Our School

Our History

A brief history of the School

Crosfields became an independent Preparatory day school in 1957. Formed as a non-profit making trust with its own board of governors, it was a single sex boys’ school named after a former pupil, Hugh Crosfield, who had been killed in an air raid during the Second World War. It offered boys a broad education that led to the development of a ‘well-balanced child’, an ethos that Crosfields maintains to this day. Keen to provide opportunities for children to develop ‘academically, socially and spiritually’, the teaching fell broadly in line with Christianity as the Headmaster at the time followed the Quaker movement. These days however, the school is non-denominational; it welcomes all faiths but a strong emphasis is placed on the moral principles of kindness, tolerance, good manners, honesty, and a sense of responsibility to one another and oneself.

With around 100 pupils when the school opened, class sizes were just 10 to 12 boys each. Every child was important, every child valued, every child encouraged, “whatever his gifts, to seek to develop his talents to the full.” Educating boys to the age of 13, Crosfields presented a full curriculum that followed national guidelines taught by dedicated teaching staff. Particular attention was paid to English and “…developing common sense by practical mathematics and elementary science.” Singing and drawing were included in the curriculum, and Greek was taught “if required for a scholarship, at no extra charge.”

2007 was a landmark year for Crosfields as it became fully co-educational, accepting girls through its doors for the first time in its sixty-year history. Recognising that yet more teaching space was indeed required, a new purpose-built Sports Centre was put together surrounding the existing sports hall in 2015, and this also housed a brand new, state-of-the-art swimming pool. Opened by Paralympic athlete Ellie Simmonds to a media fanfare, the centre placed an increased emphasis on sports at Crosfields and positioned the school among some of the very best in Berkshire. In 2018, the expansion went a stage further and a new artificial turf pitch was built that comfortably accommodates four, full hockey and netball pitches.

The distinctive Crosfields badge of oak leaves set on a black and white crest, along with a striking black and white uniform has changed very little over the years and has served the school well. With its first class facilities and leafy, spacious grounds, Crosfields has always stood out as a leading independent school attracting pupils from Reading, Wokingham, and Basingstoke as well as from villages in between.