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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte


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

Curriculum Strategy

The Staffing Structure


The staffing structure is designed to improve educational outcomes for children through a progressive dynamic curriculum, clear communication lines between home and school, as well as providing improved career progression opportunities for teaching staff.  It will also enable The Croft to maintain its excellent ISI accreditations under the new inspection framework.


Assistant Heads


The structure includes two roles, Assistant Head Academic and Assistant Head Pastoral, who report to the Deputy Headmaster.  These senior management roles ensure a greater responsibility for the pupils and deal with parents’ concerns, after following the usual procedure of parents contacting the Class or Form Teacher in the first instance.


Mrs Charlotte Hughes is the Assistant Head Academic and currently leads teacher and LA (Learning Assistant) training and lesson observations, and is responsible for school tracking and moderation. She has experience in a diverse range of activities including dance, athletics, computing, Art, Maths and Drama.


Mr James Ferris is the Assistant Head Pastoral whose responsibilities include KS2 Leader, Maths Subject Leader and Leader of Co-curricular Activities. Mr Ferris is passionate about sport, and coaches in rugby, football and cricket. His interests also include golf and skiing.


Head of Faculties


The responsibilities of Head of Faculties include strategically aligning the subjects within the faculty, whilst overseeing a stimulating curriculum for each aspect. There will be opportunities for enrichment days within each faculty throughout the year and cross-curricular themed activities and topics.


Faculties facilitate an innovative approach to preparatory education and ensure The Croft remains at the forefront of educational initiatives. For example, the Emotional and Physical Development Faculty will ensure pupils' mental health, mindfulness and well-being are intrinsically linked throughout the delivery of the physical education programme. Thus, providing our pupils with the very best experiences of an holistic education.


The Head of Faculties are as follows:


  • Language (English, French, Latin) – Mrs Claire Field
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – Mrs Angela Mills
  • Humanities (Geography, History, RE) – Mr David Coggins
  • Emotional and Physical Development (PSHE, Games, PE) – Mrs Gemma Cook
  • Creative Arts (Music, Drama, Art and Design) – Mrs Rachael Arkell


Learning Assistants


Learning Assistants (LA) focus on the pupils' learning, as the name suggests. The LAs are to be assigned by Ms Louise Anstey, SENDCo, to ensure appropriate support is aligned where the need is greatest to ensure all pupils benefit from the expertise of the staff.