Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School

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Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School
Established 1848
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Sister Bernadette
Location 147 Central Hill, Upper Norwood
SE19 1RS
Coordinates: 51°25′17″N 0°05′40″W / 51.42150°N 0.09450°W / 51.42150; -0.09450
Local authority Croydon
DfE URN 131280 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 642
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18

Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School, is a Roman Catholic voluntary aided secondary school located in the London Borough of Croydon, England. The school is for girls aged 11–19. The school is situated within extensive grounds at Upper Norwood, South London. The school has a strong Catholic doctrine and the religious ideals of the foundress influences the school's ethos and educational methods.

The convent is part of the Congregation of Our Lady of Fidelity, an international Roman Catholic religious organisation, consisting of over seventy (70) Sisters worldwide. It was founded in France in 1831, where its Generalate is located at La Deliverande, Normandy.


The school building was originally a hunting lodge belonging to the Earls of Bristol. Later, during the eighteenth century, the building became Norwood House, the residence of the notable socialite Mary Nesbitt, King George III is reputed to have stayed there.[citation needed]

Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School was founded on 14 September 1848 by Mother Saint Mary (Henriette le Forestier d'Osseville; 1803–1858) under the patronage of Cardinal Wiseman and with funds provided by her father, Count Theodose le Forestier d'Osseville. Hearing of the needs of Catholic orphan children on London's Victorian streets, she sought funding and support from the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican, building the first Catholic Orphanage in England since the reformation and forming the eldest of the French Order's daughter house's, the Congregation of Our Lady of Fidelity (Upper Norwood, London). It has also been known as the Orphanage and Convent at Upper Norwood, Virgo Fidelis Convent Schools and Our Lady's School.[citation needed]

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