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Riddlesdown Collegiate - Updated 11/1/20

Further information about the Collegiate can be obtained from the Collegiate’s website - Link

Principal of Riddlesdown Collegiate; Mr Soumick Dey

Chief Executive - The Collegiate Trust; Mr Gordon Smith

Information for Residents

Update 12/6/16

This page covers news and information from the Riddlesdown Collegiate. Some residents will have previously known the School, by the name of Riddlesdown High School. The School changed it’s name in September 2009. The Collegiate is now broken down into four Colleges of about 400 pupils each, plus a Creative and Performing Arts College and a 6th Form College.

This Collegiate is now the largest School within the London Borough of Croydon, with nearly 2,000 pupils attending it and about 200 staff. Our Chairman Brian Longman, is the RRA Riddlesdown Collegiate Liaison Officer. Brian (as well as some other committee members) have a lot of contact with the Collegiate Principal Soumick Dey and the Chief Executive of the Collegiate Trust; Gordon Smith and we liaise with them on a regular basis.  

If any local resident(s) have concerns about the behaviour of children entering and leaving the Collegiate, litter, or large events that the School hold, or indeed praise for the Collegiate pupils and staff, then please feel free to contact us, via our e-mail address Riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com

Riddlesdown Collegiate Term Dates

Information below, taken from Riddlesdown Collegiate website (29/12/19)
Term dates

Half Term - Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020 (inclusive)

End of Spring Term - Friday 3 April 2020

Start of Summer Term - Monday 20 April 2020

May Day Bank Holiday - Friday 8 May 2020 (note not Monday 4 May)

Half Term - Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020 (inclusive)

End of Summer Term - Tuesday 21 July 2020 (children will be allowed home at lunchtime)

Start of Autumn Term - Thursday 3 September 2020

Half Term - Monday 19 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020 (inclusive)

End of Autumn Term - Friday 18 December 2020 (children will be allowed home at lunchtime)

Start of Spring Term - Monday 4 January 2021

Half Term -Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021 (inclusive)

End of Spring Term - Thursday 1 April 2021

Start of Summer Term - Monday 19 April 2021

May Day Bank Holiday - Monday 3 May 2021

Half Term - Monday 31 May 2021 to Friday 4 June 2021 (inclusive)

End of Summer Term - Friday 23 July 2021 (children will be allowed home at lunchtime)

School Times and Facilities

Normal school day timings;

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8.30am – 2.40pm

Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am – 3.30pm

However, there are various after school clubs (and some weekend activities), meaning that some schoolchildren pass through Riddlesdown later than these times.

The 6th Form pupils also pass through Riddlesdown at different times, depending on when they have lessons and breaks during the day. There are also some ‘holiday clubs’ running in the school holidays. These are listed on the Collegiate website.

Update 6/1/20

Events for Spring Term 2020 and release of children at the end of term

Information for our residents principally living in streets to the south of Mitchley Ave, leading to and from the Collegiate in Dunmail Drive/Honister Heights.

We have been advised by Soumick Dey, the Principal, that:

"This term, there will be the usual Parents’ Evenings throughout the term and the Collegiate Production of Oliver! in the w/c 10th February (7 pm to 10pm until 13th Feb), but none of these events will create the level of traffic that Open Evening does. Our new website has a “dynamic” calendar feature (under the Parents tab) which residents may find useful"

We have also sought clarification from Mr Dey about the release of children early (lunchtime) at the end of each full term. Mr Dey advises us that this only applies at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms i.e. December and July. It does not apply at the end of the Spring term (just before Easter, either in March or April)) when children will be in the Collegiate for the full day. Although TfL are advised of the early closure on these two days by the Collegiate, it doesn't necessarily mean there will be additional buses (or the 612 running) to take the children home, when the Collegiate finish early on these days. But the Collegiate and the RRA will try and seek clarification from TfL about this.

Collegiate Report (from The Riddlesdown Recorder- Autumn 2019)

By Soumick Dey – Principal

At the time of writing we are half way through the autumn term at Riddlesdown Collegiate, having celebrated another set of fantastic results in the summer and made an excellent start to another academic year. At A Level, our Year 13 students broke all previous records with almost 60% of all grades at A*-B and over a quarter of all grades A*-A. 13 students achieved at least 3 A*/A grades and 28% have now begun undergraduate courses at Russell Group universities. These outstanding results further demonstrate why College VI, our specialist post-16 provision, is the place to be for sixth form success – put simply, no other local school or college has matched these results. We continue to invest in College VI and have, over recent months, started to refurbish the classrooms and Common Room, enhance the dining facilities and improve access through the College with a walkway that connects two adjacent buildings – with more to follow.

At same time, students in Year 11 matched last year’s best ever results with 89% achieving at least a Grade 4 in English, 80% achieving at least a Grade 4 in Mathematics and 78% securing at least a Grade 4 in both. At the top end, more than a quarter of all grades were 97 and 157 Grade 9s – aimed at the top 2% nationally – were achieved in total.

Chamber Choir & Jazz Band, “Hairspray Medley”Such impressive results led to a jubilant start to the new year, when staff and students renewed their efforts and ambitions for what we would achieve in the year ahead. We were delighted to welcome approximately 3000 visitors to the Collegiate over the course of our open events for prospective parents and students.

Despite Offering more opportunities for visitors to see us during the school day, our annual Open Evening on 26th September 2019 was just as busy as always. I was very pleased that the efforts we had made to implement a one-way traffic system in the vicinity of the Collegiate helped to ensure effective traffic management and we plan to do this again in future years.

