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The Croft Preparatory School

Alveston Hill
Loxley Road
CV37 7RL

T: +44 (0)1789 293795

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ISC ID: 96823


Mr Marcus Cook (Headmaster)

Boys - age range:

Day: 3 to 11

Girls - age range:

Day: 3 to 11


324 pupils

The Croft Preparatory School case studies (10)

Baby & Toddler Group


  • The Croft Preparatory School
  • Baby & Toddler Group
  • Community work/fundraising
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Pauline Quirke Academy


  • The Croft Preparatory School
  • Pauline Quirke Academy
  • Performing arts and music
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Contemporary Choir


  • The Croft Preparatory School
  • The Warwickshire Contemporary Choir
  • Performing arts and music
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STEM Week Activities


  • The Croft Preparatory School
  • Thomas Jolyffe Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Academic
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Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

  • 25 state schools involved
  • 100 to 200 state school pupils involved
  • 48 staff hours given

*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.

Impact Statement

Impact Statement
We have a link with Welcome Hills Special School in Stratford upon Avon. Our Year 3 pupils attended an afternoon session at the school twice a term and the children from Welcome Hills returned here to participate in afternoon lessons with our Year 3 pupils. The children from Welcome Hills are also invited to participate in a drama production of Poetry Prose and Song. Our impact assessment allowed Croft pupils to understand on a personal level that we should not judge without knowing and allowed the pupils a deeper understanding of the value of friendship without barriers. The children from welcome Hills benefitted from performing to a much wider audience and experienced a variety of different lessons by specialised teachers, not available to them at Welcome Hills. We invite local Infant schools in to view our Drama Productions and workshops in our purpose built Theatre giving them the opportunity to experience a theatrical event without cost and to benefit from specialised teaching not necessarily available in their own setting; not all schools take up this offer. We host an Orchestral Day every year inviting all local children to attend of which at least 60 attendees will be external participants. They benefit from our musical experience, allowing children to be part of a musical experience usually only available to more advanced musicians. This is also open to adults and therefore encourages children to make music with their parents/grandparents extending their love of music and encouraging them to continue with their musical education. Several children have gone one to join the Children’s Youth Orchestra. We host tournaments for football and hockey/netball, inviting both local primary and independent schools, giving local children an opportunity for more sport. We have coaching sessions from our links with Wasps Netball, which external pupils are invited to attend. We host one of the local cross-country running races for South Warwickshire open to all schools in the area. Our Reception pupils visit a local elderly care home Margaret’s Court where both they and the elderly residents benefit from interaction across the generation divide. Our Head of Art and Design led an interactive exhibit at RHS Malvern Show, EGG Eco, Green and Growing. Themed around growing food in the community, EGG incorporated live music, talks on eco gardening as well as demonstrations such as willow weaving and interactive art in which several of our pupils demonstrated and assisted the public in making their own artistic sculptures.

The Thornton Scholarship

The Thornton Scholarship takes place in the Lent Term and is open to children who will be moving into Year 3.

The Thornton Scholarship, which the School is offering, will be up to a maximum of 50% of the School Fees, but the actual percentage will depend upon the standard reached.  The Scholarship standard is not easy to achieve, as the School is looking for children of exceptional academic ability.  Although this exam is open to all, it is set at scholarship level and we recommend that only children attaining a standardised score of 120 (or equivalent) on a recognised formal assessment test should be entered. 


The children sit three short papers: English writing task, Reading task and Maths task.  The children will also be interviewed by two senior Members of Staff. These interviews will also take place after their written exams.  Children should bring a book to the interview; this may be fact or fiction. There will also be a problem solving exercise for pupils to undertake.

The tenure of award will last as long as the child is at The Croft, provided there is no obvious negligence to his or her school work.  The percentage of the award will remain the same, whatever changes there are in the rate of inflation and School Fees.  However, Scholarship pupils will be expected to pay the termly rate for School Lunches.

  • Academic scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants

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