Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 6YT
London – Outer (within M25)
020 8633 9935
1544, Upper sixth 187
Σ5780 (Day), Σ11,132 (Boarding), Σ9308 (Weekly)
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Founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1931, it moved to its present site in Haling Park, occupying 45 acres of wooded parkland which provides exceptionally beautiful surroundings for an urban school. The buildings are well designed and equipped, including a sports centre with multi-purpose halls, variable-depth 8-lane swimming pool, moveable-wall squash courts. One of its fundamental aims is to balance an excellent academic record with a wide range of co-curricular activities. Pastoral care is at the foundation of its provision. It is academically strong, achieving excellent examination results; a high proportion of sixth formers go on to Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities. The International Baccalaureate is offered as an alternative to AS and A-levels, and BTEC National Diplomas. It offers an unusually large range of languages, supported by many visits and exchanges. Very strong in music, drama and art. High standards, too, in sports and games of which there is a wide variety, and an outstanding number of representatives at regional and national level. A flourishing CCF and outdoor pursuits scheme. A plentiful range of extra-curricular activities, a substantial commitment to local community services and a good record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Headmaster: Dr Christopher Barnett, appointed in 1991. Educated at Cedars School, Leighton Buzzard, and Oxford University (modern history). Previously Deputy Head at Dauntsey’s, Head of History at Bradfield and Lecturer in Economics Department, Brunel University.
GCSE: 209 pupils in upper fifth, majority gaining at least grade C in 10+ subjects. A-levels/IB: 148 in upper sixth: 127 taking A-levels, passing an average of 3.4 subjects with a final point score of 428; and 11 taking the IB gaining an average of 37 IB points.
99% of sixth-form leavers go on to a degree courses (10% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 9% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 34% in science and engineering, 43% in humanities and social sciences, 2% in art and music, 10% in finance and economics and 2% in vocational subjects eg architecture.
40 sports available, including hockey, rugby, squash, golf, horse-riding, fives, rowing, modern pentathlon. Numerous boys win caps at county and national level in a range of sports; teams regularly win national championships in a variety of sports, with more than 100 national titles in the past five years. Also CCF (Army, RAF, Royal Navy and one of the oldest Corps of Drums in the country); bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; community service (many community projects such as volunteering at maths clinics, fund-raising). Over 80 clubs, including astronomy, chess, debating, investment, Italian drama, science, sequential art, philosophy and theology.
Full, weekly and flexi-boarding offered from 2013, to boys aged 13-18. Well-equipped new boarding house, with IT facilities, private study areas, ensuite bathrooms and communal social areas with kitchen facilities.
The Whitgiftian Association (WA), see www.whitgiftianassociation.co.uk or email office@whitgiftianassociation.co.uk
Marland Yarde (England rugby player); Lawrence Okoye (Olympic athlete); Lord Freeman (Cabinet Minister); Sir Keith Lindblom (High Court Judge); Tarik O’Regan (composer); Lord Tedder (Deputy Supreme Commander, Allied Forces WWII); Derren Brown (TV illusionist); General Sir Peter Wall (Chief of the General Staff); Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill (member of former boy band JLS); Martin Jarvis (actor); Victor Moses (Premier footballer); Elliot Daly (London Wasps centre); Neil Gaiman (author); Tim Davie (BBC Worldwide Chief Executive).