Croydon High School

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Old Farleigh Road
South Croydon
020 8260 7500
3 - 18
Girls only
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths

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3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
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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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“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 & events from Croydon High School

Last update: 11 February 2020



You are warmly invited to visit our school with its impressive history and its reputation for providing outstanding education for girls. Our successful Open Event was held in the autumn term.  

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

Junior School

Visiting the Junior School is an important part of the decision making process. Whether this is your daughter’s first step in to Nursery or Reception or if she is transferring from another school, this is your opportunity to see first-hand all that Croydon High Juniors can offer her.

Please contact our Junior Admissions Team to find out more or to book an appointment:

Clare Macmillan
Telephone 020 8260 7572
[email protected]


Senior & Sixth Form

With Senior and Sixth Form entry, we recommend visiting the school either on an Open Day or with a personal tour on a working day, giving you the chance to meet our inspirational teachers and to see how the school community works together.

We are always happy to organise individual Taster Days, where girls can join their year group and enjoy the full Croydon High experience.

We have various “open events” as listed below. To streamline the process for you, it is advisable to “pre-register” (see below), but you can also register on arrival.

Key Dates for 2020/21

Senior School Open Evening: Thursday 21 May 2020 (18.00 – 20.00)

Sixth Form Summer Taster Day: Friday 22  May 2020. 

Whole School Open Morning: Saturday 10 October 2020 (09.30 – 12.30)

Sixth Form Open Evening: Tuesday 13 October 2020 (19.00 – 21.00)

Year 7 Application deadline: Monday 9 November 2020

Year 7 and Year 9 Bursary and Scholarship application deadline: Monday 9 November 2020

Year 7 Taster Afternoon: Saturday 28 November 2020 (14.00 – 17.00)

Sixth Form Entrance Test: Saturday 28 November (13.30 – 17.00)

Year 7 Performance Scholarship Assessments: w/c 30 November 2020

Year 7 Entrance Test day (to be confirmed): Tuesday 5 January 2021

Year 9 Entrance Test Day: Friday 12 February 2021

Senior School Open Evening: Thursday 20 May 2021


Personal tours are also now available. We would be delighted to arrange a time for you to visit with your daughter. 

Please click on the link below to arrange a private visit.

For our Nursery and Junior School, please visit our website via the links on this page. 

Registration Forms and more information her >>


The Class of 2019 have much to celebrate at Croydon High this summer with almost half of all grades awarded being A* or A.

These girls had already shown signs of great work ethic and the capacity for independent study, when an impressive 83% of the cohort achieved A* or A grades for the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification.

In a year group of diverse interest and ambition, Croydon High girls are heading off on many different paths secure in the knowledge that their hard work has paid off and they have achieved their goals.

Headmistress, Emma Pattison is not only extremely proud of the academic achievements of our girls but also of the individual journeys they have taken. “Behind every set of A level results, there is a story and this is what we celebrate on Results Day. Every single girl has been working towards an individual dream, and, with the support of their teachers and their families, they are now well on the way to realising them. Their ambitions are as unique as the girls themselves and it is a real hallmark of Croydon High that we are able to first encourage and then facilitate such diversity of interest.”

The school is delighted to report that nearly 60% of students will be taking up places at one of the prestigious Russell Group universities and equally proud of those who have chosen to follow different paths, including a highly competitive apprenticeship or on more specialist courses in subjects they are passionate about.

Read more about our A Level results >>


Croydon High celebrates another outstanding year at GCSE for their all-round high achievers.

  • Over 50% of exams taken awarded A* Grades or equivalent
  • Nearly ¾ of all examinations awarded the top grades A/A* or numbered equivalent
  • Almost 40% of Croydon High girls awarded straight A or A* grades

Headmistress Emma Pattison said, “We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating these impressive GCSE results, achieved by a group of aspirational and inspirational young women.   As teachers, we recognise the hard work, dedication and focus that the girls have shown and I would also like to publicly recognise all the staff here at Croydon High for their dedication and tireless support of each and every girl.

It is also a day to acknowledge the care and encouragement given to the girls by their families throughout what can often be a stressful time.

GCSEs results are all about opening doors and these girls have certainly given themselves every opportunity to go on to build fulfilling and exciting futures for themselves.”

Read about our wonderful students' results here >>

Latest news from our 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 >>

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.

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