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The Croft Preparatory School

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Vision & Strategy

The Croft School Vision and Strategy




The vision of the Board is to deliver an outstanding educational experience to all girls and boys utilising the extensive facilities within our unique 30-acre site. The Thornton family is fully committed to the long-term future of the School. The family ethos will continue to be at the heart of everything undertaken.



The strategy is to sustain and continue to build upon the progress made throughout the tenure of the current Headmaster. Our objective is to raise educational standards to the highest level and position the School as the best it possibly can be amongst its peer group.


To achieve this we will:


  • Prioritise Child Safeguarding and Security
  • Develop the capability of our staff to deliver outstanding teaching and support
  • Develop appropriate infrastructure and educational resources for all
  • Adhere rigorously to all Regulatory and Compliance procedures
  • Invest and develop the advisory skills of the Governing Committee
  • Regularly review and appraise our School Development Plan
  • Market the School to a wide community with bespoke initiatives for target groups
  • Seek to maintain the highest ISI validations of standards in all areas
  • Evolve succession plans
  • Adhere to a 5-year financial plan
  • Regularly evaluate strategic risks
  • Align our fee structure to the quality of our delivery and market expectations



Leadership, oversight and management of The Croft are conducted by the company’s Board of Directors, the Governing Committee. Ownership of the The Croft School Limited, which manages The Croft Preparatory School, rests with the Thornton family.  The Senior Leadership Team chaired by the Headmaster, Marcus Cook, operates the School.


Lyndall Bagnall, Sam Thornton, Barney Thornton

The Board of Directors