Croydon High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
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Old Farleigh Road
South Croydon
020 8260 7500
3 - 18
Girls only
Other independent school
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Independent Inspection Report
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
GCSE results at grade 9-7

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects
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

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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Croydon High School Reviews

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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: 04 October 2021


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

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: 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.

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.

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