Crystal Palace: best-rated schools

There are a huge number of well-performing schools for all ages in Crystal Palace and many are being transformed by Lord Harris's educational charity.
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Paxton in Woodland Road is the one primary school that is judged “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted. Rockmount in Chevening Road and James Dixon in William Booth Road are both judged “good”.

The education charity started by Lord Harris continues to dominate state secondary education in this area. Harris City Academy Crystal Palace (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) gets excellent results at GCSE and is judged “outstanding”. The charity has recently stepped in at Westwood Girls in Spurgeon Road – now called Harris Academy Upper Norwood (girls ages 11 to 18) and a primary school Malcolm in Malcolm road, now called Harris Primary Crystal Palace.

Harris Academy Upper Norwood is going co-ed from next September and is likely to merge with Harris Academy South Norwood. Virgo Fidelis (girls, ages 11 to 18) a Roman Catholic comprehensive in Central Hill gets above average results at GCSE and is judged “good”. Virgo Fidelis Prep (co-ed, ages three to 11) also in Central Hill is a private catholic prep school.

The private Dulwich schools Dulwich College (boys, ages seven to 18); James Allen’s Girls’ School (ages four to 18) and Alleyn’s (co-ed, ages four to 18) are close by. Sydenham High (ages four to 18) in Westwood Hill is a private girls’ school.

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