Our History

History since 1957

Crosfields became a private 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 governor, Hugh Crosfield, who had been killed in an air raid during the Second World War.

With around 100 pupils when the school opened, class sizes were just 10 to 12 boys each. Every child was important, every child valued and every child encouraged, ‘whatever his gifts, to seek to develop his talents to the full’.

The original Crosfields ethos, to offer broad education that leads to the development of a ‘well-balanced child’ is still maintained to this day.

Key Dates in our History

1957

Crosfields School gained independent status

1991

Opening of Pre-Prep department

1999

Reached final of Sainsbury's Choir of the Year

2007

Crosfields became fully co-educational

2013

Ellie Simmonds opens new swimming pool

Sports Fixtures

Leading Co-Education School

2010

2015

Princess Beatrice opened the memorial garden

90+ Extracurricular options

2018

Additonal Astro Pitch for Sports Centre built

2019

Senior School Building construction commenced

2021

2022

New Senior School Building Awarded 'Best Build for under £10 million'

Over 40 Languages Spoken

20203

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1957

Crosfields became a private 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.

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2013

2007 was a landmark year for Crosfields. The school became fully co-educational, accepting girls through its doors for the first time in its 60-year history. Now Crosfields has over 40% girls throughout all year groups delivering equal opportunities to all children.  

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2015

Recognising the transformation of the school needed investment in new buildings, a new purpose-built Sports Centre — housing a state-of-the-art swimming pool — was constructed at Crosfields in 2015. The opening ceremony was led by Paralympic athlete Ellie Simmonds on a day that would go down in Crosfields history.  

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2018

Further expansion welcomed the construction of a new artificial turf pitch, which accommodates four full hockey and netball pitches. This expansion increased the emphasis on sports at Crosfields and positioned the school among some of the very best sports schools in Berkshire.

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2022

Crosfields School is ambitious, continually evolving into a bigger and better version of its previous self. 2021 saw one of our biggest expansions to date: the construction of a modern Senior School building to allow Crosfields to extend its provision toage 16. The new building was launched in September 2021 and is the school’s proudest development achievement of the decade, recently receiving an architectural award

 

The Crosfields Badge

The distinctive Crosfields badge of oak leaves set on a black and white crest and the school’s 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 continues to stand out as a leading private school, attracting pupils from Reading, Wokingham, Basingstoke and the villages in between.

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