Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College

Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College
Motto It Is Our Business to Succeed
Established 1967
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Mrs Betty Elkins
Specialism Business and Enterprise College
Location Wessex Close
RG21 3NP
Local authority Hampshire
DfE URN 116432
Ofsted Reports
Staff 70
Students 665 out of 1300 Places
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Navy blue and white, light blue, black             

Coordinates: 51°15′20″N 1°06′00″W / 51.25545°N 1.09989°W / 51.25545; -1.09989

Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College is a large co-educational secondary school in Basingstoke, northern Hampshire, England. The school caters for those in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, between the ages of 11 and 16. The school follows the National Curriculum, and is a specialist business and enterprise college.



Cranbourne was founded in 1967 as a bilateral school on the site of a former nursery. It became a comprehensive in 1971[1] and then Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College in September 2004.[2] Cranbourne or CBEC is now one of two Business and Enterprise Colleges in the whole of Hampshire. It has generally achieved satisfactory Ofsted reports in past years. Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College has scola buildings designed to last for 20 years . Much of it has been refurbished and it became the first Business and Enterprise college in Hampshire in 2004.


The school is separated into 9 blocks - A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and M. It also has a small swimming pool. CBEC buildings include a 3-story Science block (C block). All blocks are undergoing refurbishment with support from Hampshire County Council. Builders are refurbishing the outer walls and windows of all blocks, at an estimated cost of £500,000.[3]

The school is now run by Mrs Betty Elkins. She became headteacher in Easter 2006. Her previous school was Crestwood Business and Enterprise College. The previous headteacher was Ann Morrison.

Cranbourne has had a drop in pupil numbers from 1250 in September 2004 to 830 in May 2009, then 110 Year 7s joining in September 2009.


School GCSE results can be found at []. Percentage of A*-C has increased over the last few years and last year it achieved its best results with 64% GCSEs A*-C. Current Year 11s are predicted to get 67%-70% GCSE A*-Cs.

5 + A*-C at GCSE

  • 2005: 56%
  • 2006: 56%
  • 2007: 56%
  • 2008: 64%
  • 2009: 69%
  • 2010: 73%
  • 2011: 82%


The school teaches Drama, English, French, Science, ICT, Business Studies, Music, Spanish, RS, History, Geography, Art, Key Skills, PE, Maths and Technology.

Along with the above, for students in Key Stage 4 the school also offers Media Studies, Health and Social Care, Health and Beauty and others with links with nearby secondary schools.

Some students are also offered to do extra courses through links with Queen Mary's College, a local college.

Performing arts

For years the school has regularly performed a summer musical. These include:

The fire of 2009

On 11 June 2009, a fire broke out in the upper floor of G block (the art and geography block). The fire damaged three classrooms, including the main Art classroom.

After invesigatiom it was found that the incident was caused by sunlight reflecting off a mirror in a storage cupboard. The fire started after school hours had ended and nobody was hurt in the incident. The block re-opened as usual in November 2009.

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