Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma Convent Girls' School
Coloma Convent Girls' School
Mottoes Laborare Est Orare
Established 1869
Type from 1999 Comprehensive, 1994-1999 Selective School 1965-1978 Grammar School
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mrs Maureen Martin
Founder The Very Reverend Canon Van Crombrugghe
Location Upper Shirley Road
England, UK
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
Gender Females
Ages 11–18
Colours Navy Blue      Light Blue      White     

Coordinates: 51°20′44″N 0°08′02″W / 51.34548°N 0.13386°W / 51.34548; -0.13386

Coloma Convent Girl's school is a Roman Catholic Girl's School based in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Croydon in South London, England. [2] Coloma is a comprehensive school; so it doesn't select its pupils; however the school does have a history of selection; it was a grammar school for much of its history, and a selective Grant Maintained School from 1994-1999.

Coloma gets results comparable to that of a rural grammar school with A*-C GCSE pass rates consistently in the high 80's-low 90's. Girls wanting to attend the school are admitted using a points system; this gives priority to the most devout girls and their families who are most active in the church. The school is one of a few exclusive Catholic Comprehensives along with The London Oratory School, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and The John Fisher School that admit pupils using a religious observation points system. All of these schools admit who they see as the most devout candidates and those whose families are most active in the church. Prior to the year 2000 most of these schools admitted a percentage of their pupils based on ability, aptitude or through an interview process. The points system is seen by some as a way for these schools to protect the Catholicity of their intake. Catholic points-based admission school.


Academic Reputation

2010-Placed 6th out of all comprehensive schools with 98.1% of girls achieving 5 A*-C grades


The School was founded by Very Reverend Canon Van Crombrugghe who founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph in Belgium in 1817. There is a bronze bust of Van Crombugghe in the school's Main Hall.

The school opened on 2nd August 1869, with one pupil. In 1871, property was found in Tavistock Road and named Coloma, where it remained until the move in 1965 to the present site in Shirley.

Combined Cadet Force

While the school does not have CCF status in its own right, a small number of girls attend CCF training at Royal Russell School.


  • Madame Helene 1875-1892
  • Madame Elitrude 1892 - 1919
  • Mother Winefride, M.A. 1919 - 1945
  • Mother Marie Winefride, M.A. 1945 - 31 Aug 1948

INTERREGNUM 1 Sept - 31 Dec 1948

  • Sister Mary Cuthbert 1 Jan 1949-Apr 1980
  • Sister Mary Gabriel 21 Apr 1980 – 1989
  • Miss M Dolan 1 Jan 1990 – Nov 1994
  • Sister Sheila (Acting Head) 1 Sep 1994 – 31 July 1995
  • Mrs Maureen Martin 1 Aug 1995 - Until present


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