EDUCATION – Enhancing and developing sport at school

Cranleigh Prep School boasts enviable sporting facilities amid stunning surroundings.

Cranleigh Prep School boasts enviable sporting facilities amid stunning surroundings.

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Summer 12 issue.

Cranleigh Prep School

Set in the idyllic countryside, Cranleigh Prep School boasts enviable sporting facilities amid stunning surroundings. Our extensive grounds feature a full size artificial hockey pitch (used for tennis in the summer), 4 cricket squares, 3 tennis courts, 2 netball courts, 9 rugby/football pitches, a state-of-the-art 5 a-side football pitch and rounders pitches.

In addition to our own first rate provision for sports, we have exclusive daily use of Cranleigh School’s outstanding facilities including 3 artificial hockey pitches, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, a sports hall complex, a challenging 9 hole golf course, an indoor cricket school, squash and Eton fives courts, an outward bound centre with an indoor climbing wall and stables with a riding school. Coupled with enthusiastic and experienced teaching staff, the children are provided with every opportunity to fulfil their potential in the sporting arena.

Our sport is run under the umbrella of Cranleigh Sport 7-18. The coaching of the major sports at both Cranleigh Prep School and Cranleigh School is controlled by highly qualified specialist coaches who design the sports programmes, train and support members of the Common Room and look after our elite athletes. Talented youngsters at the Prep School have the opportunity to train with their Cranleigh School counterparts along with other talented boys/girls from the local area. The Cranleigh Sport 7-18 initiative, introduced in 2010-11, will undoubtedly enhance Cranleigh’s already well known reputation for sporting excellence.

Our girls’ hockey teams have been National IAPS hampions twice in the last three years and in the Lent Term 2012 five of our teams qualified for IAPS National Finals. Our girls have been National IAPS Golf Champions three times in the last five years. Recently former pupil Stuart Meaker won his first cap for the England One Day Cricket team and three Old Cranleighans have played 1st Class rugby for Harlequins RFC this season.

Every pupil has a daily session of games, with fixtures played on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, against a network of local and regional schools. Up to twenty-five teams, from all age groups, and including A, B, C, D and even E and F teams if required, may play on any one afternoon, allowing maximum opportunity for pupils to represent the school. Although the majority of matches are local, on occasion we travel further in order to meet appropriate opposition. Our top teams enter county, regional and national competitions in the major sports and we host many tournaments ranging from the ‘Festival’ style events, for the younger age groups, to county and even regional finals for the older teams.

The major games for boys are rugby, football, hockey and cricket, while the girls’ main sports are hockey, netball, and rounders, along with an introduction

to lacrosse and cricket. In addition, swimming, athletics and tennis are offered to all children. Squad training for swimming (and athletics in the summer term) is held after school on a regular basis. As well as our mainstream games, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of sports activities to cater for all interests including archery, climbing, Eton Fives, golf, gymnastics, horse riding, judo, orienteering, and squash.

For further information please contact Fiona Bundock, telephone 01483 542051 or email

Horseshoe Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8QH
T: 01483 542 051

Parkside School has an enviable sporting reputation at local, county and national level.

Parkside School has an enviable sporting reputation at local, county and national level.

Parkside School

Parkside is a long established and popular preparatory school for boys in Cobham, with pre-preparatory department and co-educational nursery. Throughout the school the warm and friendly atmosphere creates ideal conditions to develop each child’s potential through a broad-based curriculum and a wide range of sports, after-school activities, outings, and both sporting and

cultural trips. Pupils benefit from exceptional facilities enhanced by a continuous programme of investment which, most recently, has seen the opening of a new library, music department, art studio and second IT suite.

The school has an enviable academic record throughout, and last year’s leavers not only all successfully gained Common Entrance passes to their first choice of senior school but also attained 86% overall in A and B grades!

Music also plays an important role in the school, and all boys have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument or join the school choir. There are many concerts held throughout the year which enable the boys to showcase their talents, and many instrumentalists are invited to join the Jazz Orchestra and Big Band in their more senior years.

Parkside School has an enviable sporting reputation at local, county and national level. Facilities for sport are excellent with extensive on-site playing fields, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and sports hall. The school’s philosophy is very much “Sport for All” with all boys representing school teams on a regular basis.

The main sports played are football, hockey and cricket but boys also have the opportunity to take part in swimming, athletics, tennis, golf, judo, kayaking, archery and many others.

Although a relatively small prep school, Parkside can boast a number of county championships in a variety of sports, compete regularly in National Finals, and are indeed proud to have won the IAPS National Soccer Sixes on two occasions.

A squad of 16 boys took part in the school’s 7th Sports Tour of the Caribbean during the Easter holidays this year. The boys played cricket at the Test Match Stadium in Antigua recording an excellent victory over Antigua Grammar School. Whilst in Barbados, the boys, representing England, lifted the Barbados Soccer Cup with a 1-0 victory in the Final played at the National Stadium!

Sport continues to thrive at Parkside with all boys keen to be involved in the many opportunities on offer. The school looks forward to maintaining its traditions and all round successes in the years ahead.

The Manor,  Stoke D’Abernon,  KT11 3PX
T: 01932 862749 F: 01932 860251