Riddlesdown Collegiate

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Riddlesdown Collegiate
Honister Heights

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Coordinates51°19′33″N 0°05′16″W / 51.32572°N 0.08791°W / 51.32572; -0.08791Coordinates: 51°19′33″N 0°05′16″W / 51.32572°N 0.08791°W / 51.32572; -0.08791
MottoLearners of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow
Department for Education URN138178 Tables
PrincipalMr S Dey
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentapprox. 1900
Colour(s)Blue, green, purple, maroon, dark blue, yellow

Riddlesdown Collegiate (formerly Riddlesdown High School) is a secondary school with academy status located in the Riddlesdown area of the London Borough of Croydon, UK.

Riddlesdown is a coeducational school, of between 1800 and 2000 students (311 of those being post–16 students)[citation needed]. 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.

In 2017, the collegiate was awarded the World-class schools award, one of about 60 in the UK.[1]

The colleges[edit]

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.

List of Colleges
College name Age/type Main colour
Aquila 11–16 Blue
Orion 11–16 Green
Pegasus 11–16 Purple
Phoenix 11–16 Red
Creative Performing Arts CPA Dark blue
College VI Post–16 Yellow/orange


In an Ofsted inspection in 2016, the school has been rated outstanding.[2]


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.

In 1996, a Sixth Form Centre was established on the site and Riddlesdown became a Voluntary Aided School under the Bourne Foundation in 1999.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Jarmyn, Luke (8 December 2017). "This Croydon school has just been named one of the best in the world". croydonadvertiser. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Ofsted report for Riddlesdown Collegiate" (PDF). Ofsted. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ Hatfield, Stefano (26 September 2005). "Stefano Hatfield On Advertising". The Independent. Independent News and Media Limited. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2008.