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Headmaster greets us with an open smile and the sort of enthusiastic handshake you might expect from a six foot four, ex professional rugby player. ‘It’s about challenging every child to become the best version of themselves,’ he says of his school. Science provision is superb. Parents rate drama as ‘outstanding’. Strong, inclusive sports programme. Accredited Forest School with dens, nature walks, bug area and characterful covered classroom. School’s core values (friendship and trust, respect, growth mindset, resilience, creativity and excellence) are its foundation, literally worn by pupils as a head shaped badge of honour... 

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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 (40s). Grew up in Sussex near Ashdown Forest (inspiration for A A Milne’s hundred acre wood). A talented rugby player, he studied sports science at Bedford College where he met his wife, Gemma. Unsure where burgeoning rugby career would lead, his mother, an early years teacher, ‘wonderful with children,’ suggested placement at a primary school. Realising he was destined to teach, he headed to Loughborough for a PGCE. First post was in Market Harborough at an upper school while at the same time playing fullback at the highest level for Bedford Blues – sounds exhausting. A contract to play for Dijon then Lyon drew him across the Channel, but the recently professionalised game lacked structure and he returned to the midlands to teach at Emscote Lawn then Arden Lawn. Here...

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Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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