Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Croydon, United Kingdom

Location: Croydon, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

The School 

In 1714 the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison, founded a school for some "ten poor boys and ten poor girls" on a site which has since become Croydon's popular Whitgift Shopping Centre. 299 years and three sites later, as we enter our 304th year, Archbishop Tenison's is now situated in the leafy Park Hill area of the town, a 5 minute bus ride or fifteen minutes’ walk from East Croydon Station.

Archbishop Tenison's is an 11-18 voluntary aided, mixed comprehensive school, part of the educational provision of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Croydon.

The school is well regarded locally for its high academic standards, the presence of a large Sixth Form, the very high level of pastoral care provided for the pupils and its Christian ethos.  Assemblies are an important part of school life; there is an annual Eucharist for each year group; all students take Religious Studies at GCSE, with a good number continuing to A Level.

The School caters for around 760 pupils, of whom 240 are in the Sixth Form.  The school is oversubscribed every year and as a result it is necessary for the Governors to rank applicants for places in Year 7 according to church membership and involvement of the child and a named parent or carer.  50% of admission places are given to Anglican families, 40% to Non-Anglican families and 10% are given to local families.   Since September 2012 the Pan London Admission Number has increased from 96 to 108 into Year 7.

Many of our pupils stay on into the Sixth Form and students also join from other schools in the Borough and beyond. The Sixth Form offers a range of AS and A Level courses, together with some Btec courses. Most of the Upper Sixth proceed to Higher Education each year, gaining entry to top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Archbishop Tenison’s aims to provide an education which is broad, balanced, relevant and accessible to the diverse and close-knit community it serves.

The school is well regarded in the area for its music, drama and sport, especially netball, football and cricket. Students are active in debating and public speaking. We regularly achieve very impressive results in National Mathematical Challenges. There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities with around 40 different clubs and societies. Charity support also features strongly in the life of the Sixth Form and the school. We have a particular link with RUSH in Kenya and each year collect shoe boxes for children at Christmas through the Biggin Hill Romania Group. 

The rewarding aspect of working at Archbishop Tenison's is reflected by the way in which staff stay at the school and the high level of staff commitment to extra-curricular activities mentioned earlier. Moreover, each year there are language exchanges, educational journeys abroad, residential field courses, Duke of Edinburgh and Christian Union residential weekends.

The school has featured in a number of guides to good state schools and was described as "outstanding" in our 2008 OFSTED Report. The school has both a strong sense of traditional values and a readiness to embrace new ideas which are of real benefit to the pupils and students. We are looking for the person appointed to this post to be part of a school with both a distinguished history and a vision of Christian educational purpose.


London Borough of Croydon, the largest London Borough, has good transport links, by train Central London only twenty minutes away, Gatwick 30 minutes and Brighton approximately forty minutes.

NQTs, CPD, Trainee Teachers and School Direct

At Archbishop Tenison’s we pride ourselves in our successful trainee teacher and NQT training programmes.  We have a number of support staff that have taken up teacher training becoming very successful subject teachers, heads of year and subject leaders.  Every academic year we have numerous PGCE, School Direct and Work Experience students either training with us or using our School as one of their professional placements.

South Croydon Learning Alliance: School Direct Programme
Our School Direct Alliance is one that allows prospective teachers to gain an opportunity to train in a dynamic educational setting. Our Alliance is located across four successful comprehensive secondary schools, which are working in partnership to help produce high quality and well trained teachers of the future. Our School Direct Alliance is coordinated through Riddlesdown Collegiate in Purley, Surrey, which is a Multi Academy Trust. Our Alliance includes a variety of partner schools including those in mainstream; across the 11-19 age range, as well as Faith Schools and specialist behaviour schools.
We are an innovative and growing partnership, which is continually expanding and developing further links with schools in the wider community. We invest greatly in the professional development of all our staff and those who choose to train alongside us; to ensure that the quality of our work remains consistently high and the Alliance continues to be at the forefront of pedagogical practice. For 2017-2018, we are seeking to fill a large number of places across four of our schools and we are working with three different university providers to achieve this (The University of Roehampton, e-Qualitas, and Kings College London).
Training within our Alliance gives you the unique opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching environments, with all our schools providing the highest quality teaching and learning for their students and the trainees they are supporting and developing. Within the Alliance there are extensive opportunities for future professional leadership positions and development; including an excellent Masters Programme, which we run in connection with St Mary's University, Twickenham.

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Address: Selborne Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5JQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8688 4014