Croydon High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
3 - 18
Girls only
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

Full Report
Independent Inspection Report
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
GCSE results at grade 9-7

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
A level average point score
Average A level result
A level progress score
GCSE to A level
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term

Progress Compared With All Other Schools

- 0.03 A level Progress Score Well Below Average (About 5% of schools in England) Below Average (About 25% of schools in England) Average (About 48% of schools in England) Above Average (About 17% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 5% of schools in England)

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School Prospectus

Old Farleigh Road
South Croydon
020 8260 7500

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.

Croydon High School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“So much outside the classroom”

At a time when many parents and children are “caught in the headlights” of SATS and the media talks of “teaching to the test”, I really feel like this school has been the right place for my daughters’ education. It is not just about the good teaching and smaller classes, but so much is offered here outside of the classroom. There are opportunities and experiences that are hard to measure, but I am certain, they form and influence my girls and prepare them for their futures. Parents often don’t say it enough, but we do appreciate all that you do greatly.
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News, Photos and Open Days from Croydon High School

Last update: 03 August 2022


We are delighted to be able to offer on site tours again and look forward to showing you around our school and its extensive grounds



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Examination results certainly do not define our school, but we are extremely proud of all our girls achieve year on year.

Knowing the ‘back story’ behind every individual set of results is also something our staff pride themselves on.

2020 will prove to be a year to remember for many reasons and not least for the remarkable year group who did NOT take their A levels in that year. We celebrate some of their many achievements HERE with more to follow when the ‘dust settles’ and the full picture emerges.
Please click HERE to read the full story behind our 2020 cohort’s GCSEs.

2019 was a brilliant year for results and our A levels results can be found HERE and our GCSE results can be found HERE

It means they are in the best possible position to advise on options, whether it be A level choices, degree and university decisions or on helping to match individual aspirations and abilities with the most appropriate next step.

Find out more about our outstanding 2018 GCSE here and A level results here

Full details of our GCSE and A level results can be found in our Senior Admissions Guide here and our Sixth Form Admissions Guide here.



Visitors are always – without fail – impressed by every girl they meet. From the youngest to the oldest, they present themselves as outstanding ambassadors for the school in whatever situation they find themselves.
A day in the life at Croydon High School



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: 


School Life & Curriculum


The Trustees of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) have announced the appointment of Ms Annabel Davies as Head of Croydon High School, with effect from September 2022.  

Annabel believes that “a strong character, the ability to be creative, resourceful and resilient, and to display strong emotional intelligence are essential traits that need to be developed during a girl’s educational journey.”

Congratulating Annabel on her appointment, Emma Pattison said, “My conversations with Annabel, combined with her impressive experience and her clear educational ethos which sits so well with the Croydon High philosophy, has made me entirely confident that I will leave the school in very safe hands. I am extremely proud to have been a part of Croydon High’s story and I firmly believe that the next chapter will be a very exciting one.”

Annabel Davies said “I am absolutely delighted to be taking up the Headship at Croydon High; it is a fantastic school and is at such an exciting stage in its development. I have already been so impressed with all aspects of the school and with those I have met so far, and I look forward to meeting the whole community and to building on the excellent work that is already being carried out by Emma Pattison and the staff.


A current member of staff writes about their teaching experience here at Croydon High…….

Croydon High’s way – and the GDST way – is so exactly representative of an ideal workplace, in my mind. The way Croydon High is concerned for mental and physical wellbeing of pupils AND staff, the way you’re open to change, the way you’re welcoming to everyone from any and all backgrounds, the way you encourage healthy discussions around accountability and how to make progress and improve… Working in this kind of environment is a DREAM. 

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Meet the Head: Annabel Davies

Ms Annabel Davies recently returned to the UK from working at Harrow International School Hong Kong where she was Principal Deputy Head (Curricular) leading on curriculum and teaching and learning across the school for pupils aged from 3-18. Throughout her career, she has held leadership positions in both international and UK-based schools, including Surbiton
High School.

Ms Davies is a musician and studied music at Wells Cathedral School before moving on to Royal Holloway, University of London, to continue her study of music. She achieved the National Qualification of Headship in March 2022. Ms Davies is an enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of an all-girls’ education believing that the development of skills such as resilience, creativity, emotional intelligence and the ability to lead are essential traits to be developed in a girl’s educational journey.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

Music triggered my desire to be a teacher. I had a fantastic Director of Music when I was at Prep School who really believed in me and always encouraged me. I was certainly inspired as a musician by him, going on to study music at Wells Cathedral School and then at university.

We are still in touch now and I used to teach on his summer music courses until very recently. He made a huge impact on my life and I knew early on that I wanted to do the same for other young people.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

As the new Head of Croydon High School, I am already so proud of the spirit of the school and the achievements of the pupils. The school community has achieved so much despite the challenges of the pandemic. I think as a Head, you are always proud of the developments of each child and being able to see them flourish is the greatest privilege.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school is vibrant; it has a buzz of excitement amongst both pupils and staff. Successful schools care about their whole community and aim for high standards in all areas. I believe successful schools are forward thinking and ready to embrace opportunities. They nurture each and every child in their care and ensure open and honest communication. A successful school has integrity at the centre of all it does. The pupils should be at the heart of every school. At Croydon High, we are committed to making a difference to ‘every girl, every day’. This is our mantra and permeates everything we do.


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

I believe that resilience is one of the most important qualities we nurture in our pupils. The modern world is complex and rapidly evolving and I believe it is vital that our girls develop a strength of character that allows them to thrive in any environment. Research has shown that ’human qualities’ are going to be even more important as technology continues to develop. I believe resilience is a key strength that will transform a young person’s ability to navigate the world and their place in it.

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

Inspirational, nurturing, innovative, curious, and kind.

Croydon High School Catchment Area Map

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.