The National Council of Women of Great Britain was founded in 1895, a response to the unsatisfactory working conditions experienced by women at the time. It quickly developed into a nationwide network of small groups and within a couple of years was affiliated with the International Council of Women. Today the NCW aims to engage women of all ages in local, regional, and national affairs. It aims not only to hear the views of all women, but to have those views heard at the highest level of government. It is determined to make sure that discrimination is eradicated from all areas of society The National Council of Young Women provides a unique opportunity for young people of all genders, such as ourselves to learn about and discuss topical issues, relating to both women and the wider society, and to make a real contribution to improving and educating our society.

Croydon High School is the NCYW ‘s flagship school for the South England and for the last six years has organized and hosted a major conference which addresses a major topic of concern for young women. In 2018 the conference was based on gender non-conformity and the challenges faced by young people and their families dealing with this issue. The conference was, as always, led by our Sixth Form and supported by GIRES whose aim is to improve the environment in which gender non-conforming people live.

In 2019, the Conference focused on Humanising Homelessness and looked at the many and complicated factors surrounding this most topical of issues.

Sixth Formers in local schools are invited to join us for these Conferences which are always inspiring and thought provoking.