|Motto||Learners of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow|
|Principal||Mr Gordon H. Smith|
|DfE URN||138178 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Colours||Blue, green, purple, maroon, dark blue, yellow|
Riddlesdown is a coeducational school, of 1902 students (311 of those being post–16 students). The school takes its pupils mainly from the Sanderstead, Selsdon, Purley, Kenley, New Addington and South Croydon areas, and specialises in science. Riddlesdown is the largest school in Croydon in terms of pupil numbers. In September 2009, the school's name changed from Riddlesdown High School to Riddlesdown Collegiate, featuring six colleges; four of which will hold a mixture of years 7–11, a Creative Performing Arts college and a Sixth Form college.
The college's motto is "Learners of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow" as voted for by the school's student body.
Four of the six colleges in the collegiate are 11–16 colleges with another for sixth form (16–19) and a Creative and Performing Arts College.
|College name||Age/type||Main colour|
|Creative Performing Arts||CPA||Dark blue|
In an Ofsted inspection in 2009 the majority of the results were Grade 3 (broadly average or below average), with some Grade 2 (generally above average), compared with the previous 2005 inspection, which contained mostly Grade 2 results with some Grade 1 (exceptionally and consistently high) and few Grade 3.
In 1992, Riddlesdown was the first school in Croydon to be awarded Grant Maintained status by the Secretary of State for Education, and since then about 300 pupils have been admitted to the school by the Board of Governors each year.
- School foyer built with 3 new classrooms above.
- An extension to the Science department was built, with 16 new classrooms.
- A bridge was built to join the two buildings of Humanities Faculty, now Phoenix College.
- The CPA sports facilities were extended so the sports hall is now conjoined with a new fitness room, with the College VI common room residing above.
- A small 1 classroom extension, with a glass corridor surrounding it in Aquila College.
- An extension to the CPA Drama and Music block was built, with eight new practice rooms, and two music tech class room and a separate Music technology class room in which the computer equipment needed is used. This also allowed for a performance hall to be made more accessible to all.
- Ten widescreen monitors have been placed around the school.
- An art block has been built from Portakabins with wider rooms and more space than the old block.
- A new reception has offices next to the old reception and improved first aid facilities. Work was completed in April 2010.
- A new block for cooking lessons.
- Modifications have been made to Phoenix college to allow wheelchair access to comply with Disability Discrimination Act regulations.
The uniform for years 7–10 consists of:
- A plain clip-on tie, with the colour depending on the college.
- Shirt or blouse.
- Outer blazer with school badge.
- An optional plain black jumper.
- Charcoal grey trousers or skirt.
- Black shoes.
- Black tights (girls).
- Snapback, with the colour depending on the college.
The Year 11 uniform is different with a coloured jumper or cardigan, dependent on the home college. Also, girls can wear black trousers instead of skirts. Year 11 do not wear ties.
Consultation with parents showed no interest in allowing girls to wear trousers. However, year 11 girls are allowed to wear trousers. College VI students have no dress code.
- Kate Moss, supermodel, 1985–1990
- Rickie Haywood Williams, DJ/broadcaster, 1991–1996
- Nigel Reo-Coker, footballer, 1995–2000
- Klariza Clayton, actress, 2000–2005
- Kieran Gibbs, footballer, 2001–2006