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Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England High School

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Archbishop Tenison’s is a 300 year-old Church of England, mixed, comprehensive, 11-18 High School in Croydon with an excellent track record at both GCSE and A Level over many years.

The school was founded by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison, in 1714, for “ten poor boys and ten poor girls of the Parish of Croydon”. At that time it was a radical new departure to educate boys and girls together in the same school.  This is possibly the longest continuously running mixed school in the world under the same foundation as when it started.

Today the school serves the Archdeaconry of Croydon, giving priority through its admission arrangements to children from Church of England and other Christian families who live within that area. 10 per cent of places are allocated to local families geographically. Continuation or entrance to the Sixth Form is on an academic basis.

Archbishop Tenison’s is a relatively small secondary school, with an admission number in Year 7 of 108. The strong Sixth Form has 234 students (2013-14 numbers). The curriculum in Years 7-11 follows a traditional model, with a particular emphasis on the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, French and German, History, Geography, Physical Education and Religious Studies, as well as on artistic and practical subjects such as Art, Music, Drama and Technology. All pupils follow a programme of Personal and Social Development, which includes Citizenship. Food Technology is a very popular subject within the school, as is Computing, which is well established at both GCSE and A Level. In the Sixth Form the range of subjects increases considerably to include Economics, Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Government and Politics, Law, Spanish, courses in both English Language and English Literature, as well as Further Maths. The school also enjoys a very high level of participation in extra-curricular activities ranging from spectacular concerts and sporting success to exchanges with both France and Germany and charitable connections at home and abroad.

The school is a well-established Church of England school, which has as its motto: Tenaciter – academic excellence for each person in a Christian community. The school’s strong sense of its educational purpose is reflected in its commitment to providing a strong academic foundation for its pupils in a secure Christian context which gives them in their turn the confidence to contribute well to a good, free and just society.

Existing cooperations

We are part of the Diocese of Southwark, which has 15 secondary schools. We belong to a trio with Bacon's College in Rotherhithe and St. Cecilia's in Wandsworth. We also have close links with the other Church of England secondary school in Croydon, St. Andrew's.
We are also linked with St. Patrick's High School in Gweru.
We have exchange links with schools in Rouen, France, and Berlin, Germany.
We actively support the charity RUSH UK, which has fouded a school in Kenya.