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  • The Holy Cross School
    25 Sandal Road
    New Malden
    KT3 5AR
  • Head: Mrs McConn-Finch
  • T 020 8395 4225
  • F 020 8395 4234
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 980; sixth formers: 213 (in partnership with Richard Challoner)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th May 2022
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Religious dimension ever present – a cross formed from coloured glass blocks in sixth form centre contrasts with older stained glass in entrance hall – and never apologetically. Catholicism remains defining part of school life, with RS taken at GCSE by all, and compulsory part of sixth form education. School that doesn’t stint on detail - new head girl’s name already on honours board early in autumn term. ‘Treat every individual in holistic way,’ said parent. ‘It’s not just about the academic progress, you get sense that…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2012.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2021, Mrs Dervla McConn-Finch, previously deputy head. She previously worked at Oaklands Catholic School as head of year and head of Spanish and then assistant headteacher. Degree in Italian and Spanish from Queen's University Belfast, plus a diploma in Catholic school leadership from St Mary's University College.


Securing one of the heavily oversubscribed 150 year 7 places a doddle as long as you meet the criteria (Catholic trumps all, with priority, after looked-after Catholic children, given to regular - ideally weekly - and priest-endorsed attendance at mass) and remember to fill out the right forms (supplementary information as well as standard common application). One member of staff thought non-Catholics might stand slightly better chance applying for in-year place, but we’d suspect slightly forlorn hope in a school which attracts applicants from almost 50 different...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The Holy Cross School is an inclusive school. All students, irrespective of ability, are offered a broad and balanced curriculum. Holy Cross has due regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 Years; following the statutory guidance for working with and supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Students identified as having special educational needs are given appropriate help and support. This might be adult support in lessons, teaching in small groups, withdrawal to work outside the classroom either individually or in a very small group. This support may be offered for a short time as required or for the whole school career. Where necessary, help is sought from outside agencies for example speech and language therapists and educational psychologists. The special needs and disability co-ordinator, teachers and learning support staff work closely with parents as well as students who need help. The school offers a challenging curriculum to ensure that the needs of gifted and talented students are recognised and met. All students have access to the national curriculum and are fully integrated into the extra-curricular life of the school.

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 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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

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