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School is now, think most, back to the road more travelled, bounded by the familiar trappings and traditions that were its pre-Dr Harris hallmark. Splendidly multi-cultural, spanning the gamut of faiths, cultures and backgrounds and seemingly an accurate reflection of the local area rather than gated ghetto for privileged Caucasians. For majority of parents, though, the charm of the school trumps the area. Variations of ‘girls are so privileged to be here and they just don’t appreciate it,’ were heard more…

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What the school says...

First and foremost Old Palace is a place of learning, but for each girl who comes here, Old Palace will also be a key contributor in her development as a compassionate, capable and confident individual, prepared to address the challenges presented to her as she makes her own contribution to society.

In addition to a first class academic education we also promote leadership, independence, integrity and an ambition to achieve. Old Palace has something to inspire every young woman ranging from football to astronomy.

Old Palace is a unique school in an exceptional and inspiring setting steeped in history as recorded from 896AD. It is this which enables us to identify, encourage and nurture the special qualities of each and every individual entrusted to us. Our surroundings stimulate girls to develop and flourish in ways beyond the reach of a conventional education. For example, not every girls school in the country can boast the opportunity to sing cathedral repertoire every week in Croydon Minster, our next door neighbour at Old Palace.

Old Palace is blessed with magnificent buildings, enthusiastic, highly motivated staff and a sound ethos of social awareness. For all who embrace the many opportunities presented, Old Palace will reward them with a happy, memorable and empowering education.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Italian at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Mrs Carol Jewell, MA PGCE DipEd NPQH CSBM (50s). Preceded by a brief spell as acting head and a longish one as deputy, a role she took on in 2005, having originally joined the school in 1997 as director of music. Before that, had assorted teaching roles in a ‘tiny’ London sixth form college, a Banbury comprehensive and then (after a spell in Wales) at top-rated St George’s School back home in Edinburgh (she’s Scottish born and bred) where she achieved first senior management role, before heading south again. Rambling cross-country route (even Virgin Trains would shun the franchise) was dictated by husband’s burgeoning career, first in further education, then IT. ‘I was always following on – it’s one of those inevitable things,’ she says, matter of factly.


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Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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