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The Best Secondary Schools in Croydon
December, 2017

The Best Secondary Schools in Croydon

If you have a young family and are looking for somewhere to live in the Croydon area, you may find the choice of secondary schools overwhelming. Choosing the right school can feel very stressful, and is likely to be one of the biggest decisions you make for your child’s future.

Recently released Government league tables show the best (and worst) performing schools in Croydon. Using this data coupled, with the ShineRocks School Search feature, it's easier than ever to find your dream home nearby to a top performing school.

How the schools performed

The best school in the Croydon area according to the recent Government survey was Harris Academy in Purley, with an impressive score of +0.67 (well above national averages). The schools were all measured on their Progress 8 scores, which analyse the progress of pupils between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and when they finish secondary school (key stage 3). Progress 8 scores are determined by pupils’ results in up to eight different subjects; usually including maths, three sciences, history, English, computer science, languages and geography plus three other qualifications. A rating above or below zero is then awarded, with higher scores reflecting more progress made on average than pupils who achieved similar results at key stage 2 and lower scores reflecting less progress being made.

Harris Academy Upper Norwood came next with 0.64, followed by Coloma Convent Girls’ School with 0.6, Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls with 0.57, Harris City Academy in Crystal Palace with 0.55, the Quest Academy with 0.49, the Riddlesdown Collegiate with 0.35, Oasis Academy Shirley Park with 0.34, Harris Academy South Norwood with 0.24 and Woodcote High School with 0.24. All of these schools performed above the national average.

Schools performing in Progress 8 scores considered average were St. Joseph’s College with 0.15, The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy with -0.03, Thomas More Catholic School with -0.07, Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England High School with -0.08 and Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School with -0.2.

Schools whose Progress 8 rated them below average were; BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology with -0.21, St. Mary’s Catholic High School with -0.28, Orchard Park High with -0.35, Shirley High School Performing Arts College with -0.36, St. Andrew’s Church of England Voluntary Aided High School with -0.61 and Meridian High School with -0.69.

Pick a school, and then find nearby properties

If you have a particular interest in any one of these schools, we have created a School Search feature which makes it simple to search for a nearby property. Enter the name of the school as well as your property requirements to find the available properties in the area that match your exact needs. For further information on Croydon secondary schools, check out our guide to living in Croydon here.

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