Tatler School Schools Guide 2018
‘Difficult to find!’ declared our researcher. But when you do get to the Croft, what a treat. It’s a gem of a prep school, free from airs and graces and full of character and quirks. Head Marcus Cook (‘very nice – and very tall,’ says a pupil) wants his pupils to be able to ‘work collaboratively and be articulate and confident’. Pupils stride on to the Warwickshire grammars, as well as Bromsgrove, Malvern and others – Mr Cook gives shrewd advice on whether children are up to the highly selective grammar-school exams. Lots of sport on the 30-acre site (no Astro); eight former pupils – representing their senior schools – played in the England Rugby Natwest Schools Cup final last year. Music is ‘absolutely amazing’, as is its head of department Mr Shortman, and there’s a large modern theatre. ‘I would recommend The Croft to anyone,’ says our insider.
Tatler School Schools Guide 2017
A motte-and-bailey castle in the schools grounds, a geology museum with over 2,000 exhibits and a train shed with a model railway……we’re delighted with this gently quirky, family owned prep. Head Marcus Cook is a former professional rugby player, so it’s no surprise that the PE department is on the ball: the girls win regional and netball and hockey tournaments and the boys came third in the U9 National Schools Rugby Tournament last year. With the RSC just down the road, drama is big and the ISI inspectors were bowled over by the ‘outstanding’ music, noting that ‘pupils demonstrate maturity in their performance beyond their ages’. Most leavers head on to local day schools, with 114 scholarships in the past four years.