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Founded 1937

Riddlesdown Collegiate (School)

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

Chief Executive - The Collegiate Trust; Mr Gordon Smith

Principal of Riddlesdown Collegiate; Mr Soumick Dey

Riddlesdown Collegiate Term Dates

Information below, taken from Riddlesdown Collegiate website (5/12/17). Term dates

Start of Spring Term - Wednesday 3 January 2018

Half Term - Monday 12 February 2018 to Friday 16 February 2018 (inclusive)

End of Spring Term - Thursday 29 March 2018

Start of Summer Term - Monday 16 April 2018

May Day Bank Holiday - Monday 7 May 2018

Half Term - Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June 2018 (inclusive)

End of Summer Term - Friday 20 July 2018

Start of Autumn Term - Monday 4 September 2018

Half Term - Monday 22 October to Friday 2 November 2018 (inclusive)

End of Autumn Term - Friday 21 December 2018

Start of Spring Term - Monday 7 January 2019

School Times and Facilities

Normal school day timings;

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8.30am – 2.40pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 8.30am – 3.30pm (times were previously 8.45am start to 3.25pm finish)

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.

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

Update 10/9/16

For those of you who have children at Riddlesdown Collegiate, you may have picked up the following on this week's newsletter from the Collegiate;

“I am delighted to announce that one of the developments we are currently considering is a new, 2 - form entry primary school which could be located on or very close to the Riddlesdown Collegiate site. Croydon Council needs 60 additional places for Reception and beyond, beginning in September 2018, and The Collegiate Trust is the perfect partner to achieve this. Of course we need to consult with you on this and further information will be available on our Trust website www.tct-academies.org by Wednesday 14th September when you will have the opportunity to tell us what you think.”


Update 12/6/16

This page covers news and information from the Riddlesdown Collegiate. Many 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 has a lot of contact with the Chief Executive of the Collegiate Trust; Gordon Smith and the Collegiate Principal Soumick Dey and he liaises on a regular basis with them.  

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, etc, then please feel free to contact Brian. via our e-mail address Riddlesdownresidents@gmail.com or look on the inside page of The Recorder magazine.

Collegiate Report (from The Riddlesdown Recorder- Autumn 2017)

Soumick Dey – Principal

At the time of writing, we are celebrating record-breaking A Level results at Riddlesdown Collegiate as our Year 13 students have achieved the best results we have ever seen. Half of all grades were A*-B, with a quarter of all grades at A* or A. We will celebrate our top achievers at the Collegiate Celebration Evening next month – including Liam Macdonald A*A*A going to Southampton University to study Aerospace Engineering, Zara Burton A*AAA going to Bristol University to study Engineering Design, and both Alexander Crawley A*AA and Jocelyn Hampton A*AAC going to study Medicine at Manchester University and Queen Mary University, respectively. These results are testament to the quality and hard work of our students and staff and the superb support they receive from families. Whilst I am delighted with such academic success, particularly at a time when new A Levels have been made more difficult, I am even happier that students have clearly been well-prepared for their next steps. Almost everyone has secured a place at their first choice university and I am looking forward to hearing of all their future successes in the years to come. We now await GCSE results and I hope that there will be just as much to celebrate.

These successes come at the end of another eventful academic year at the Collegiate. Back in February, we welcomed audiences to four stunning performances of this year’s musical production, West Side Story. The cast, technical crew, orchestra and wider support team totalled almost 200 students and the show attracted many positive reviews. In the summer term, students performed a modern version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in The @RC Theatre. The Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) College also hosted its annual Art Exhibition and its inaugural Design Exhibition, both of which were well-supported by the community. And our Year 7 Football Team made Riddlesdown history by reaching the final of the National Cup!

The Summer Concert and the Sports Awards Evening rounded off the summer term’s events and served to remind us of the value of such wider opportunities on students’ overall development and education. At the same time, students have had many opportunities to take their learning outside of the Collegiate with trips to Windsor Castle and Howletts Park and abroad to Italy (Classical Civilization), Austria (Skiing) and Germany (Football Tour).

Readers will probably be aware by now that from September, we are making some changes to the timings of the Collegiate day. The Collegiate day will start at 8.30am every day, with students asked to arrive from 8.00am. Students will be dismissed at 2.40pm on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays and at 3.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These changes have been designed to make better use of time and facilities, whilst supporting student and staff wellbeing. In practice, I do not expect these changes to make a significant difference to students’ arrival in the morning as the vast majority of students are already on the site by 8.30am – this will simply formalise that start time. With regards to the end of the day, we have advised Transport for London of the need for the bus timetables to reflect these changes and they have indicated that their planning team will respond accordingly. I hope that these changes will not cause inconvenience to our neighbours but wanted to make sure that you were informed.

