Little Crofters - Warwickshire Inclusion Kitemark

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Congratulations to Little Crofters and Little Crofters Pre-school staff on achieving the Warwickshire Inclusion Kitemark top tier award at Shire Hall, Warwick.  Warwickshire County Council has introduced this new award to recognise and celebrate high quality, enhanced SEND provision in 0 – 5 years settings.

The Croft was awarded the Inclusion Kitemark in recognition of its previous and ongoing commitment to provide the very best education for children who require support with their learning.  It was a vigorous process; The Croft was one of a few settings to be awarded the Kitemark for two years, owing to its outstanding inclusive practices.

Well done to Mrs Webber and her team!

U11 Tournament Champions - Hockey and Rugby

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The Croft Parents’ Association - Fun and Fundraising at the Circus


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The Croft played host to Happy’s Circus as so many of you, who came along for an evening of fun and entertainment, will remember. We are delighted to report that over £3,000 was raised from the sale of tickets, food and drinks. This magnificent sum will be shared between the CPA and our two new charities - The Friendship Project and Motor Neurone Disease Association (Midlands).

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Thank you all so much for supporting the event and, of course, grateful thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make it such a success

A warm welcome to our new staff

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From left to right: Mr Mills, Mrs Crowley, Mrs Hughes, Miss Smith, Mrs Clifton and Mr Genders

A warm welcome to our new staff and a brief introduction:

Mrs Charlotte Hughes - Assistant Head Academic

Mrs Hughes is teaching English and Games to Years 5 & 6. As an Assistant Head, Mrs Hughes is extremely busy, but when she gets time, Mrs Hughes likes running, hiking, photography and travelling.

Mrs Jane Crowley - Maths Teacher

Mrs Crowley is teaching Maths in Year 6, this term, having specialised in Maths and English for the past six years. Previously she has worked in the theatre industry, which continues to be a passion of hers.

Mr Tom Genders - Head of Art and Design

Mr Genders taught art and ceramics for 6 years in Leicestershire after qualifying in Brighton. His hobbies include all things art, but particularly oil painting, cricket, cycling and wildlife.

Miss Rebecca Smith - Class Teacher

Miss Smith is teaching in Year 2 part-time, as well as some Year 4 and Year 6 classes. Miss Smith is also a yoga and mindfulness teacher, and is looking forward to sharing this with all of the children in the school. Her other passions are horse riding, rowing and competing for Stratford Boat Club.

Mr Liam Mills - Head of Technology and Games Teacher

Mr Mills has been teaching at Welford on Avon Primary school since he finished his PGCE at Warwick University and has worked as a cover teacher at The Croft. Mr Mills joins his wife and daughter, here at The Croft, and is looking forward to teaching the exciting subject of Technology to the children.

Mrs Marie Clifton - School Nurse

Mrs Clifton is the School Nurse and a busy mum of three boys, who all attend The Croft. In her spare time, Mrs Clifton is a keen gardener.

Tatler Schools Guide 2018





Once again, The Croft has been selected to appear in the prestigious ‘Tatler Schools Guide’.   The school guide highlights the top prep and public schools in the UK; the selection process is entirely down to the Tatler -  they can’t be swayed with expensive advertising!    

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‘Difficult to find!’ declared our researcher.  But when you do get to the Croft, what a treat.  It’s a gem of a prep school, free from airs and graces and full of character and quirks.  Head Marcus Cook (‘very nice – and very tall,’ says a pupil) wants his pupils to be able to ‘work collaboratively and be articulate and confident’. Pupils stride on to the Warwickshire grammars, as well as Bromsgrove, Malvern and others – Mr Cook gives shrewd advice on whether children are up to the highly selective grammar-school exams. Lots of sport on the 32-acre site (no Astro); eight former pupils – representing their senior schools – played in the England Rugby Natwest Schools Cup final last year.  Music is ‘absolutely amazing’, as is its head of department Mr Shortman, and there’s a large modern theatre. ‘I would recommend The Croft to anyone,’ says our insider.


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