Have your say on the proposed closure of Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School

Why are we doing this?

Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School is a Roman Catholic voluntary-aided secondary school for girls located in Upper Norwood. The school is part of the Archdiocese of Southwark’s educational provision in Croydon. The closure is being proposed by the school’s Interim Executive Board of Governors (IEB), with the support of the Archdiocese and Croydon Council.

The Virgo Fidelis IEB is proposing the school’s closure because they believe that it is no longer viable – a view which is shared by the Archdiocese and the council. The majority of the buildings are in poor repair and unfit for purpose, with Year 10 pupils having to be taught at an alternative site. In addition, the pupil roll has fallen consistently over the past several years and the school budget is in significant deficit. Consequently the school is increasingly unable to deliver the broad and balanced curriculum that would be expected of a modern secondary school.

A pre-publication consultation took place from 1 October to 23 October in which stakeholders commented on the proposed closure. Sixty responses were received during this period which formed the basis of a consultation outcomes report presented to the interim executive director of children, families and education and the cabinet member for children, young people and learning to consider and decide whether to proceed to the next step and start the formal representation period. A copy of the consultation outcomes report can be found below.

Following approval, a formal consultation will now begin, allowing people to comment on or object to the council about the proposal to close the school.

The consultation will run until from 12 November - 10 December 2020.

All responses received will be analysed and used to create a formal consultation outcomes report which will be submitted to Croydon Council’s cabinet in January 2021 for a final decision on the proposal to close the school from August 2021.

What do we want to know?

As the local education authority, Croydon Council is seeking the views of those that will be directly affected, and anyone with an interest, on the proposal. This consultation will run for four weeks from 12 November - 10 December 2020.

If you require the questionnaire in another format, please contact the school place planning team: school.org@croydon.gov.uk.


What we found out
What difference has it made?
Project start date12 November 2020
Report availableDue 25 January 2021
Reference year2020
Methods Consultation Document, Questionnaire - Online
Who can take part? All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area Education and learning