Cranbrook enables students to fulfill their potential

With today’s students increasingly competing on a global stage, Sydney’s Cranbrook School strives to develop enthusiastic and inquiring learners who possess an international perspective as well as the skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the 21st century.

Accredited to deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) Cranbrook School delivers truly world class education throughout its Pre-Schools, Junior School and Senior School.

Cranbrook School headmaster Nicholas Sampson says Cranbrook’s mission, to enable all students to explore, enjoy and fulfil their potential, is the most important lesson taught to students creating a culture perfectly aligned with the IB educational vision.

“Through the School’s genuine and enduring commitment to creativity, diversity, individuality and a love of the pursuit of excellence, Cranbrook School empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally,” Nicholas says.

“It is our commitment to developing critical and reflective thinkers that has enabled Cranbrook School to readily adopt the educational principles of the International Baccalaureate. Now applied to learning throughout the School, our teachers challenge students to excel in their studies while encouraging personal and academic achievement.”

Nicholas says the application of IB values and principles to learning at Cranbrook had proven to be enormously beneficial to students, as borne out by the exceptional results achieved last year’s Senior School graduates.

“We were thrilled with the academic achievement of last year’s graduating cohort, with three students achieving a perfect ATAR of 99.95 while also enjoying sports, arts and co-curricular success,” Nicholas says.

“Through the combined academic application of our Year 12 students and our dedicated teaching staff, Cranbrook moved from five students achieving 90 per cent or better in 10 or more HSC units in 2016, to 15 students securing a place in the HSC All Round Achievers List in 2018: a remarkable result.

“The spread of these impressive results across the full range of HSC subjects showed the wide range of capability and diversity that makes Cranbrook’s educational offering and student population unique and was testament to how our staff teach to each boy’s strengths.

“Cranbrook’s 2018 achievement of 33rd place on The Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 50 Schools List – a 14-place improvement – was an incredible result.

“While we are justifiably proud of these achievements, we recognise that education is more than about what is taught in the classroom. At the end of their schooling years, it is the capacity to keep learning, coupled with the life lessons we teach, that we wholeheartedly believe prepares students for all that they may encounter in life beyond the school gate.

“Qualities such as empathy, kindness, confidence and consideration are fundamental to an IB education, and sit very much at the heart of all we do at Cranbrook in striving to provide our students the capacity to make the most of every opportunity they seek in the future.”


Cranbrook is also well advanced in its efforts to obtain accreditation to deliver the IB Diploma Programme.

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Cranbrook School was founded in 1918 in order to uphold the great tradition of a liberal educational philosophy, and continues […]

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