Croydon High School

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Croydon High School
Motto Aim high, Aim for Croydon High
Established 1874
Type Independent day school
Headmistress Mrs Emma Pattison
Location Old Farleigh Road
South Croydon
Greater London
51°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
Local authority Croydon
DfE number 306/6081
DfE URN 101845 Tables
Students 630~
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18
Colours Blue     

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 was a direct grant grammar school until the abolition of the scheme and the tripartite system during the 1970s.


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) 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
  • 2010-2016 Mrs Debbie Leonard
  • 2016- Mrs Emma Pattison


  1. ^ Senior School House System Archived 2012-07-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "<学校紹介>" (Archive). The Japanese Saturday School of London. Retrieved on April 5, 2015. - See "9.校舎 "
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ List of past headmistresses courtesy of the librarian, Croydon High School GDST

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