Welcome from the Principal
Cranleigh - Abu Dhabi

Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, a forward-thinking school that embodies a rich history, a vibrant culture, and a passionate commitment to educational excellence.

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi holds a special place in the world of education. Our roots can be traced back to the acclaimed Cranleigh School in the United Kingdom, founded over a century ago.

Since our establishment in Abu Dhabi in 2014, we have preserved our Cranleigh core values and ethos while embracing the cultural richness and diversity of the UAE.

This blend of diversity and educational heritage, combined with the best pedagogic and current educational thinking, creates a truly transformational experience in which intellectual, artistic, sporting, social and moral development is at its core.

‘Ex Cultu Robur’ (From Culture Comes Strength) is our motto and guiding principle. Education is more than just passing exams; it is about nurturing and encouraging young people to become curious, creative, and confident, who have the right skills to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world and can contribute positively to society. 

Central to our ethos is establishing individual confidence by prioritising an innovative curriculum, teaching critical thinking and empathy rather than teaching to the test. We take pride in creating an environment where our pupils can find a sense of self and build meaningful connections with others.

Therefore, our skills-based curriculum is built around a robust academic timetable that gives equal importance to enrichment and co-curricular. Whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in the performance studios or creative spaces, our aim is to foster pupils with a sense of confidence so every individual can find their brilliance, talents and passions. Cranleigh is not just a place of learning but a community of individuals who support and encourage one another to grow, excel and give back.

Our vision is ambitious. Our academic results are among the best in the UAE, our sports teams are competitive, and our creative arts have earned us international recognition, but we are proudly a school where children of all abilities flourish.

As Principal, I am privileged to be part of this happy and inclusive School Community as we celebrate the many inspiring cultures and perspectives that shape and colour our learning. In today's globalised world, adaptability, resilience, and intercultural understanding are essential. By stimulating a global mindset and preparing our pupils to think beyond borders, we equip our students to become leaders and influencers in an interconnected world.

I hope you enjoy looking through our website and that you come for a visit and see for yourself what fantastic journeys of discovery are open to your children.

Best wishes,

Tracy Crowder-Cloe
Principal, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

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