2.30pm Rugby: 1st XV v Tonbridge (away)

Wed 9 Nov

7.30pm Helen Wareham Competition: Pat Dixon Woodwind Performance (MMS)

Fri 11 Nov

7.30pm Music for Remembrance: Rutter ‘Requiem’ (Chapel)

Christine Fairhurst, who retires at the end of term after nearly 30 years at Cranleigh. She has run the payroll for most of her time here and we are all indebted for the diligent and detailed way that she has tackled the multitude of regulations she has had to contend with in getting her job done. Her cheerful yet thoughtful approach to life will be missed and we wish her all the very best for a happy retirement. I am sure that family commitments will ensure that she remains busy for many years to come.


Tue 15 Nov – 7.30pm School Play: ‘A Midsummer Fri 18 Nov Night’s Dream’ (SH) Wed 23 Nov

7.30pm Helen Wareham Competition: Brass Performance (MMS)

Thu 24 Nov

2.30pm Rugby: 1st XV v Wellington (home) 3.15pm Girls’ Hockey 1st XI v Wellington (away)

Fri 2 Dec

7.30pm Christmas Concert (SH)

Sat 3 Dec

2.30pm Rugby: 1st XV v Old Cranleighans (home) 3.30pm Girls’ Hockey 1st XI v Bradfield (home)


8.30pm Tom Avery Society Lecture – Lewis Pugh: ‘Achieving the Impossible’ (ALT)

N.B. Some events do require tickets. For full details of all of next term’s events, including individual teams’ sporting fixtures, please refer to the School Calendar and to the Events Guide (also available online at

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