Croydon High School for Girls GDST 克罗顿中学, GDST Old
Farleigh Road, Selsdon, South Croydon,
Surrey CR2 8YB
Tel: 020 8651 5020 Fax: 020 8657 5413
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 828, Upper sixth 73
• Termly fees £2243–£2883
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1874, it moved to its present site on the outskirts of
Croydon in 1966. This comprises a modern purpose-built school surrounded
by large, spacious, landscaped grounds. It is extremely well-equipped.
The emphasis is on all-round education, including not only the academic
curriculum and personal and social education but an impressive programme
of extra-curricular activities. Good communication between home and
school are greatly valued. The teaching is well known to be very good.
Academic standards are high and examination results excellent. It is
particularly strong in music and in drama. Sport and games are played to
high standards (many county and national representatives). There is a
big commitment to local community schemes and the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 828 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 550 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 4, 5, 7, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 7 GCSEs at least grade C (at least 31 points in best 5
subjects). Good academic ability required; no religious requirements.
30% of new senior intake from state schools; many from own junior
(enquiries to tel 020 8651 3137).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 10+ pa scholarships (academic,
music), value up to 50% fees, awarded at 11 and 16; awards of £150 for
sport, languages, humanities, sciences, art. About 12 bursaries at entry
(at 11 and 16); plus some for girls whose parents’ financial
circumstances change. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Lorna M Ogilvie, in post from 1998. Educated at Mary
Erskine and at the universities of Edinburgh and Calgary, Canada
(geography). Previously Head Mistress of St Margaret’s School, Aberdeen,
Assistant Head Teacher at Morrison’s Academy, Head of Geology and Sixth
Form Housemistress at Royal Russell. Also former chairman GSA Scottish
Region, Governing Body of Scottish Council for Independent Schools and
of Board of SQA; current member of GSA Council and Chair of Membership
Teaching staff: 56 full time teaching staff, 19 part time. Annual
turnover less than 10%.
GCSE: In 2003, 84 pupils in Year 11; 100% gained grade C or above in 6+
subjects. Average GCSE score 63 (62 over 5 years).
A-levels: 86 in upper sixth: 20% passed in 4+ subjects; 80% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 387.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (11% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 21% took
courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 33% in science &
engineering, 46% in arts, humanities & social sciences. Others typically
go on to art, music or drama colleges.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (some 3 or 5),
3–4 at A-level; general studies is not taken. Approx 25% take science/maths
A-levels, 25% arts/humanities; 50% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level.
Regular exchanges to France, Germany and Spain.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. 100
computers for pupil use (7 hours a day), all networked and with email
and internet access (filtered); many science students also use laptops.
All pupils take short GCSE IT course.
Music: Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 10+ musical groups including 4 orchestras, wind band,
brass ensemble, jazz group, 4 choirs, ad hoc choirs, chamber groups,
popular groups etc – most weekly groups have 30+ members.
Drama & dance: Drama and dance offered. GCSE and A-level drama, Poetry
Society, LAMDA, Guildhall exams may be taken. All pupils are involved in
school productions and majority in other productions. Successful Theatre
in Education group.
Art & design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 10 A-level. Regular entrants to
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball, hockey, dance, gym, tennis, athletics, swimming
compulsory. Optional: rounders, volleyball, basketball, badminton, table
tennis, aerobics. Sixth form only: lifesaving. Netball umpiring exams
may be taken. National netball and swimming finalists; national
representatives in a variety of sports, county reps in netball, hockey,
tennis, squash, swimming, gymnastics, cross-country, athletics.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service compulsory for 1 term at age 16+, optional
otherwise. 15–20 clubs, eg computer, design and technology, chess,
debating, drama, sports, UN, Young Enterprise, World Challenge.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: No competitive houses. Prefects, 5 senior prefects and
2 head girls, elected by staff and senior girls. School Council.
Religion: Non-denominational. All pupils attend daily assembly.
Social: Activities joint with Trinity and Whitgift boys’ schools.
Exchange trips, educational courses, study trips, and ski trips abroad.
Meals self-service. Second-hand uniform shop. No tobacco or alcohol
Discipline In any disciplinary actions parents are always closely
involved. For example, pupils failing to produce homework would expect a
letter home at the third instance.
Alumni association is run by Mrs M Knight, c/o the School.
Former pupils Baroness Seear; Marion Roe; Jill Tweedie; Jane Drew;
Wendy Savage; Jacqueline du Pré.