Croydon High School

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Croydon High School
Croydon High School and playing fields (geograph 2694836).jpg
Croydon High School and playing fields
Old Farleigh Road

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Coordinates51°20′28″N 0°03′41″W / 51.3411°N 0.0615°W / 51.3411; -0.0615Coordinates: 51°20′28″N 0°03′41″W / 51.3411°N 0.0615°W / 51.3411; -0.0615
TypeIndependent day school
MottoMay Her Character and Talents Inspire Others
Local authorityCroydon
Department for Education URN101845 Tables
HeadmistressMrs Emma Pattison
Age3 to 18

Croydon High School is an independent day school for girls located near Croydon, London, England. It is one of the original schools founded by the Girls' Day School Trust.


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 has been an independent girls school aiming to educate young girls since its foundation in 1874.


Girls entering the school are assigned to one of the four houses.[1]

House Colour

Weekend programmes[edit]

The Japanese Saturday School of London, a weekend Japanese programme, uses the Girls' School as its Croydon Campus (クロイドン校舎 Kuroidon Kōsha).[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]


Past headmistresses[5]

  • 1874–1901 Miss Dorinda Neligan (1833–1914)[6]
  • 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
  • 2010–2016 Mrs Debbie Leonard
  • 2016– Mrs Emma Pattison


  1. ^ Senior School House System Archived 10 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "<学校紹介>" (Archive). The Japanese Saturday School of London. Retrieved 5 April 2015. – See "9.校舎 "
  3. ^ Cowman, Krista (2007). Women of the Right Spirit: paid organisers of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) 1904–18. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 25, 222. ISBN 9780719070020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ List of past headmistresses courtesy of the librarian, Croydon High School GDST
  6. ^ The Women's Suffrage Movement

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