Sadly, I know that some residents were inconvenienced by the volume of cars driving to and from the Collegiate the following Saturday for the Entrance Exam. We received 600+ applications for the 49 places available and had organised candidates in two sittings. Unfortunately, not everyone followed the instructions given about time of arrival and parking on-site and this led to some difficulties. My apologies if you were affected. I have been asked whether we might take further steps next year to reduce the impact of such traffic at the Entrance Exam – in the same way in which we have effectively addressed the issue at Open Evening. However, I have explained that this may have been the last time that we operate the Entrance Exam.

The Collegiate Trust, who act as the admissions authority for Riddlesdown Collegiate, is consulting on possible changes to our admissions criteria for entry to Year 7 in September 2021 which propose the removal of the Feeder Schools and the Ability criteria. The key reason for this proposal is that, over recent years and especially since Riddlesdown Collegiate’s outstanding OFSTED judgment in 2016, our school has continued to become more and more popular – last year, we received almost 1500 applications for the 328 places available. Subsequently, and due to fact that under the current admissions criteria, children who attend any of the five named Feeder Schools (Atwood, Greenvale, Gresham, Harris Primary Academy Kenley & Selsdon) have priority, we have seen a growing number of children who live close to the Collegiate unable to gain a place. By making the proposed changes, Riddlesdown Collegiate would better serve the local community, enabling more local children to attend their local school, as well as the fringe benefits of fewer cars on the roads and fewer children relying on public transport. We hope that you will see this as good news. The consultation ends on 16th December 2019 and all – including local residents – are welcome to respond. Please do so by completing the short questionnaire at http://tctorg.uk/admission-criteria. Full details of the consultation and the proposed admissions criteria for entry in 2021 can be found at https://www.riddlesdown.org/admissions

Information received from the Principal at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Update 14/2/20

“Approval of admissions criteria for entry to Riddlesdown Collegiate in September 2021

Further to the update below (4/11/19) the RRA have received this letter from Riddlesdown Collegiate,

Dear Parent/Carer

Further to my letter dated 4th November 2019 and the consultation on changes to our admissions criteria which took place last term, I am writing to inform you that the Board of Directors of The Collegiate Trust has now considered responses to the consultation and has decided to approve the proposed admissions criteria for entry to Riddlesdown Collegiate in September 2021. This means that the Feeder School criterion and the Ability criterion will be removed from the new admissions criteria which will apply to pupils currently in Year 5 and below. The Sibling criterion will remain in the new admissions criteria, so applicants who already have an older sibling at the Collegiate are still very likely to be offered places.


I know that this decision may cause some anxiety with some parents but the proposed criteria attracted significant support through the consultation and the new admissions criteria will better serve the Collegiate and our local community.


Despite this change, I hope that when your child is in Year 6, you will still make an application for a place if Riddlesdown Collegiate is one of your preferred schools. Your application will still be considered and may be successful on other criteria. Whatever you decide, I wish you the very best of luck and I hope that your child has a very happy and successful time at secondary school.”


Yours sincerely


Mr S Dey Principal”


There is slightly different letter to parents of local feeder schools.

Update 4/11/19

“Dear Parents, Carers & Neighbours

As you may recall, the admissions criteria for entry to Riddlesdown Collegiate includes giving preference to children who attend five named feeder primary schools - Atwood, Gresham, Greenvale, Harris Primary Academy Kenley and Selsdon. The current admissions criteria have not significantly changed for over fifteen years. In that time, standards at the Collegiate have continued to improve and, consequently, our reputation with parents is strong and we are increasingly oversubscribed each year. For the 328 places we have in current Year 7, we received almost 1500 applications, but only a very small number of these places were offered to children who live close to the Collegiate but who did not meet any of the earlier criteria. The pattern of applications in recent years has now meant that many children who live very close to the Collegiate are not being offered a place because so many places are being offered to children who attend our named feeder primary schools but who may live much further away. At the same time, we remain a partially selective school and so, whilst this accounts for a much smaller number, very local children are being further displaced by those being offered a place based on their score in the ability test.


Therefore, in order to give more local children a greater chance of being offered a place at the Collegiate, our admissions authority, the Board of Directors of The Collegiate Trust, has decided to consult on changes to our admissions criteria for entry in September 2021 (which would affect current Year 5 and below). The consultation begins today and proposes the removal of feeder schools and the ability test from the admissions criteria, which would lead to a greater number of children who live close to the Collegiate being offered a place at Riddlesdown Collegiate. This would enable us to better serve our local community and would also bring fringe benefits, such as more students being able to walk to school and consequently less congestion in the neighbourhood.


I hope that you will see this as good news and that you will be keen to respond positively to the consultation by completing the questionnaire which includes the opportunity to add your own comments. If you do not let us know what you think, we will not be able to take your views into consideration – so, if you think this would be a good idea, please tell us! The consultation (ended) on 16th December 2019 and the Board of Directors will then review all responses before publishing any decisions about changes to the admissions criteria in February 2020.


Thank you for your engagement with this process.


Yours sincerely


 Mr S Dey Principal”

New Primary School for Croydon - Updated 12/4/17

The Collegiate Trust have issued a press release regarding a new primary free school. The Collegiate’s application to the Department for Education was successful but a new school will not be built on the Riddlesdown site.

“The Department for Education (DFE) today (12/4/17) announced that the Collegiate Free Primary School has been approved to open in Croydon. This new primary school, to be established and run by The Collegiate Trust, will be developed over the coming years and will take in 60 children per year; we will announce an opening date as soon as we are able to do so.

The site of the school is yet to be finalised. The Trust originally intended to collocate the new school on site with Riddlesdown Collegiate, an area with need for further primary places. However, we have now agreed with the DFE to develop the school in an area of greater need for additional primary provision.”

This is the full press release

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