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Welcome to Croydon High Senior School
Croydon High Senior School is an independent girls school based in Selsdon, East Surrey for girls aged 11-18.
A Croydon High Seniors, your daughter will be part of a community that values academic achievement, personal growth, and a commitment to fostering well-rounded individuals. At Croydon High, we believe in providing a dynamic and enriching educational experience that prepares students for a successful future.
Step 1 – Visit us
We are always happy to welcome visitors to the Senior School, whether on an Open Day or, by appointment, for a personal tour when you will be able to have a one to one meeting with our Head, Annabel Davies.
We offer Taster Days from Year 5 onwards for girls applying to join us in Year 7.
If you would like to find out more, please contact our Admissions Team who will be happy to answer any questions.
Step 2 – Apply
If you are ready to apply to our Senior School, please complete the on-line application form here.
Please be aware that we will require a non-refundable registration fee of £100 to be paid by credit or debit card on submission of this form. If you are unable to make the payment in this way, please contact us before completing the form.
If you have any questions, please call us on +44 (0)20 8260 7543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A deposit of £750 is chargeable when you accept a place and this will be held until the end of your daughter’s final term in the school. Unfortunately this cannot be refunded if the place is not taken up for any reason.
Step 3 – Assessment
Would you like to find out more about joining Year 7 and our unique approach to testing? The aim of our assessment process for Year 7 is to find out how girls think and learn, rather than what they know. We want to find out what they could achieve at Croydon High, rather than what they have already achieved.
The whole process is intended to enable girls to feel comfortable, to reduce pressure and to give them a platform where they can shine.
Girls will be tested using an adaptive online test, completed on the day. Adaptive means it responds to their answers and gets harder each time they get a question right so each experience is personalised and unique. This test is designed to assess ability in skills such as numeracy, problem solving and vocabulary. There is no special preparation required and no practice papers are available as they are simply not necessary for this form of testing.
In addition, we will also be carrying out a teaching activity as part of our testing process after which the girls will be asked to complete a task based on the skills and content taught in the session. This also gives us an opportunity to interact with the girls, individually, in an informal non-interview process. We believe that this method of testing assesses natural rather than rehearsed ability in key skills and will enable us to analyse the potential of every girl as opposed to the amount of preparation and revision she has undertaken.
In short, rather than assess what our applicants know and how well they have been trained for Entrance Tests, we are much more interested in finding out how they think and how they respond to engaging teaching.
Meet the Head
If you wish to arrange for a meeting with our Head, please contact our admissions team on: email@example.com – they will be happy to arrange a suitable time.
Scholarships and bursaries
All girls are automatically considered for academic scholarships, which are awarded to those who perform best across the on-line and teaching based assessments. No separate application is necessary.
Academic Scholarships for Year 7 Entry will be awarded on the basis of performance in the Entrance test. Deadlines and dates can be found on THIS PAGE
Music, Art & Design, Drama and Sports scholarships Information and entry forms will be available from the Admissions Registrar from Summer 2022.
A limited number of these are available to girls joining the school in Year 7 who would not otherwise be able to benefit from Croydon High School education. Bursaries are means tested and the value of the bursary is related to the income and financial resources of the girl’s family.
The award of a Bursary is at the Headmistress’s discretion based on a girl’s performance in the entrance test and interview. The online Bursary forms will be available to be completed once the application has been received by the Admissions Registrar. The deadline for bursary applications is in November each year.
Post-entry bursaries may be awarded to girls whose families suffer unexpected financial difficulties, and are no longer able to pay the fees in full.
Parents should inform the school, at the time of their application, of any specific learning difficulty or disability, and by enclosing with the registration form any Educational Psychologist’s Report.
Find out more about scholarships and bursaries here.
Step 4 – Offers
Offers of places will be made in writing by the end of January each year