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The Croft Preparatory School

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Meet the Staff & Class Organisation

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Mrs Alison Webber BA (Hons) QTS EYPS

Mrs Alison Webber is the Early Years Manager. An experienced Primary Teacher with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), Mrs Webber gained EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) which focuses on the 0-5 age group, in 2010.  In addition to being a former 'Industry Advisor' for Warwickshire College's Early Years courses, Mrs Webber has also previously mentored a number of Early Years Teacher students from Worcester University.  Mrs Webber teaches across Little Crofters and Pre-school.


Miss Angela Thompson BTeach (ECE) EYPS

Miss Angela Thompson is the Deputy Early Years Manager with responsibility for Little Crofters and Little Crofters Pre-school. She has a wealth of experience leading Nursery settings and gained her EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) in 2009.  Miss Thompson teaches across Little Crofters and Pre-school.


Mrs Gemma Marchington BA (Hons) EYPS  (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Mrs Gemma Marchington is the Deputy Early Years Manager with responsibility for Reception.  She is an experienced Teacher of 0-5 year olds, and gained her EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) qualification in 2010. Mrs Marchington works as a Reception Class Teacher.  She is also a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader.


Class Organisation


Little Crofters 'Butterflies'

Children may enter the Little Crofters 'Butterflies' key group from the day of their third birthday. Miss Alex Sievier, our Parent Partnership Leader, ensures a smooth transition for children from home to school in conjunction with Mr Oliver Harrison (Level 5).


Little Crofters 'Butterflies' children attend a minimum of two morning sessions and benefit from a variety of child-led and adult-led experiences. 


Mrs Shirley-Anne Lilley (Level 3) and Mrs Sally-Anne Sowter (Level 2) are part time Early Years Assistants who also work in Little Crofters with our youngest children.


Pre-school 'Frogs', 'Ducks' and 'Rabbits'

Children move into our Pre-school classroom from the September of the academic year of their 4th Birthday. Children attend Pre-school for a minimum of five morning sessions. Parents can opt their child into as many, or as few afternoon sessions as they require.


Pre-school children are divided into three key groups - Frogs, Ducks and Rabbits, with each key group being led by an Early Years Teacher - Mrs Alison Webber, Miss Angela Thompson and Miss Caroline Beale respectively.


Mrs Charlotte Garne (Level 6), Mrs Hannah Harris (Level 3), Mrs Linda Harris (Level 3), Mrs Caroline Hudson (Level 3) and Miss Deborah Roche (Level 2) are part time Pre-school staff.



Children enter Reception in the September of statutory schooling, where the maximum class size is twenty children.  Each class is assigned an Early Years Teacher and an Early Years Assistant. 


Classes are taught by qualified teachers – Mrs Denise Austin/Mrs Charlotte Garne and Mrs Louise Livingstone-Jones.  Reception classes are supported by full-time assistants - Mrs Olivia Davies (Level 3) and Miss Ginny Ranson (Level 3).