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About Us

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:

  • A new purpose designed Post-16 building
  • State of the art Performing Arts accommodation
  • An extensive refurbishment to the Design & Technology area
  • A new purpose designed Food Technology suite

We are very proud of our school and the students who 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 examination results have shown a consistent improvement. We are also very proud of our Performing Arts School Specialism. 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 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.

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 20% in 2010 and then in the top 15% in 2011. 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, second in summer 2015 and in the final DfE tables for 2016 we were placed top school in the country for progression on ‘Applied General’ courses. These are achievements we are justifiably very proud of.

In 2017 KS4 examination results, 8% of students achieved 5 x A*-A grades; 56% 5 x A*-C (67% 9-4 in English and 51% 9-4 in Maths) and 97.5% of students achieved 5 x A*-G.  In 2018 7% of students achieved 5 x ‘9-7’ grades; 54% 5 x 9-4 (71% 9-4 in English and 56% 9-4 in Maths) and 98.3% of students achieved 5 x 9-1 grades. 

At Key Stage 5 our first Post-16 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).  These 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 Year 13 meeting or exceeding ALPS. In 2016 we exceeded even this exam performance with a 100% pass at A level, 86% of which were A*-C; 100% pass at BTEC Extended Diploma 100% of which were Distinction*/Distinction with an overall Post-16 Student Performance ALPs grade of Red 2 (top 10%) for the third year.  In 2017 we achieved a 99.5% pass at A Level (83% A*-C) and a 100% pass at BTEC (84% Distinction* /Distinction).  This has resulted in the school being graded ALPs Red 2 (top 10%) at both A Level and BTEC for value added for another year.  In 2018 we achieved a 100% pass at A Level (76% A*-C, 92% A*-D) and a 100% pass at BTEC (85% Distinction*/Distinction).  This has resulted in the school being graded ALPs Red 1 (top 1%) for BTEC and ALPs Red 3 A Level (top 25%) for value added for another 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 from 2015 every year we have been 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 T D Myton