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The Croft Preparatory School

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Headmaster's Welcome

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Welcome to a different type of school!


Creating the rounded individual is something that many schools pride themselves upon, and The Croft is no exception; the main difference is being how we achieve this.  Here, every child is educated as an individual, and fully supported, to challenge themselves to fulfil their potential.  All of this is achieved through a wonderfully compassionate and motivational Staff, who deliver the highest standards of pastoral care and academic excellence.


September 2017 saw the start of one of the most ambitious educational transitions in the school’s 85-year history, designed to improve educational outcomes for children through a progressive dynamic curriculum.  Two Assistant Head roles for both Academic and Pastoral have been created. The first oversees and develops the school’s vibrant and exciting curriculum, while the latter has responsibility for ensuring an environment which supports all aspects of a pupil’s life outside the academic sphere. 


Croft pupils therefore benefit from further opportunities within the creative arts, STEM, humanities, languages and emotional and physical development areas of the curriculum. The all-encompassing experience helps pupils to achieve their lifetime goals with confidence and enthusiasm, becoming independent learners and embracing the challenges that pupils of today will face tomorrow.


My career path from teaching, to Professional Rugby Player, to Headmaster at The Croft, has been something of an adventure.  Not only has it allowed me to fulfil two of my lifetime ambitions, but it has also given me the privileged position, as a parent, to see my two children fulfilling their potential, in what only can be described as an inspirational school.


For many of you, this website will be your first experience of The Croft, and whilst we have tried to illustrate the diversity, opportunity for challenge, supportive and caring ethos that the school prides itself upon, there is nothing like visiting and sampling the unique, welcoming and warm atmosphere for yourself.


I would like to extend a personal invitation to you all to come and experience life at The Croft.

Marcus Cook


The Croft Preparatory School