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  • Coloma Convent Girls' School
    Upper Shirley Road
    CR9 5AS
  • Head: Jackie Johnson
  • T 020 8654 6228
  • F 020 8656 6485
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Croydon
  • Pupils: 1,105; sixth formers: 340
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: Contact the school
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 1st October 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 28th September 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘Gives the children all the opportunities,’ said parent. Every day jam-packed with total fulfillment for arty, active or both – helped by flourishing parents’ association that’s stumped up for new laser cutter for DT department (works wonders on wood) and refurbishment of two grand pianos (the two aren’t connected). No resting on laurels. Even quiz former pupils on what could be improved – uni-standard referencing techniques, for example, recently added to sixth form curriculum. Girls as spick and span as the premises, non-negotiable school uniform policy...

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What the school says...

Coloma is a highly successful school and has been praised by many throughout its history of 148 years. The results of the 2016 GCSE cohort placed the school as the top all girls Catholic state school in the country according to The Sunday Times league tables. In addition to academic success, Coloma has many other achievements. The strength of our pastoral care means not only that every pupil matters, but that the pupils extend their concern for others who are in any kind of need. This is well illustrated by charities weeks which raise a substantial amount of money for good causes through lunchtime concerts and a variety of other fundraising events. Equally there is a rich and varied extracurricular tradition including several choirs (of up to 500 girls), many instrumental groups, large numbers of successful sporting teams across a variety of sports and many other groups and activities. We have a rich mix of opportunities in curriculum subjects and is highly regarded for its caring ethos. Students have a track record of success in gaining places on top courses at top universities and continuing to successful careers in medicine, law, business, education and other professions. Equally importantly, however, girls leave Coloma with a sense of values based on Christian teachings, skills and community that equip all students, whether Catholic or not, for the wider aspects of a happy and fulfilling life. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 1 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 2 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 3 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Music Performance: Group at an English Comprehensive School (Grade 4 Music or Dance)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking German at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Jackie Johnson, who joined the school in January 2016 as associate head. History and theology degree from Birmingham and a PGCE from St Mary's Twickenham; she has taught history and RE in a range of Catholic schools. Before joining the school she was executive principal of the Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools in east London, and has also been head of St Philomena's Catholic High. She is married to Phil and they have two grown up daughters. Interests range from walking and attending matches at Watford Football Club to Old Testament and liberation theology.

Academic matters

Consistently one of top comprehensives in the country for results and progress, achieved through blend of top teaching, forensic (and largely behind the scenes) analysis and, school’s secret ingredient, exceptional choice for pupils. Everyone, high achiever...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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