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One needs a certain amount of determination to reach the school amidst flyovers, terraces, ring-roads and tram-lines it’s an urban mash up that makes stepping inside the school walls a huge relief. Once inside the grade I listed old palace, offers wonderful spaces such as a beautiful chapel and a great hall with the finest hammered ceiling in southern England. We had to admit to some disappointment on finding... 

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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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Headmistress

Since 2011, Carol Jewell (60s), MA PGCE Dip Ed NPQH CSMB. Proceeded 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 as director of music in 1997. Before that, assorted teaching roles in a London sixth form college, a Banbury comprehensive and then (after a spell in Wales) at top-rated St George’s School in Edinburgh.

Every inch the perfect head for this school imbued with its rich history, she says: ‘I’m a traditionalist, all about good manners and courtesy’. But left behind by the times she is not. Having considered every educational philosophy or buzz word one might care to mention, she has her own take on it and how it might be relevant...

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Special Education Needs

10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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