Press Release – 7th October 2016

The Crescent School Academy Trust has submitted a Free School application to the Department for Education to open a secondary school in 2019, to serve the populations of Selhurst and Thornton Heath, in North Croydon.

Our ambition is to revolutionise the local community in Selhurst through education, via our unique partnership with the two most well-known success stories in the area, Crystal Palace FC Foundation and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and supported by the expertise and capacity of local Multi Academy Trust, GLF Schools, which has opened the new Chestnut Park Primary school and has a track record of outstanding secondary provision

The Crescent Secondary School will be a high achieving and creative school serving 11-18 year olds in North Croydon and beyond, providing a very different educational offer to established schools in the area and specifically meeting the needs of the local community.

The school will offer an aspirational curriculum that emphasises key areas of Science, Sport and Technology, producing creative young people adept in new technologies, who can access the employment opportunities that are emerging with the ambitious plans for the regeneration of Croydon and London generally.

The school will provide 150 places in each year for 11-16 year olds, to meet the needs of children from the local Crescent and Chestnut Park Primary Schools as well as a much wider section of the community. It will offer 200-250 places in sixth form, to provide a unique offer designed to meet the needs of the young people in North Croydon, both in terms of specialisms and access to higher education.

Sir Nick Williams, the Chair of the Crescent Trust and ex-Principal of The BRIT School commented:

‘Since the day we opened the primary school with the support of Croydon Council, we have known that the local area is also in need of a successful secondary school to serve the local population. We are delighted by the encouragement we have received from local parents and our two main enthusiastic partners and are optimistic that the Department for Education will share our belief in this talent-rich locality.’


britStuart Worden, the Principal of The BRIT School said:

‘We have been involved in championing the need for a successful local secondary school in the area and are very keen to build on our strong involvement in our immediate neighbourhood. We are delighted to be on board with this project.’


Donald Forde, Head of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation added:

palace“Selhurst Park has been at the heart of this community for over 110 years and the local area is the core of our fan base. We know that many young people are drawn to the Club and a small few who show outstanding talent in football go on to successful careers, but these are far outweighed by the numbers who, despite their aspirations are unable to find a use for their talents both within football and more importantly within mainstream employment. We are therefore strongly supportive of this project to bring greater opportunity to young people, particularly in the areas of science, sport and leisure and technology”.


The Department for Education will now spend time considering our very detailed bid and hopefully call the team for interview before making a decision. In this interim period we are canvassing feed back and support locally involving parents, schools and businesses.

More information and a form to register interest can be found at or call 0208 683 7098.