At the same time, we have been considering ways in which we can engage even more effectively with our local community. We are very proud of our location and the reputation that we have developed. It is important to us that we continue to maintain a strong and positive relationship with our neighbours and we are therefore inviting you to become part of a mailing group who will receive regular information and updates from the Collegiate.

These updates will aim to keep you informed about activities taking place on site, provide you with weekly Newsletters and offer advance information on events that may impact on the roads in the vicinity.

If you would like to receive such information, please send an email to community@riddlesdown.org so that we can add your details to our database and begin to keep you more informed about the Collegiate’s activities and successes.

Collegiate Report (from The Riddlesdown Recorder- Spring 2017)

Soumick Dey – Principal

Since I last made a contribution to the Riddlesdown Recorder, there has been much activity and cause for celebration at Riddlesdown Collegiate. Readers will recall that last summer term, the Collegiate was delighted to welcome an OFSTED inspection which judged our school to be outstanding. This outcome made for a superb start to what I called our “Celebration Season” throughout the second part of the summer term. During this time, each of our Colleges held a special Showcase Evening to celebrate the efforts, achievements and talents of our students. In addition, the Creative and Performing Arts College (CPA) hosted a Lecture Evening, where a number of professionals from creative and performance backgrounds and careers inspired a packed audience in The @RC Theatre, as well the Arts A wards Evening, Summer Concert and Sports Awards Evening, each of which also recognised our students’ talents in these important areas of the curriculum. In all, over 800 students received an award during “Celebration Season ” which culminated on the last day of term when I awarded my Principal’s Commendation to the top achieving boy and girl in each Year Group in each College.

Just over a month later, there was more high achievement as the Collegiate celebrated its best ever A Level results, whilst almost a quarter of grades at GCSE were A*/A. This led to a very special Collegiate Celebration Evening in September where we were able to congratulate our top achievers – including Benjamin Swain A*A*AA going to Kings College London to study Medicine, Sophie Gibson A*AA going to Bath to study Pharmacy and Liam McRedmond AAA going to Exeter to study Law – in fact, the vast majority of students were heading off to great universities, with some opting to take a gap year and travel and/or work before embarking on the next stage of their Education. During the same week, we welcomed over 2000 visitors to the Collegiate as families came to one of our Open Mornings or Open Evening to consider whether they felt that the Collegiate might be the best place for their child to learn and grow over the next seven years. As always, it was great to welcome so many people and we continue to appreciate the support the Collegiate receives from the community. Riddlesdown Collegiate remains a very popular, over- subscribed school and we are currently consulting on some changes to our admissions criteria for entry in September 2018 – all views would be welcome, please see our website for further details.

Over the course of the autumn term, students have enjoyed many opportunities to extend their learning outside of the Collegiate, including international trips to Greece and Switzerland over half term. Over 200 students were involved in our Christmas Concert last month and rehearsals are ongoing for our Collegiate production of the musical, West Side Story, which will be performed during the w/c 6th February 2017 – tickets will be on sale shortly, all are welcome to come and be entertained by our talented students!

Collegiate Report (from The Riddlesdown Recorder- Winter 2016)

The academic year is well underway here at the Collegiate and whilst it has featured the usual outstanding work from students and staff, there have been significant changes in the leadership of the school. Riddlesdown Collegiate is part of The Collegiate Trust, and the Trust is now developing links with other schools and academies which will see other schools joining our Trust. Mr Smith, who has been Principal at Riddlesdown Collegiate since 2006, has now assumed the role of Chief Executive of the Trust; in this role he oversees the work of the new Principal, Mr Dey, who has held a number of posts within the school over almost 10 years. This partnership has delivered great success for our students over the years, and will continue to do so in the years to come.

Readers will know that here at Riddlesdown we focus on two key features of education; the very best academic results possible, allied with the development of skills and qualities through the whole range of activities we offer here. We began this year once again with exceptionally strong GCSE results which now make us one of the top 3 performing schools not just in Croydon but in the wider area. Our focus is on developing these standards further and making sure that every one of our students has the benefit of an exceptional education.

Change of times for the Collegiate day - Traffic Issues

Update 17/11/17

Following all the complaints the RRA have received from local residents since the introduction of the new Collegiate times from the beginning of September 2017, the RRA committee invited both the Chief Executive of the Collegiate Trust (Gordon Smith) and the Principal of the Collegiate (Soumick Dey) to our committee meeting last night (16/11/17). A representative from the Honister Heights Residents’ Association and Sanderstead Ward Cllr Lynne Hale were also present.

We summarise briefly a synopsis of the meeting, which lasted about an hour.

