About Us

Cranleigh UK opened its doors in 1865 with the purpose of providing the local Surrey community with a first class, all-round education. The UK Prep School celebrated its centenary in 2013 and the Senior School celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi opened its doors in September 2014 with similar aims of supporting the establishing Saadiyat Island community.

From 2011 to 2014, teams from Abu Dhabi and Cranleigh UK worked closely to capture the essence of what Cranleigh is. The aim was to translate it into a community which combines the best of British education with a strong flavour of Abu Dhabi, Emirati culture and the cosmopolitan nature of the city. Today the school is thriving. With more than 1300 pupils, a top rating from the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), and the title of Tes Independent School Award’s 2019 International School of the Year, we could not be more proud.


Cranleigh Abu Dhabi was also shortlisted for five different categories by SchoolsCompared.com, including British School of the Year; Best New School; Best for Sport; Best for Music; and Best for Theatre & the Performing Arts, and The GESS Awards have shortlisted the school for the 2019 Best Initiative for Inclusion and Wellbeing, which recognises institutions that have been able to demonstrate a positive impact within their school through different inclusion and wellbeing initiatives. 


We have tried to give as clear a view as possible of what Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is like in the pages of this website and we want you to feel what it is that makes our school, and the way we educate children, so special. Please also take the time to follow the links to Cranleigh Prep and Cranleigh School websites to give you a flavour of the entire Cranleigh family. We also invite you to come and visit us to experience first hand why our children are so happy to come to school. To book a tour, please email the Admissions team.