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Cransley School was founded in Bowden in 1934 as a girls' preparatory school.

It was decided in 1975, that the school would expand to educate up to the age of sixteen. Between 1975 and 1977 a group of parents and then-Headmistress, Ursula Lunt, began to raise money in order to move the school to larger premises, more suitable to cater for girls in both prep and senior departments. In 1977, Cransley School found its current location, Belmont Hall - a beautiful 18th-Century Grade 1 listed country house.

Since moving to Belmont Hall, the school has undergone further changes.  In 1982, the northwest service wing, which had fallen into disrepair, was demolished and rebuilt in order to create an assembly hall and gymnasium for the school. The new facilities were opened by the Duke of Westminster on March 28th, 1983. Only two years later, in 1985, Cransley School first started educating boys at primary level.

More recently Cransley School has continued to develop and improve as a school. Recent projects have included the refurbishment of the junior wing, junior library, science labs and drama classroom.

In September 2014, Cransley School began welcoming boys aged 11-16 to the Senior School, making Cransley fully co-ed from EYFS to GCSE.

For a history of Belmont Hall, see Belmont: The House That Jack Built, Geoffrey H Buchan (OUTPRINT UK, 1996).