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  • Coloma Convent Girls' School
    Upper Shirley Road
    CR9 5AS
  • Head: Sue Collins
  • T 020 8654 6228
  • F 020 8656 6485
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Croydon
  • Pupils: 1,069; sixth formers: 280
  • 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
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th September 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 with 'World Class Schools' Status, currently enjoying the celebrations for its 150th anniversary.

Academic results place the school at the top of national league tables. The results of the 2018 GCSE cohort placed the school as the top all girls Catholic comprehensive school in the country according to The Sunday Times league tables. The rich mix of academic opportunities in curriculum subjects which creates this success is balanced by the school's highly regarded caring ethos. The strength of the pastoral care means not only that every pupil matters, but that the pupils extend their concern to others who are in any kind of need. This is illustrated by "Charities Weeks" which raises 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 which includes choirs (of up to 500 girls), many instrumental groups, school productions, debating and a large number of successful sporting teams across a variety of sports as well as numerous other groups and activities.

The Sixth Form is consistently placed in the top 5% nationally for student progress by ALPS. 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, 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.
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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 2019, Sue Collins, previously deputy head. She joined the school in 2004, becoming head of sixth form, assistant head and then deputy head in 2015. A Coloma sixth former herself, she studied maths at Liverpool and a PGCE at Roehampton Institute. Began her teaching career at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove, moving on to a range of schools including Northampton School for Boys, Riddlesdown Collegiate and Croydon High School. She has also taught adult education evening classes, been a supply teacher at the International School in Amsterdam and completed a masters in education from the OU and a diploma in Catholic leadership from St Mary's University.

In her spare time, she enjoys music, theatre, gardening, walking and 'occasional, tentative cycling'.


Five-form entry – total of 150 in year 7....

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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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