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Fourteen staff have been with the school for more than 10 years - a strong team who pull together, we heard. ‘The teaching staff are always so supportive of the children. They never say they cannot do something. Instead they encourage and support them to achieve their goals,' said a parent. There are plenty of sports fixtures for girls from year 3 upwards, and the ethos is...


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Old Palace Pre School & Preparatory (ages 3-11) is an academically selective school set within beautiful grounds in South Croydon. The School enjoys extensive facilities and is conveniently situated for Lloyd Park tram stop; alternatively, our fleet of mini buses covers a radius of 10 miles. Girls join our Pre School from the term they turn three and transfer to the Prep School is automatic. We pride ourselves on being a caring and supportive school where girls can learn within an inclusive and nurturing environment. Diversity and the well-being of our pupils is very much celebrated. Our creative curriculum brings learning to life through our engaging, thematic approach and we promote both independence and collaborative learning skills - ensuring the highest outcomes in all areas of the curriculum. ...Read more

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Head of preparatory

Since February 2020, Laura Nike.


Entrance into pre-pre at 3+, with automatically entry into prep. Prep school entry is from 4+, when prospective families are invited to a meeting and tour of the school with the head, followed by an assessment. We’ve previously described the intake as ‘oversubscribed’, but with two applicants for each place it’s something of a breeze compared with schools even a fraction closer to central London. A fair few newcomers join the prep in other years and are quickly absorbed, with firm friendships quickly established, say pupils.

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