Why are Crosfields extending to age 16?
Parents have said that they would love to have the choice to enable their children to continue at Crosfields, where they are already happy and can be confident that they are progressing. In addition, our last three school surveys have confirmed that there is overwhelming support and demand for this move.
We are delighted to be able to introduce this extension to enable parents the option to choose Crosfields to age 16.
What impact will this change to Crosfields have on the children lower down the school?
The expansion of the school will be accompanied by a sensitive building plan. This will ensure that the space and facilities currently enjoyed by the younger children will not be compromised. In addition, both the older children and the younger children will have their own very clearly defined areas to rest, relax or play.
It is a priority for us that what makes Crosfields a very successful and happy school for smaller children in no way suffers.
When will children be able to join the school?
As it is today, the key entrance points will be Nursery, Reception and Year 7. The school will continue to take an additional class at Year 5. We expect some children to arrive from other schools in Year 9 after their prep school years.
As is usual, we will continue to fill any gaps as they arise.
Crosfields currently offers scholarships for Years 7 and 8. Will this continue to exist?
Our Scholarships will continue to exist. As they are today, they will continue to be limited in number and attract pupils to the Senior School who are capable in a number of areas.
Scholarships, which currently start in Year 7, will carry through to Year 11.
Will there be an assessment or entrance exam to gain a place in Crosfields' Senior School?
Children already at Crosfields School, participating and progressing well, will not have to take an assessment to secure a place through to GCSEs.
For children wishing to join the school, we will be introducing assessments. This assessment will concentrate on three key areas: academic ability, a willingness to contribute to the broad education we offer and the way in which he or she engages with adults and children alike. It is our intention that this assessment will ensure that we maintain the atmosphere we cherish at Crosfields.
Children need a change of school, dont they?
There are many benefits to keeping your child in the same school. Children who remain at a school, where the staff know them well, will usually benefit from already established individual relationships and targeted personal learning approaches. Time is not lost, as children settle into a new environment and where the staff take time to find out what makes your child tick.
Crosfields is already experienced in teaching, supporting and engaging very young children growing into adolescents. As children move through each stage of their schooling, they continually need challenge and support which is appropriate to their individual needs. We will continue to provide this for our teenage pupils.
Will Crosfields Senior School be CO-ED?
In 2008, Crosfields made the decision to become a co-educational school because we believe in the tremendous benefits, both social and academic, in educating girls and boys together. This proved to be very appealing to pupils and parents alike and it is not our intention to change this.
Currently, there is a limited number of co-ed options in the area and our aim is to provide parents with a very high quality, co-educational, day school choice.
How will the school be organised to accommodate this change?
The school will be organised as it is now up until Year 6. The Senior School, however, will go from Year 7 to Year 11, as this is a model parents are already familiar with. Years 7 and 8 will be called The Lower Senior School. Years 9, 10 and 11 will be called The Upper Senior School.
Why should staying at Crosfields into Senior School be a very serious choice for you and your child?
When you first entrusted us with your child, choosing Crosfields’ over other schools, you had your personal reasons for doing so. Many of these reasons will remain unchanged.
We will continue to offer excellent value, for a very high-quality, individual, broad and balanced education. Our classes, which have been deliberately kept small, will remain so enabling us to ensure high academic standards and to educate the whole child. We will ensure that we do this in an environment that offers superb pastoral support for our adolescents, helping them to cope with the demands of growing up.
Will Crosfields continue to prepare and support children that choose another school, as well as they do today?
The success and the popularity of Crosfields partly rests on the children being prepared for other schools. As such, we will continue to prepare for other options. As a school we have a very successful track record of pupils gaining places at local selective day schools and boarding schools. The children will continue to take Common Entrance papers and Scholarships in Years 7 and 8 being streamed and set appropriate to their performance and the requirements of these schools. This is part of giving parents choice.
Why will the Senior School stop at 16 and not go to 18?
There is a vast number of sixth form options in the area in both the private and state sectors. These options give our pupils considerable choice. Our aim will be to give guidance and help over the many schools and colleges available.
Where will the Senior children be taught? How can you acommodate them?
It is very important to us that the children who choose to become Seniors at Crosfields are taught in and move to facilities designed specifically for them and their needs.
The school will be investing in new buildings and facilities, separating the older pupils from the smaller children, providing equipment and facilities which meet the needs of children studying GCSEs. The children will continue to have opportunities to engage across the school, where opportunities present. The Senior School children will also have a new uniform.
How big will the classes be?
Our aim is that the class sizes will be no more than 20 children, with some sets being smaller than this.
Who will teach these children?
Crosfields has always taught up to Year 8 and as such, it has always attracted teachers from a Secondary Schoolbackground. We have a very high percentage of staff who have experience of teaching in Secondary Schools.
That said, we will be attracting and appointing more staff, who will bring additional experience of secondary schooling to Crosfields.
What will be taught in the Crosfields' Senior School?
The aim will be to continue to teach Common Entrance and Scholarship in Years 7 and 8. In The Upper Senior School the pupils will take a core group of subjects that includes:
Maths, Science (as double or triple), one Modern Foreign Language, English (both language and literature) and Religious Studies. There may, of course, be some children who will do very well at GCSE, but for whom an additional language is not appropriate.
Further subjects will include Geography, History, Music, Computer Science, Art, PE, Design Technology and a further MFL.
How many children in total will be in the Senior School?
The school has no intention of having vast numbers in each year group. As such, there will be no more than four classes of a maximum of 20 pupils, however the expectation in the first few years is to have three classes of twenty as we have in most year groups currently.