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Croydon High in a Nutshell.

Croydon High School is located in Selsdon, three miles to the south of Croydon town centre in beautiful rolling grounds in the Surrey green belt.  The school provides modern purpose built accommodation with wonderful sports facilities, including floodlit netball and tennis courts, swimming pool and a sports pavilion overlooking the floodlit all-weather surface hockey pitch.   Our Drama, Music and Art facilities are equally impressive, with opportunities for the girls to discover passions for these subjects – and much more - both within and outside of the curriculum.

The Ethos

Croydon High School aims to provide academic challenge, extensive enrichment and a unique education for remarkable girls

The school provides a learning experience that is characterised by academic adventure and wide ranging opportunities to excel.

We aim to achieve that crucial balance between challenge and personalised support, delivered by a passionate and dedicated staff body for whom the girls are always the first priority.

We work together with a common purpose; to ensure that girls joining Croydon High will leave us as confident, engaged, compassionate and ambitious young women.

The History

The school was founded in 1874 and is a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, which is a family of 26 schools, able to share expertise and resources.

Croydon High’s Ivy Link association unites the alumnae, former staff and friends of Croydon High and provides an outstanding network of support for the school and our girls. Careers advice, networking opportunities and mentoring are just some of the ways that our alumnae give back to the school – a powerful gift as our former pupils have swelled the ranks of politics, business, medicine, the arts, sports and many other aspirational professions.

Pastoral Care

Croydon High School is a multi-ethnic, supportive, and caring community with a reputation for outstanding pastoral care.  Every girl is understood for the person she is and will become. She is supported through her challenges, and her accomplishments are celebrated.

Form tutors, working with the Deputy Heads and Heads of Year in the senior school, are always available to offer help, advice or, simply, a listening ear to each girl.

Heads of Year also know their individual year group of girls extremely well; they oversee the care of the group and help the form tutors as the girls develop.

Dedicated and experienced Year 7 tutors help girls to settle initially and the school encourages peer mentoring through its ‘Big Sister’ buddying programme, matching every Year 7 girls with an older girl in Year 10 who will have specifically applied and been coached to take on this important role.

Girls are encouraged to seek advice from any member of staff of their choice, the school nurse, school counsellor or their Sixth Form prefect.

The Deputy Head (Academic) maintains an overview of the academic progress of each girl and is always happy to discuss academic issues with parents. We have individualised target setting, monitoring, and termly reporting to parents, with a full report at the end of the year.

We have a thriving House system at Croydon High with the whole school divided into four Houses:  Curie, blue; Garrett, red; Eliot, green; and Seacole, yellow, with a Head of each House. The Houses are named after prominent and inspirational women in the fields of Science, Medicine and Politics, Literature and Pioneering Nursing during the Crimean War.

We offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities; the girls are encouraged to take on at least two extra-curricular activities every term but in practice, many of them do far more as there is so much to choose from!     

Visiting the School

Our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 7th October 2017 from 9.30am until 12.30pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet staff and our students, but if you would also like to see the school on an ordinary working day we will be happy to arrange a personal tour at a time to suit you.  

Admission Procedure for Year 7 (2018)

Application forms should be received by 27th October 2017 for 2018 entry.

We hold a Taster Day for current Year 6 girls to give them the opportunity to spend a Saturday morning in school experiencing some Year 7 style lessons, with the emphasis on fun and friendship.  All girls who have registered to sit our Entrance Examination will automatically be invited to Taster Day, which this year will take place on Saturday 26th November 2017.

Our Entrance Examination will be held on 9th December 2017, and consists of assessment in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning.  

Practice papers will be available to all applicants during October 2017.  All girls are automatically considered for academic scholarships, which are awarded to the girls who perform best in the Entrance Examination. 

There are also Drama, Music, Sports and Art and Design scholarships for which separate applications must be made by 3rd November 2017

Assessment for these scholarships will take place on 3rd and 4th January 2018

A limited number of Bursary places are offered every year.  Unfortunately, demand for these awards always exceeds the funding available.

Every bursary application is means tested and awarded on the basis of academic performance in the Entrance Examination. Full details are on our web site or can be obtained from our Admissions Registrar.

We take the time to consider every application very carefully and also carry out scholarship assessments after Christmas. For this reason, though testing takes place in December, offers of places will be made in writing by the end of January.

Transport Information

We offer a number of dedicated return minibus services,. Full details of the route, timings and cost are available from our Admissions Registrar. A summary of all our transport links can be found HERE.

Alternatively, we have off street "drop-off" and "pick up" points for pupils not on public or school transport links. We also have a cycle rack for pupils who wish to cycle to school.

Induction

An induction day will be held in June for all girls who have accepted offers of a place in the school.  The girls enjoy a range of activities within their September form groups. They will meet their form tutor and the sixth formers who will be responsible for helping them when they arrive. 

Parents are also invited into school to meet the Headmistress, Deputy Heads, Head of Year 7.

Shortly after the girls join us in September, we take the entire year group away for a week of activities in Devon.  They leave as individuals, many with considerable trepidation.  They return after a week as a confident, cohesive group of friends, having had enormous fun and having grown as young people.  We find that the trip makes an enormous and enduring difference to the progress and attitudes of our Year 7 group.   

“When I went to Skern in Devon, I had a lot of fun.  I think it was a good idea to have it at the beginning of Year 7 because lots of people were new, so, by having a trip you get to know people.”

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