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Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Scholarships Now Open for Applications

For the 2020/21 academic year, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi invites talented students entering Year 7 and above to apply for Academic, Sports, Visual Arts, STEM or Performing Arts scholarships.

Designed to broaden access to the school’s award-winning educational model, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi wants to attract and support talented students who show passion and potential in their chosen field. The school is particularly keen to award scholarships for exceptional candidates wishing to join their Sixth Form (Year 12 applicants).

Selection criteria varies depending on the award, but strong evidence of achievement and potential is essential. Candidates must be currently performing at a high level and able to demonstrate independence of thought, enthusiasm for their area of excellence and a desire to grow and develop.

Michael Wilson, School Principal, goes on to explain: “Scholars set a superior level of performance and expectation for other students to emulate. With that comes the momentum that elevates standards across the curriculum and other areas of school life. This, in turn, creates an exciting ‘can do’ attitude within the community as a whole. We are interested to meet, and bring on board young people, who are ready for the challenge.”

Prachet Poddar, a Year 9 pupil is currently a Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Academic Scholar. He says, Since I have become a scholar, I have started working harder and become more confident. It gives me a constant goal to strive towards, making me persistent and resilient. I have also started participating more in extra-curricular activities as well as academics. I have also enjoyed the added responsibility of giving guidance to aspiring scholars.”

The Cranleigh Abu Dhabi scholarship programme is merit-based. The initiative ensures more pupils have the opportunity to benefit from the calibre and breadth of education offered at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, enabling gifted pupils to fulfil their potential within a professional, supportive framework.

For external applicants, please apply via the online system, with an accompanying email sent to registering interest in applying for a scholarship. Full admissions information must be submitted before progressing with Scholarship applications.

For current Cranleigh Abu Dhabi pupils, please email for information about the internal application process. You can also visit the scholarship page on the school’s website. Applications close at midnight 12th February 2020. 



Opened in September 2014, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is the sister school to the prestigious Cranleigh School in Surrey, UK. The two schools work together closely, sharing the same family-based community ethos and an educational philosophy that focuses on the development of the whole child. Based in Abu Dhabi’s Cultural District on Saadiyat Island just next to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the school offers a British international curriculum. Now in its sixth year with a pupil population of over 1,400 from more than 60 nationalities, spanning FS1 to Year 13, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi was awarded the International School of the Year 2019 at the Tes Independent School Awards, the best for Theatre & Performing Arts by SchoolsCompared and the Red Crescent Charity, School of the Year.


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