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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte




Mr Marcus Cook


Creating the rounded individual is something that many schools pride themselves upon, and The Croft is no exception; the main difference is being how we achieve this! Here, every child is educated as an individual, and fully supported, to challenge themselves to fulfil their potential. All of this is achieved through a wonderfully compassionate and motivational Staff, priding itself on the highest standards of pastoral care and academic excellence.


Every child is afforded an opportunity to succeed, whether that is through Academia, Music, Sport, Drama, Art, or any of the numerous additional activities that are on offer to our pupils. With achievement comes confidence, a fundamental life skill. Pupils feel empowered to face any challenges, believe in their abilities, and become independent learners, striving to make a difference in the ever changing 21st century.


It is my firm belief that, by offering an extension beyond the main syllabus, children can learn values that cannot be gained through the core curriculum. For example, it is my experience that sport promotes sportsmanship, team building, leadership, physical and mental determination. These are the fundamental values that my career in sport has taught me, and it is now my privilege to work with young people to help them gain similar values.


My career path from teaching, to Professional Rugby Player, to Headmaster at The Croft, has been something of an adventure. Not only has it allowed me to fulfil two of my lifetime ambitions, but it has also given me the privileged position, as a parent, to see my two children fulfilling their potential, in what only can be described as an inspirational School.


For many of you, this website will be your first experience of The Croft, and whilst we have tried to illustrate the diversity, opportunity for challenge, supportive and caring ethos that the School prides itself upon, there is nothing like visiting and sampling the unique, welcoming and warm atmosphere for yourself.


I would like to extend an open invitation to you all to come and experience life at The Croft.


Marcus Cook