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Co-educational independent day preparatory school for children aged 3-13 years




Craig Watson



It is possibly a Head Teacher’s most important role to recruit staff with exceptional ability. I am very proud indeed of the quality of the teachers throughout the school. They are professional, but above all they have personalities and as it is only personalities who can ignite a child’s interests and passion.

This is the case for small children, but it is also just asimportant for teenagers. As a school to 13, Crosfields already employs staff who have taught in both state and private secondary schools. Many have taught to A level and many have prepared children for the ferociously academically demanding Scholarships.

To complement the ability of our staff we will naturally employ more teachers to teach to GCSEs as the children join us. They will have secondary school experience, but most of all each will have a personality!



Charlotte Bennett



Having worked at Crosfields for a number of years, I began my journey leading the Academic side of the school in January 2016 as Head of Teaching and Learning and I am now the Deputy Head Academic. Crosfields has always had a reputation for a strong academic curriculum and I embraced the opportunity to bring children’s learning to the forefront. Our aim is to encourage children to become independent thinkers who are equipped with enquiring minds. All of the staff are trained in Growth Mindset and in the Philosophy for Children. As a team, the children and staff designed the Crosfields Learner Profile which underpins our ethos for teaching and learning.

Crosfields has always been a special place, with exceptional staff. At the heart of the school are the children. They are truly inspiring; the determination and grit they show in many areas gives the ultimate in job satisfaction. As I begin the next part of my journey leading the academic education of children to 16 I looking forward to shaping the minds of our future generation, readying them for their next step and ensuring they leave Crosfields equipped with everything they need to grab hold of the reins and enjoy the ride.



Caroline Petryszak


I am a graduate in Mathematics from the University of York and have extensive experience of teaching in a range of schools, including Dr Challoner’s High School in Buckinghamshire and St Mary’s, St John’s College School and The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge. Outside of the classroom I have tutored, examined at KS3 and GCSE level and written Maths resources, including several years for the BBC where I worked on the Bitesize project and consulted on the Digital Curriculum. I have also worked as a Governor for a local primary school and, more recently, as an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. I have significant experience at middle and senior management level, having held a range of pastoral and academic roles that have included Head of Year, SENCo, Assistant Principal and Director of Studies. In recent years I have held curriculum responsibility across a family of schools comprising three pre-preps, two preps, a senior school and a sixth form college. I have also taken the lead on teaching staff recruitment and training and line-managed the Heads of Department and the Examinations team. In particular, I have developed expertise in - and a passion for - curriculum and timetable design and I particularly enjoy tailoring this to the needs of the individual and advising students and their parents on the examined and the non-examined curricula.

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  • Crosfields School
  • Shinfield Road
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • RG2 9BL
  • Main Office: 0118 9871810
  • Bursar's Office: 0118 9862535
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