Croydon High School
|Type||Independent day school|
|Headmistress||Mrs D Leonard|
|Location||Old Farleigh Road
|DfE URN||101845 Tables|
The school was founded in 1874 in Wellesley Road just north of the centre of Croydon, and the first Headmistress was Dorinda Neligan. The school was evacuated to Bradden, Northamptonshire during World War II. The present building in Old Farleigh Road, Selsdon, South Croydon, Surrey was opened in 1966. It was a direct grant grammar school until the abolition of the scheme and the tripartite system during the 1970s.
Girls entering the senior school are assigned to one of the four houses.
Notable former pupils
- Dame Lilian Braithwaite DBE (1873-1948), actress (née Florence Lilian Braithwaite).
- Catherine Christian (1901 - 1985), novelist and supporter of the Girl Guide movement.
- Dame Jane Drew DBE (1911-1996), architect and town planner (née Joyce Beverly Drew).
- Jacqueline du Pré OBE (1945-1987), musician, cellist
- Josephine Elder (1895-1988), children's author (née Olive Gwendoline Potter)
- Jessie Gilbert (1987-2006), chess player
- Barbara Jones (1912-1978), artist, writer and mural painter
- Elizabeth Laird (b. 1943), children's author
- Sandra Howard (b. 1940), novelist, former model Sandra Paul
- Perin Jamsetjee Mistri (1913-1989), Indian architect
- Susanna Reid (b. 1970), BBC Breakfast presenter
- Anneka Rice (b. 1958), TV presenter (née Anne Rice)
- Dame Marion Roe DBE (b. 1936), Conservative politician
- Wendy Savage (b. 1935), obstretician and gynaecologist
- Beatrice Seear, Baroness Seear (1913-1997), known as Nancy Seear, social scientist and politician
- Jill Tweedie (1936-1993), novelist and journalist
- 1874-1901 Miss Dorinda Neligan (1833-1914) Anecdote The Women's Suffrage Movement
- 1902-1924 Miss Marion Leahy
- 1925 (Spring term) Miss Eleanor Roper, acting headmistress
- 1925-1939 Miss Ella Ransford
- 1939-1960 Miss Margaret F. Adams
- 1960-1974 Miss Elsa Cameron
- 1974-1979 Miss Agnes McMaster
- 1979-1990 Miss Agnes Mark
- 1990-1997 Mrs Pauline Davies
- 1998-2007 Miss Lorna M. Ogilvie
- 2007-2010 Mrs Zelma Braganza
- 2010- Mrs Debbie Leonard
- School Website
- Croydon High Sports Club
- Profile on GDST website
- Profile on ISC website
- ISI Inspection Reports