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Riddlesdown Collegiate


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

Principal of Riddlesdown Collegiate; is Mr Soumick Dey - from Sept 2022 the Principal will be Mrs Katie Turner.

Chief Executive - The Collegiate Trust; is Mr Gordon Smith - from Sept 2022 it will be Mr Soumick Dey.


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 (28/12/21)
Term dates

End of Spring Term - Friday 8 April 2022

Start of Summer Term - Monday 25 April 2022

Half Term - Monday 30 May 2022 to Friday 3 June 2022 (inclusive)

End of Summer Term - Friday 22 July 2022 (children will be allowed home at lunchtime)

Start of Autumn Term - Tuesday 6 September 2022

Half Term -Monday 24 October 2022 to Friday 4 November 2022 (inclusive)

End of Autumn Term - Friday 16 December 2021 (children will be allowed home at lunchtime).

Start of Spring Term -Tuesday 3 January 2023

Half Term -Monday 13 February 2023 to Friday 17 February 2023 (inclusive)

End of Spring Term - Friday 31 March 2023

Start of Summer Term - Monday 17 April 2023

Half Term - Monday 29 May 2023 to Friday 2 June 2023 (inclusive)

End of Summer Term - Friday 21 July 2023 (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

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 2021)

By Soumick Dey – Principal


When I last wrote an article for the Riddlesdown Recorder in early March 2020, I concluded by commenting that “we share the nation’s concerns about the potential impact of the Coronavirus” but that “hopefully, things will pass without significant impact on our schools or our communities” – I am not sure whether those comments ever made it to print, but little did we know then what challenges were lying ahead!


Schools were informed on Wednesday 18th March 2020 that at the end of that week, they would close to all except the most vulnerable students and the children of key workers. When students and staff left the site on that Friday, I think many assumed that the arrangement would go on till Easter and then all would return to normal for the summer term. On Monday, however, the country went into its first lockdown and so began a long period of remote learning and a huge change to our dayto-day lives. It was nearly six months before all students were able to return in September 2020 and the school they returned to was now operating in a very different way. Students had been grouped into separate “bubbles” and huge efforts were made to minimise mixing, including the introduction of staggered timings, multiple access points and separate dining arrangements. Whilst we were fortunate not to have any positive cases early in the term, as we approached Christmas, a number of students and staff were affected and many more were being required to self-isolate as we began to implement contact tracing. We were soon teaching and learning in face masks and doing all that we could to reduce the risk of transmission. As schools closed again in January 2021, we resumed remote learning and then established our own test centre in March 2021, administering 4500+ lateral flow tests as students returned from the last lockdown. For the first time since public exams began, they were cancelled in 2020 and then again in 2021, with students being awarded Centre Assessment Grades instead. We missed our shows, concerts, assemblies, sporting events and school trips. But, in spite of the difficulties, students have continued to make great progress and enjoy huge success at the Collegiate, where our clear focus has remained on PEOPLE and LEARNING. It has been the strength of our community, the relationships we have with our students and their families and our determination to adapt as necessary that have enabled us to continue to deliver an outstanding education. Of course, there have been compromises and restrictions, but we have not lost sight of what makes Riddlesdown Collegiate a special place and we are looking forward with confidence and optimism as we work to restore our exceptional normality.


As we begin a new academic year, we are celebrating students’ outstanding A Level, BTEC & GCSE results which have allowed the vast majority to move onto their preferred destinations at university or College VI. We are also looking forward to the completion of the College VI extension, which will include a brand new, modern Fitness Suite, and to further enhancements including refurbished student toilets and digital screens in all classrooms.


After a year without visitors, we shall be opening our doors again in the autumn with a series of Open Mornings and our Open Evening on 30th September 2021. Our busy programme of lettings has already recommenced and we are pleased to see so many local groups keen to benefit from our superb facilities.


Over the last 18 months, it has been clear that in so many ways, schools keep communities together. At Riddlesdown Collegiate, we are proud of the role we play in our community and grateful for the support that our community provides to us. Strong partnerships have helped us through tough times and together, we shall continue to thrive.


Collegiate Report (from The Riddlesdown Recorder- Spring 2020)

By Soumick Dey – Principal


As another academic year is racing ahead, Riddlesdown Collegiate continues to provide an outstanding quality of education, whilst looking carefully to the future and planning ahead to ensure continued success for many years to come.


Earlier this term, we were delighted to stage five performances of our Collegiate production, “Oliver!”. Just like the title character, audiences were asking for more after each performance and the students also demonstrated their ambitions by raising the bar once again – the acting, the singing, the dancing, the orchestra, the set design, the lighting, the sound, the costumes – in every way, the show was a resounding success and I must again congratulate  all those involved. As always, the production not only showcased our students’ amazing talents,it also served as a reminder of the strength of our community and what we can achieve when we work together in partnership. Look out for details of next year’s production later in the year!


In the same week, The Collegiate Trust published the admissions criteria for entry to Riddlesdown Collegiate in September 2021. Following a period of consultation before Christmas, the Board of Directors approved the proposed changes which remove the feeder primary schools and the ability test from the admissions criteria. These new criteria, which apply to pupils currently in Year 5 and below, will make it more likely that children who live very close to the Collegiate will be offered a place and so our local community will be better served and, hopefully, over time, we will see other linked benefits, such as more children being able to walk to school and less traffic in the vicinity. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation. I hope that the outcomes will be seen as good news for the majority.


Unfortunately, the week after was not as positive as Storm Dennis hit the Collegiate badly at the start of the half term break! The high winds caused a part of the roof in our College VI building to be blown away and the heavy rainfall then flooded the first floor, as well as part of Aquila College where a flat roof could not cope with the volume of water accumulated above it. Thankfully, with it being half-term, we did not have the challenge of trying to open as normal the next day, but thanks to the remarkable efforts of our Facilities Team, rooves were repaired, new ceilings and lights were installed, damaged carpets were replaced and classrooms were restored all in time for students’ return! We are very fortunate to have the facilities that we have, but in a school building that is now more than sixty years old, it is a constant challenge to maintain our site to the standards that we require. As always, we are looking at capital projects and prioritising the most urgent works: this year, we will complete the College VI refurbishment programme and the development of outdoor social spaces, whilst commencing work on washrooms and larger learning spaces.


Information received from the Principal at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Update 14/2/20

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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