Welcome from the Head

First and foremost Old Palace is a place of learning.  For each girl who comes here, Old Palace will also be a key contributor in her development as a compassionate and capable individual, prepared to address the challenges presented to her as she makes her own contribution to society.  Every student enjoys a first class academic education at Old Palace.  We also promote a broader values-based education embracing four dimensions: service, skills and knowledge, courage and emotional intelligence.  With this approach, students learn about who they are and what they stand for.  

Old Palace is a unique school in an exceptional and inspiring setting steeped in history as recorded from 896.  We identify, encourage and nurture the special qualities of each and every individual entrusted to us.  Our surroundings also stimulate girls to develop and flourish in ways beyond the reach of a conventional education.  For example, not every girls’ school in the country can boast the opportunity to sing cathedral repertoire every week in Croydon Minster, our next door neighbour at Old Palace.   

Old Palace Nursery, Preparatory and Seniors are blessed with magnificent buildings, enthusiastic, highly motivated staff and a sound ethos of social awareness.  For all who embrace the many opportunities presented, Old Palace will reward them with a happy, memorable and empowering education.  

I look forward to welcoming you to this special place in the near future.

Mrs Carol Jewell
Head, Old Palace of John Whitgift School

NOTE: Following the announcement that Mrs Jewell will be retiring this summer (2019), the Governors are pleased to announce the appointment of her successor: Mrs Jane Burton. Mrs Burton brings with her extensive expertise as a former Head of Wallington High School For Girls, Deputy Head of Nonsuch High School for Girls and most recently as Chief Executive of the Girls' Learning Trust (GLT), where she spearheaded the strategic development of the UK's first all-girls multi-academy trust. She takes up her appointment on 1 September 2019.