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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte


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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 Head


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 Terry Titchener
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – Mr Liam 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.