Croydon High School

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Old Farleigh Road
South Croydon
020 8260 7500
3 - 18
Other Independent
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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
Average A level result
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GCSE to A level
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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 April 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: [email protected] 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.


SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN EVENING: Thursday 11th May 18.00 - 20.30

WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN DAY: Saturday 7th October 2017

SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING: Wednesday 18th October 2017

YEAR 7 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 27th October 2017 (to be confirmed)

TASTER DAY: Saturday 11th November 2017 (to be confirmed)

ENTRANCE TEST DAY (Year 7 and Sixth Form): Saturday 25th November 2017 (to be confirmed)

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GCSE results day was a fantastic day for Year 11 girls at Croydon High School who celebrated nearly a third of all girls achieving straight A-A* grades and 28% awarded the top A* grade. 8% of GCSE grades at A* and 86% A*-B.

An impressively large number of girls, 28% of the year group, were awarded a straight run of A and A*grades. Read more here

New Headmistress, Emma Pattison, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our girls for the stunning effort and determination which has gone into achieving these results and also to recognise the support of their parents and the dedication of the teaching staff here at Croydon High. It is a privilege to be joining a school where the parents, staff and girls all work so hard to ensure the girls triumph on results’ day.” 

At A Level, once again, Croydon High School has maintained its local reputation for excellent academic results with a 100% pass rate at A Level and over 94% of students achieving A* - C grades. Read more here.

Our school is always proud of the academic results achieved by the girls but this year stood out due to wide variety of choices this cohort has made – both in their subject options and their post sixth- form destinations. Debbie Leonard, who takes up a new post as Head of The Grange School in Cheshire in September, said:

“This year group have particularly excelled in their ability to take on leadership roles within the school, seeking out work experience and networking opportunities and managing to maintain their different extra-curricular interests and zest for life throughout their rigorous A Level years.” 

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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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School Guide uses official performance data published by the Department for Education to create its Star Ratings but the government statistics do not include the more academically rigorous IGCSE examinations which are taken by girls at many independent schools, including Croydon High.

Choosing to use data only relating to GCSE results ignores the high levels of performance in IGCSE. Based on our own robust reporting, which includes IGCSE grades, we have: 

96% pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades 
100% pupils achieving C or better in English and maths

This makes our school one of the best performing in  Croydon and, if the government included IGCSEs in their performance tables, we would be a 5-star school on School Guide.  We are currently Not Rated, which is distinct from a zero or low rating, as our results would not create a fair picture of academic excellence. 

While the majority of schools in the maintained sector follow the standard GCSE courses, schools like Croydon High School have the ‘independence’ to offer greater breadth, using curricula whose examinations are more suited to very able students and offer them an arguably better preparation for those subjects they will continue to study at A level.

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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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