Cranmore Hall, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4SF
Tel: 01749 881600, email:

Open Morning: Saturday 12 October and Friday 22 November. Visitors welcome at all other times by appointment.

Age of pupils: 3–13 years

Number of pupils: 265 approx

Day fees: Nursery £51.50 per day; Day: £2,800 to £5,450; Boarding: £7,200 to £8,250 per term

The curriculum: Younger children enjoy an exciting, hands-on, thematic-based curriculum including Forest School in the school’s extensive onsite woodland. Further up the school, the children work towards 13+ CE, or academic scholarship. Creativity is embedded within the curriculum throughout the school, equipping the children with the skills to think critically and to work collaboratively, coming up with solutions to complex problems. Opportunities for creative design, art, music, drama and games are outstanding as demonstrated by the children’s success at Year 8. Sport plays an integral role and the school aims to instil a love of taking exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Extra curricular activities: There are extensive opportunities including tennis (LTA academy with links to team Bath), judo, ballet, creative design, speech and drama, and many more.

Pastoral care: Children learn best when they are happy and so first and foremost, the school aims to ensure that their pupils are happy, healthy and well-supported to meet the numerous and varied challenges that their childhood will throw at them. Full, weekly and (the hugely popular) flexi boarding options are available to help parents manage busy lives.

Name of principal: Dr Trevor Richards CPsychol

Outstanding characteristics: With Dr Richards (who is a child psychologist as well as an educationalist) at the helm, the school has a clear vision on how best to support the children and prepare them to thrive at their next schools and in the rapidly changing world in which they will live and work, where creativity and resilience will be key. It is an approach which is proving outstandingly successful with around 65% of Year 8 pupils each year gaining scholarships to their next schools.