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The Croft Preparatory School
Alveston Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon,CV37 7RL
01789 293795

The Croft Preparatory School

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The Croft is an independent, co-educational day school for children from 2 to 11 years old, situated on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon. Founded in 1933, the School occupies a large rural site with superb facilities and extensive playing fields, offering children some of the most exciting educational opportunities in the area.

A family-based school, The Croft benefits from all the hallmarks of a traditional preparatory school, typically providing specialist teaching in small groups, where good discipline and a wider knowledge of the world around us, both spiritual and geographical, is encouraged. Music, Sport and Drama each play an important part in the curriculum, whilst Shakespeare, whose Birthplace is only one and a half miles away, has a profound influence on the School and its activities. The resulting high educational standards provide the all-round excellence which is at the heart of the School.

Continuity of education from the Nursery through Pre-Reception, Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory years ensures that all Croft children are well prepared for secondary school.




Hello – and a warm welcome to The Croft Preparatory School!

Thank you for choosing to view our Web Site.

We do hope you like what you see, and that it encourages you to come and visit the School, maybe on an Open Afternoon or Open Morning, when you are shown round the campus by Year 6 pupils or I welcome prospective parents for an individual tour most days of the week from 9.30am after Assembly.

It is really important to see our children at work and play, to gain a full and informed picture of what the School is about.

The Croft is a very special place: I think almost magical. It has sound educational values, integrity and a distinctive view of preparatory school education, whilst having a delightful, slightly quirky ethos and characterful atmosphere. On the one hand, it has resolutely retained a charming old-fashionedness. On the other, its essential values, I would argue, are very much of the here and now: personal authenticity, an emphasis on respect, manners and courtesy shown to all.

Moreover, the distinctiveness reflects the particularities, commitment and dedication of a highly consistent and mostly long-serving staff team.

Unlike many selective preparatory schools, The Croft's intake spans a wide ability range from very able to children who need support, either on a regular basis or more transiently, to achieve their full potential.

I think a caring, familial atmosphere nurtures each child, within and beyond the formal parameters of a perceived curriculum, and is enabling of a personal best, however that is individually defined and experienced. A caring ethos is conducive to the development of every child's self-esteem. Even though the School has grown over years, it retains the distinctive Schumacher characteristics of a small school where staff and children know everybody and where education is on a personal scale.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Warmest regards

Dr Patricia Thompson

Curriculum and facilities

The Curriculum

School Curriculum

The Croft has taught the National Curriculum since it was introduced. As members of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) the school is inspected regularly using the National Curriculum criteria; the children will go on to secondary schools which follow the National Curriculum. However, smaller class sizes and longer school days enable the teaching of subjects like French, Latin and Geology, which fall outside the usual primary range. Classes are of mixed ability and mainly class teacher based until Years 5 and 6 when all subjects are taught by specialists, with ability grouping in English and in Mathematics

Learning Support

Learning Support

In most schools, there are a number of children with specific learning difficulties. We recognise this and employ qualified specialist teachers who work both in class and in a well-equipped unit.

If necessary we are able to refer children to an educational psychologist, optometrist, speech therapist, occupational therapist or other specialists.


Children playing outside main school building

Hello, and welcome to Admissions

My name is Sally Jeffcoate, and I will be happy to talk to you about any part of your son or daughter's admission to the School – please telephone               01789 293795        or email

The Croft is an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities

  • All applications are treated equally and fairly

  • Classes are strictly limited to 20, and, as far as possible, there is a balance of girls and boys

  • Children are admitted from the age of 2 years

  • Children may be admitted to the School during an academic year, and to any year group, depending on availability

How to apply for a place

  • Complete a Registration Form and return it to Admissions with the Registration Fee

  • An Offer of a Place letter will be sent to you, together with an Acceptance Form, our Terms and Conditions of Admissions & the School Rules

  • Complete the Acceptance Form and return to Admissions with the refundable Acceptance Deposit to secure the place.

Additional information

  • An induction day is arranged for every child

  • Children above Reception age are required to attend the School for a preliminary assessment

  • Medical Information is required

  • Children who require learning support will be offered a place subject to availability within the Learning Support Department

  • Parents are required to sign up to our Good Behaviour Policy

  • If we are unable to offer a place immediately, we operate a Waiting List

Once again, please feel free to contact me.

Sally Jeffcoate


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