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Senior School

Cranbrook Senior School

Our aim as a school is to create a whole individual within a strong academic framework, to prepare our students to voyage out beyond the comfortable, with courage and confidence.  We value critical thinking and strive to build self-belief for all our students.

Cranbrook’s emphasis is as much about creating strong, solid members of society as academic success.  We equip young men not only to win places at leading universities, but to flourish there.  The qualities we look to instil in all our students are a sense of global mindedness, respect and individuality, the willingness to lead through service and also the importance of striving for excellence at all times. 

We are aiming to renew the School; and it is very significant, timely and important. This plan is to replicate the success of our Junior School renewal, providing continuity of experience across our campuses. We are aiming for the development of potential, and a recognition of each other’s individuality and value, and work to ensure that the Cranbrook philosophy can continue to flourish throughout the years to come.

We know that visiting Cranbrook School is such an important part of many family’s decision-making process around which School is best for their son. We invite you to view our Virtual Open Day video below, which we hope will provide you with an opportunity to gain insights into life inside the Cranbrook Senior School gates and learn more about our culture and educational ethos. 

Our Virtual Open Day includes words from key members of our School's Executive staff and Academic team, as well as the opportunity to hear from our Head Prefect.

IB Middle Years Programme

At Cranbrook we are committed to the vital task of preparing our students to flourish within an increasingly competitive environment.  We also work to encourage young Cranbrookians to make the most of their talents and to discover and relish the joys of intellectual commitment and academic hunger. 

We have therefore chosen to enhance our Middle School years by delivering the Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus, as mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), through the methodology of the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP).  

The MYP provides a rigorous framework that integrates powerfully with local educational requirements.  The Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus requirements are fully-delivered within an MYP content.  It builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed by the IB Primary Years Programme currently being delivered by Cranbrook Pre-schools and Cranbrook Junior School.

As a school it is important that we equip our students with the skill-sets and attitudes for the 21st Century.  The MYP will help us achieve this by encouraging our students to build confidence in managing their own learning, connecting the classroom to the larger world, developing an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

MYP students acquire the knowledge and attitudes that they need as a foundation for the final years of secondary school and beyond.

The curriculum in the Senior School complies with the NSW Board of Studies requirements for students to be awarded the Record of School Achievement after Year 10, and the Higher School Certificate at the end of Year 12. 

Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. 

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit

The House System

The House system is designed to complement classroom pedagogy, specific welfare policies, co-curricular activities, learning support and counselling services to nurture the development of each student.

Houses are vertically structured and provide opportunities for students to mix with each other in formal and informal settings. Older students learn to care for, and encourage and support younger students in cross-age tutor groups and through buddy programmes. Younger students can identify mentors and role models. Tutor groups within the House allow for strong bonds of friendship and support to develop between students of similar and different ages. Houses honour and strengthen their traditions, and celebrate their identity through social gatherings, trivia and cultural evenings, assemblies, Chapel services and participation in inter-House competitions. In this way each student can identify with, and feel connected to, his House.













Senior School Leadership Team

  • Headmaster Nicholas Sampson MA (Cantab)
  • Head of Senior School/Deputy Headmaster Bob Meakin B.Ed Physical Education, B.Ed (Hons) Physical Education, M.Ed Leadership (UNSW)
  • Director of Academics (Deputy Head of Senior School) Nick Jolly BA DipEd, MA MHist
  • Director of Students (Acting) Peter Young BEd, MEd (Leadership), GradCert (Careers Ed & Dev)
  • Director of Curriculum Adrian Harrison BEc Social Sciences (USYD), Grad DipEd (UC), MEd (UTS), MA (UNE)
  • Director of Professional Learning Cathleen Jin BA (UNSW), MTeach (USYD), DML (UNE)
  • Director of Boarding Matthew Banes BA (Hons) Dunelm, QTS Canterbury Christchurch, PGCE Northampton
  • Director of Music Luke Gilmour DMA (USyd), MEdLead (UNSW), GradDipEd (UNE), BMus (USyd)
  • Director of Service Claire Burden BSc (Syd) , Dip Ed
  • Director of Sport Hayden Danks B.Ed (Hons) Human Movement Health Education (USYD), MM Sports Management (UTS)