Crosfields School is an Independent Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 3 to 13 situated in Reading, Berkshire.
About the school
Crosfields is a co-educational independent day preparatory school for children aged 3-13 years. Set in 40 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Reading, it currently has approximately 550 pupils. Founded in 1957, Crosfields celebrated its Golden Jubilee recently and offers a high standard of learning achieved within a happy, caring and stimulating environment. Crosfields has an excellent record of academic success, with all Year 8 leavers gaining places at their senior schools of choice in recent years including a good number of scholars. Facilities are first class. There is an onsite sports centre which includes a state-of-the-art heated swimming pool and sports hall, a brand new artificial turf pitch, theatre, music school and the classrooms are light and spacious. In 2018, Crosfields ranked 4th in the country with the IAPS following the IAPS Swimming Championships that were held in June. The Oaks building opened in October 2007 and houses a state of the art IT suite, library, a Design Technology department and 'The Hub', a purpose built Learning Empowerment centre at the top of the building. The Nursery opened in September 2008 in a spacious detached house within the grounds with bespoke garden and play areas that were redesigned and completed in the Autumn of 2018.
On Wednesday 14th September, Crosfields was excited to welcome England Men’s Hockey captain Phil Roper and Women’s Hockey team squad player Ellie Rayer to officially open their brand new Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP) after 4 months of construction.
14th November 2018 — On Wednesday 14th September, Crosfields was excited to welcome England Men’s Hockey captain Phil Roper and Women’s Hockey team squad player Ellie Rayer to officially open their brand new Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP) after 4 months of construction. Crosfields School, which is set in over 40 acres, made the decision to enhance its facilities further last year to increase space and to give the children a greater opportunity to play more sports throughout the year. The new pitch provides a 100m x 60m full size hockey/football playing surface that can be split into 2, 3 or 4 smaller pitches as required for hockey, netball and tennis. The floodlighting around the pitch will allow the children to continue to play sports during the darker afternoons and evenings through the autumn and winter months, meaning that the school is able to offer a broad programme of after-school sports activities all year round.
The PE Department at Crosfields School, which has strong links with both the Men and Women’s Team GB Hockey players, were thrilled when Men’s captain Phil Roper and squad player Ellie Rayer accepted their invitation to officially open the new facility. Roper and Rayer then stayed on to give some of the children a special coaching session. In 2015, Team GB’s Paralympic swimming gold medalist Ellie Simmonds opened Crosfields School’s new swimming pool. The significant investment in both the ATP and the swimming centre demonstrates the school’s commitment to the promotion of competitive sport and sport for all. Craig Watson, Headmaster, said, “The new pitch is an exciting development for Crosfields and puts us at the fore in terms of the huge amount of space and sporting facilities that our children can enjoy. We proudly hosted the Girls Under 9 Football Festival a few weeks ago which saw 30 local primary schools visit Crosfields for an afternoon of competitive football. Sport is an integral part of children’s education and this new investment holds us in good stead for extending the age range of the school to 16 in 3 years’ time.”
Children and staff at Crosfields School were delighted to welcome HRH Princess Beatrice of York for the official opening of the recently developed Talbot Memorial Gardens.
30th April 2015 — The children and staff at Crosfields School in Reading, were delighted to welcome HRH Princess Beatrice of York for the official opening of the recently developed Talbot Memorial Gardens. HRH was greeted by the tremendous sight of 540 children grinning from ear to ear, waving the British flag. As she made her way to the main school entrance the children lined the walkway, their excitement evident in their smiles.
Prior to the official Opening Ceremony, Princess Beatrice spent some time enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the garden and speaking with children before listening to the Junior School choral verse, the Senior School Chamber Choir and the Crosfields Year 2 choir, who recently won a Gold medal with Distinction for their performance at the Woodley Festival. Speaking about the importance of being able to have a place to feel relaxed amongst busy school days and exam preparation, HRH wished those taking exams in the next few weeks the best of luck. In a speech to pupils at the end of her visit HRH said “You are the most wonderful school and we are all so lucky that we are standing in this beautiful garden. I am so thankful to you for having me and giving me such a wonderful welcome. Thank you also to the teachers for doing such a good job, creating such wonderful children.”
Also present to celebrate the opening of the garden were the parents of Amelia Saunders, Richard and Chantal. A beautiful cherry tree was planted in the centre of the memorial garden in memory of Amelia, who very sadly passed away in January 2013. A bouquet of flowers was presented to HRH by Max Smith, a Year 8 pupil.
Mr Jonathan Wansey, Headmaster, comments “It has been a real honour to welcome Her Royal Highness to Crosfields to open officially our Talbot Memorial Garden. The garden itself is a very special place right in the heart of our school. It is a quiet area where the children can relax with a book or with friends, write poetry, draw and study. Today's visit by Princess Beatrice has marked a momentous occasion in the history of Crosfields and we are very grateful to her for taking the time to talk with the children and staff.”