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Shirley High School is a successful, oversubscribed, mixed, 6 form entry, 11-18 comprehensive school, set in a pleasant residential suburb of Croydon on a site exceeding 13 acres. We have a school roll of approximately 1000.

There have been a number of improvements and additions in recent years, including:

  • New purpose designed Post-16 accommodation opened September 2013.

  • A new Food Block opened September 2011

  • An extensive refurbishment to the Design & Technology area


  • A new purpose designed Performing Arts block

  • We are very proud of our Performing Arts School Specialist status. To achieve this we had to show excellence in all areas of the curriculum and have the ability to pass on those skills to other schools.

    The school has a Christian tradition and we are very proud of our school and the students that study here. Their achievements, supported by our hard-working and committed staff, makes us the successful school that we are. The school aims to develop students for the future as they learn to achieve the highest standards of excellence in academic work and other areas of school life. The school's GCSE examination results have shown a consistent improvement and we are continually above the national average.

    The school has a reputation of being a well-ordered, happy, caring community, popular with our students and their parents/carers and is over-subscribed in the first choices from local primary schools with over 700 applications for the 180 places in Year 7. We are committed to working closely with parents/carers in the education of our students. We believe students develop best in a well-ordered environment where expectations are made clear. There are a number of co-curricular (extra-curricular) activities provided for students to ensure a broad and balanced education.

    The school places a strong emphasis on staff training: our innovative and rigorous continual professional development programme is accredited by the College of Teachers and allows staff to obtain a Certificate and/or Diploma in Educational Studies.

    Shirley High School has received a whole host of national accolades in recent years demonstrating the wide range of learning experiences available to our students. In June 2012 we were placed in the top 10% performing academies and schools by the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academy Trust) based on Key Stage 4 value-added scores for students achieving 5x A*-C including English and Maths this achievement highlighted the steady improvement made at the school as we were placed in the top 15% in 2011 and in the top 20% 2010. (Value-added scores show the progress students in a school have made between their test results at age 11 and at age 16). Similarly at Key Stage 5 we were placed by the DfE third in the country for all schools and colleges for our vocational progress score results in summer 2014 and then second in summer 2015. These are achievements we are justifiable very proud of.

    In 2016 KS4 examination results we achieved 65% 5 x A*-C (75% A*-C in English and 57% A*-C in Maths). For the last five years the school performance at level 1 and GCSE point score has been SIG+ (top 25% of schools as identified by RAISEonline 2011-2015.).

    Key Stage 5 courses taught at Shirley High School (through a franchise arrangement) from 2009 -2012 had a 100% pass rate. In March 2010 we were successfully designated as an 11-18 school and our first Yr 13 results were in 2013. We achieved excellent results in BTEC 100% passed with Merit or Distinction and 100% of students achieved A*-E at A level (55% A*-C) the se results placed us in the top 1% (Grade 1) for ALPs value added at BTEC. In 2014 and 2015 our results were similarly positive with 82% and then 89% of Y13 meeting or exceeded ALPS. This year 2016 we have exceeded even this exam performance with a 100% pass at A level 86% of which were A*-C; 100% pass at BTEC Ext. Diploma 100% of which were Dist*/Dist. This has resulted in the school being placed for the fourth year in the top 1% for ALPs value added at BTEC and an overall Student Performance ALPs grade of Red 2 (top 10%) for the third year. Following these results All Year 13 students who had applied received their first choice University.

    The school achieved Healthy School Status in December 2010 and in June 2015 we were awarded Healthy Schools London Bronze Status. We have the Kitemark Award for Community Use; are an Open University Partner School: and we were the first school in Croydon and the third in England to achieve the NAACE ICT Mark. Artsmark Gold was awarded to the school in May 2009 and re-awarded in May 2012.

    Our excellent staff are dedicated to helping our students develop their interests and skills so they can take their rightful place within our society as confident young adults.

    Mr N M Barrow, Principal
    RELATED LINKS
    Academy Documents
    Staff (Senior Leaders)
    School Governors
    School Aims
    Sixth Form Build

    Shirley High School is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales. Company No.7837778, Registered Office: Shirley High School, Shirley Church Road, Croydon, CR0 5EF, Tel: 020 8656 9755 - Fax: 020 8654 8507 - Email: Office@shirley.croydon.sch.uk