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
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 Website cranbourne.hants.sch.uk
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 and then Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College in September 2004. 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.
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 [schoolsfinder.direct.gov.uk]. 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%
Some students are also offered to do extra courses through links with Queen Mary's College, a local college.
For years the school has regularly performed a summer musical. These include:
- 2009 - 2010 Joseph
- 2008 - 2009 Oliver!
- 2007: Grease
- 2006: Dracula Spectacula
- 2005: Little Shop of Horrors
- 2004: Dazzle
- 2003: Bugsy Malone
- 2002: The Wiz
- 2001 and below unknown by author.
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.
Notable Former Pupils
- Shelley Conn - English Actress
- Joshua Goodall - 3rd best tennis player in Britain
- Alex Thomson - Channel 4 News presenter
- Ben Wright - footballer
The exact details of the below are unknown. If you are able to assist, please do.
- ^ Brown, Robert (2007). "From a nursery to a school". Basingstoke Gazette. http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/search/display.var.1345543.0.from_a_nursery_to_a_school.php. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
- ^ "Enterprise Zone - Launch Day Feb 25th 2005". Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. http://web.archive.org/web/20070705023702/http://www.cranbourne.hants.sch.uk/enterprise/enterprisehome.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
- ^ "Procurement Initiatives, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College". Hampshire County Council. 2006. http://www.hants.gov.uk/decisions/decisions-docs/061003-blcpnl-R0927160837.html. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
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