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The Croft Preparatory School

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'One book, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.' Malala Yousafzai

Class Organisation

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left: Alison Webber (Early Years Manager)  right: Angela Thompson (Early Years Deputy Manager for Little Crofters)


Early Years Manager - 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.  


Early Years Deputy Manager for Little Crofters - 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.  


Early Years Deputy Manager for Reception - 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.  She is also a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader.



Little Crofters 'Butterflies'

Children may join the 'Butterflies' key group from the day of their third birthday.  An individually tailored induction programme, ensures a smooth transition for children from home to school.  Children attend a minimum of two morning sessions and benefit from a variety of child-initiated and adult-led experiences. 


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

Children move into our Pre-school classroom for the academic year of their 4th Birthday and attend 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.



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