Croydon High School

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Old Farleigh Road
South Croydon
020 8260 7500
3 - 18
Girls only
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5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) inc. English and maths
GCSE grade C or better in
English and maths
Attainment 8 score
Results in 8 core subjects

Secondary Data 2016
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Pupils achieving AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
A level average point score
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School Description

Croydon High School offers all through education for girls from the age of 3 to 18. Its 14 acre green belt site offers magnificent grounds, airy classrooms, a floodlit all weather pitch and science, music and sports blocks. The wide ranging curriculum and broad extracurricular opportunities are supported by the school's outstanding pastoral care structure.

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News & events from Croydon High School

Last update: 19 October 2017



You are warmly invited to visit our school with its impressive history and its reputation for providing outstanding education for girls. 

If you have any queries please contact our Admissions Registrar by email: or call 020 8260 7543.

Personal tours are also now available. Please click on the link below. We would be delighted to arrange a time for you to visit with your daughter.

Our successful Open Event was held in early October. Click on the link below to arrange a private vist. 

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TASTER DAY: Saturday 25th November
All applicants will be invited to attend our Taster Day

ENTRANCE TEST DAY (Year 7 and Sixth Form): Saturday 9th December

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Excellent A level results 

Once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A Level a fifth of all girls achieved straight A*- A grades. Over 38% of all grades awarded were A* or A, highlighting the number of highly aspirational girls in this cohort. 

Currently a fantas c 77% of the cohort are leaving Croydon High to go on to their rst choice des na on – almost 50% of places at pres gious Russell Group universi es.

Croydon High’s Headmistress, Emma Pattison commented that this year she has been particularly aware of the breadth of experience and learning the girls have enjoyed during their sixth form years which has led them to make informed and diverse choices for their next steps. 

Record breaking GCSE results

Croydon High is celebrating a truly outstanding set of results achieved by their GCSE class of 2017. Almost three quarters of all exam grades awarded were A*- A making this the most successful GCSE cohort in the history of the highly respected Selsdon school. 

It has been widely reported that in the absence of AS level grades, top universities will be relying much more heavily on GCSE indicators when it comes to making offers.

So with 40% of Croydon High girls awarded a remarkable 7 A* (or more) grades, these results also provide the girls with a springboard to go on to the very best universi es in the world.

With a 100% pass rate, an impressive 91% of grades at A*- B and almost half of all grades awarded being A* the message is clear; this is a high achieving cohort at a high performing school. 

Please note: Croydon High School follows the IGCSE curriculum in Maths and English therefore the new grades 1-9 do not apply. 

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GO-ED – Girls Only Education. 

This is how we describe our attitude to the education of girls and the unique culture we have developed at Croydon High. 

Why GO-ED not CO-ED? 

We believe our supportive girls-only environment offers enormous benefits. Year after year we see how girls flourish in secure happy surroundings where they can discover who they really are and where they want to go. In a single sex school, there is undoubtedly less pressure to conform to stereotype, particularly in academic or sporting choices.

Croydon High girls take all three sciences – and do well - and the level of participation, determination and success on the sports fields is something we are particularly proud of.

But, we always stress that we are offering a single-sex education and not a single-sex life. The girls are not kept away from boys – we encourage and enable shared activities between ourselves and another local Independent boys’ school. Particularly in sixth form, we recognise that there is much to be gained from these activities which can be academic or extra- curricular as well as social.

We are proud to be part of the Girls' Day School Trust: 


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Meet the Head: Emma Pattison


Emma Pattison joined as Head in September 2016. She has previously held posts as Deputy Head (Academic) at St John’s School, Leatherhead, and Head of Modern Foreign Languages for both the Senior and Junior Schools at Guildford High School for Girls. She also taught French and Spanish at Caterham School. 

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I was lucky in that I knew from an early stage that this was the profession for me. I ran a choir when I was at school performing songs my friends and I had written. By the time of our first performance, there were over 80 girls from the younger year groups and I really enjoyed seeing them get so excited about the music and making the best performance possible. 

My A level English teacher, Mrs Dival, was also a huge inspiration as she showed us that if we worked hard and believed in ourselves, we could achieve anything.  She opened up the world of literature and language in the most fascinating way. I remember her reading Chaucer to us, flawlessly skipping through Old English verse at sight; we were always so captivated!

It is this same commitment to the girls and love of subject and of the job that I saw amongst the teaching staff when I visited Croydon High for the first time. I am thrilled to be leading a School which prides itself on the high quality of its teaching and learning and the support it offers to every single girl.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Without a doubt, the aspect of the job that gives me a real sense of pride is learning about the incredible achievements of the people – both the pupils and the staff – that make up the School community. Just as every teacher gains a sense of purpose from helping pupils overcome difficulties and achieve beyond what they ever thought they could, throughout my career I have always enjoyed helping staff do the same.

Seeing a trainee teacher qualify and become an inspirational practitioner gives me a great sense of pride and achievement.  Assemblies are a great time to celebrate our pupils’ achievements and it says a lot about our community when our girls’ talent and dedication has impressed us all before the day’s teaching has even started!  It’s a real privilege to work in an environment like this.

What does a successful school look like to you?

The essential ingredients of any successful school are firstly busy, fulfilled pupils who have the self-belief to set themselves even the most challenging of goals and the determination to achieve them and secondly, teachers whose enjoyment of what they do is both evident and infectious.

Beyond these fundamental elements, what I love about Croydon High is the buzz and excitement generated around both classroom based learning and the multitude of other activities the girls get involved in.  The enthusiasm with which they talk about their endeavours and the pride they take in their own and each other’s achievements help create a very supportive environment and their enjoyment is palpable. For me, this is what makes our school such a great place to learn and work. 


What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Self-belief and understanding coupled with resolve. Girls who leave us with a real understanding of who they are and what they can achieve and who have the confidence and perseverance to fulfil their ambitions; this is a very powerful and compelling purpose for any school.  You so often find that the hobbies and activities adults are involved in were nurtured at School and so our girls are exposed to a wide variety of activities from an early age so that they can learn what gives them that sense of purpose and enjoyment; proficiency then follows and with it an understanding of what success looks like and what you have to do to secure it.

We all know that academic grades are very important but the poise and confidence of the actress or the musician, the grit and determination of the sportsman/woman or the understanding of community and the world around us learned on trips and visits are as crucial in later life; in fact, I believe better grades are often secured when pupils apply to their work skills they have learned outside the classroom.

When we talk about developing the ‘all-round’ pupil, this is what we mean; pupils who have gone through the process of identifying what it is that motivates and inspires them and then are prepared to work hard to achieve what they want to.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.


Our School offers breadth of opportunity, academic excellence and an incredibly supportive environment in which our girls thrive.


We celebrate the fantastic achievements of our girls and our staff; they are a great source of inspiration for each other.

Unique and impressive young women

Our girls make our School the vibrant, exciting place it is. We pride ourselves on the fact that each girl is known and understood as an individual.

Catchment information

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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