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Founded in 1874, only two years after the establishment of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Croydon High is the Trust’s second-oldest school (after Notting Hill and Ealing High). Its site, backing on to 20 acres of gently rolling, leafy Selsdon, barely qualifies as Croydon. ‘The first thing you need to know about the school,’ a mum emphasised, ‘is that it’s not in Croydon. Its name does it no favours!’ Originally based in the town centre, Croydon High took up residence in this charming pocket in 1966…

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Croydon High School offers a broad curriculum and academic strength is matched by a wide range of exciting extra-curricular opportunities. Girls are set high standards and are challenged to recognise their individual abilities and to aim to do their very best in all areas of school life. Croydon High is recognised at national level in a number of sports and renowned for high standards of performance in Music and Art. Croydon High operates one of the largest Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes in the country and sixth formers also participate bi-annually in World Challenge. Personal tours available on request to Mrs Sharon Smith, Admissions Registrar, on 020 8260 7543 ...Read more

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Since 2022, Annabel Davies PGCE NPQH, previously principal deputy head (curricular) at Harrow International School, Hong Kong. Educated at St Swithun’s and Wells Cathedral School (sixth form). A flautist, she read music at Royal Holloway before gaining a music PGCE from the Institute of Education and, later, an NPQH. Was head of music at Ravens Wood School in south Bromley (most illustrious old boy, one David Jones, later Bowie) before moving into the independent sector. Assistant head co-curricular and organisation at Surbiton High School for three years before taking a leap of faith, and continents, and heading to Harrow in Hong Kong, site unseen. ‘I was anxious about joining a school of 1500 children overseas that I’d never been to. It was a calculated risk, something we encourage the girls to take,’ says Ms...

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Special Education Needs

The school takes an active approach towards identifying and supporting pupils with specific learning needs. Diagnostic screening is given in the Junior School and in Year 7; concerns about individuals raised at a later stage are thoroughly investigated by specialist teachers. Appropriate supporting strategies, discussed with the pupil and her parents, are implemented in the classroom to ensure that each pupil achieves her full learning potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
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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