Soumick Dey explained why they have changed the Collegiate day times and why pupils are no longer allowed into the school buildings until 8am. The main reason is that some pupils were arriving from 7am (for an 8.45am start) and during the majority of that time, they were unsupervised. The teaching/support staff are not contracted to be in from 7am. The Collegiate have a duty of care for their pupils, whilst they are on the premises. Mr Dey emphasised that pupils are now allowed to wait in the front of the main building prior to 8am but are not allowed into the canteen, for those who want breakfast (or any other building) until 8am. The registration now starts at 8.30am. Mr Dey did say that before the summer of 2017, at least 90% of pupils were in the Collegiate by 8.30am and this is the main reason they brought forward the start time.

The RRA made the point that now trying to get 2,000 pupils into the school within about 30/40 minute time frame is causing huge issues for local residents and especially those who live in streets on the south side of Mitchley Ave. Some streets on the north side of Mitchley Ave have also noticed a change in traffic volumes/flows during this 30/40 minute period. The RRA advised both gentlemen that we have received a huge number of complaints and comments from local residents about this issue since the beginning of September. The RRA did stress that the Collegiate is generally held in high regard by local residents and we want to work with them to address these (and any other issues). We pointed out this traffic problem is mainly affecting residents in Honister, Grisedale Gardens and Close, Derwent and also Mitchley Hill (principally in the afternoons) where parking on both sides of the street is now occurring. However, this is not the full list of streets affected (also Ingleboro, Buttermere, and to a lesser extent, Eskdale and Dalegarth).

There are also 200 staff who work at the Collegiate and the vast majority of them drive to and from the Collegiate (which adds to traffic issues) and there is not enough parking on site for them all to park and hence the reason there is some staff on street parking in Honister Heights. This is also made worse by some 6th formers who also drive to the Collegiate and park in Honister and/or Grisedale. Very few pupils/staff cycle to school, where cycle storage facilities are available! The nearest bus route is about 600 metres away and the railway station about 1km. Some of our members have advised us that some local residents are now also parking on the streets as they were finding it very difficult to get off their driveways in the mornings and this also adds to obstruction on the highway!

One of the main issues is that the Collegiate is built at the end of a cul-de-sac and there is no way out at the other end. Unfortunately the unmade section of Dunmail Drive is privately owned and cannot be used as a one way street. The Collegiate also, cannot be held responsible for the attitude of some drivers (parents/carers) who block driveways, or drive without due consideration on local streets.

Cllr Lynne Hale asked if there is any way some supervision can be provided to allow pupils into the some of the buildings before 8am, to allow a longer time frame in the mornings for pupils to arrive. There appears to be no magic answer to this problem and we have asked the two Collegiate representatives to go away and look at all possibilities and re-assess the situation. We did not expect any answers from them last night but it was principally a meeting to express the RRA’s and in turn, residents concerns to them.

We will update more in due course.

Update 6/11/17

The Principal wrote to all parents on 3 November asking for their co-operation in dropping off their child(ren) further away from the Collegiate to avoid traffic problems in nearby streets. This is his letter.

Update 7/7/17

As the RRA had not heard anything further from Riddlesdown Collegiate about the consultation (in May) on the proposed times changes for the school day, we sent a reminder to them on 7/7/17.

We have received the following prompt response from Soumick Dey, the Principal:

"..... This week, a follow-up letter was prepared for our neighbours – perhaps this has prompted the enquiries from residents.

In terms of the Collegiate day, the key features are that from September 2017: (the school times will be)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8.30am – 2.40pm

Tuesday, Thursday: 8.30am – 3.30pm

The vast majority of our students are on site before 8.30am already so formalising this start time should not make a significant difference to travel arrangements or road conditions. Meanwhile, TfL has indicated that their planning team will reflect these changes when reconsidering schedules for the autumn.

I hope that these changes will not cause inconvenience to our neighbours but wanted to make sure that you were informed – apologies again that you had not received this information sooner."

The times are slightly different to those they first suggested. It obviously remains to be seen if Tfl come up with the bus timetable changes in September, especially for the 612 (school service)!

We are also aware from the school's weekly newsletter (23/6/17) that they won't be allowing pupils into the school grounds before 8am from 10 July. So this could condense the traffic/pupil movement into a 30-40 minute period from September!

Weekly Newsletter to parents (23/6/17) on the Collegiate website:

“Parents will recall that during the recent consultation about proposed changes to the Collegiate Day from September 2017 (which have since been approved), I shared one of my concerns about some students arriving very early at school (sometimes as early as 7.00am) and consequently being unsupervised for a long time before the school day starts. It was for this reason that the suggestion of starting at 8.30am was sensible - in reality, the vast majority of students are already on site by this time. However, I remain concerned about some students arriving much earlier. Therefore, from 10th July 2017, the Collegiate site will not be open for students to access until 8.00am. This is when the breakfast service begins in The Diner and is also when the Library opens. The playgrounds are formally supervised 15 minutes before the start of the school day. I am grateful for your understanding and support with this issue - it is ultimately to promote students' safety and a positive start to the day.”

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