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The children are  very appreciative of their environment and the forest school (two acres of gorgeous woodland with a lake) is a favourite. It is the traditional outdoor children’s games they adore – tag, hide and seek. As we wandered round we saw a number of children sitting individually with adults, working on basic skills. The ones who find academic work a breeze are encouraged to participate in the Challenge Club, which meets once a week for various enrichment activities. Children are encouraged to consider the impact of their behaviour on others and to think about why they have behaved in a certain way...

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What the school says...

The Croft is a lively, creative place to be, with impressive facilities and an excellent record of academic success at 11 years. It has a reputation for sound educational values and integrity, as well as a delightful, slightly quirky ethos and characterful atmosphere. A rich curriculum, in which art, music, sport, foreign languages, dance and drama feature, is highly valued. There is a feeling of fun and purpose which resonates throughout the School, and the sound of children singing enhances the lives of everyone who works in this happy, family school. ...Read more

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Since 2012, Marcus Cook BSc (sports science). Joined The Croft in 2002, from being director of sport at Arden Lawn. His career started with an initial spell as a teacher, before he did a stint as a professional rugby player in England and France. He came to The Croft as director of studies and became deputy before taking the top job. He gets The Croft through and through and is passionate about ensuring its continual development. The similarities between a rugby team and school life are something he finds illuminating for both. He tells us both are about learning to work with others and recognising complementary abilities in others. He has reorganised the management structures, aiming for consistency in the underlying strategy and ethos. He has created a faculty system which includes one for emotional and physical development that...

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