Category Archives: Old Palace

Whitgift Foundation is going for a Burton at Old Palace

The Whitgift Foundation has named a new head for Old Palace School: Jane Burton, who will take over the independent girls’ school from September 1. Burton succeeds Carol Jewell, who has been head at the 900-pupil nursery, prep and secondary … Continue reading

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Your chance to travel in same lift as Rob Brydon… or Jo Negrini

Ever wanted taking a closer look at what cost Croydon residents at least £140million? Or just fancied taking a ride in the lift used by actor Rob Brydon in the film Swimming With Men? On the weekend of September 22-23, … Continue reading

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Guided tours of Old Palace, Croydon, Oct 24-27

The final chance this year to tour Croydon’s Old Palace, the historic former home of the Archbishops of Canterbury for more than five centuries, is later this month. With the school which now occupies much of the site on half-term, … Continue reading

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Explore Croydon’s history on Open House London weekend

One of the real cutlural jewels in Croydon’s crown, the Whitgift Almshouses and the Old Palace, will be throwing open their doors next month as part of Open House London weekend, which this year is on September 16-17. The Whitgift … Continue reading

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MP Barwell quits Whitgift. Did he jump or was he pushed?

More than four years after Inside Croydon started an often lonely campaign for Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, to quit his position as a governor of the Whitgift Foundation because of potential conflicts of interest with his public … Continue reading

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Education spokeswoman joins Letts on Whitgift board

An overwhelming 81 per cent of respondents in Inside Croydon’s latest online poll believe that veteran Labour councillor Tony Letts should resign her position on the board of governors of the Whitgift Foundation to avoid conflicts of interest in her … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Alisa Flemming, Allders, Business, Centrale, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Education, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell, Margaret Mead, Old Palace, Property, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Toni Letts, Tony Newman, Trinity School, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Croydon Tory MP chooses Sutton grammar school for his son

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, delivers another exclusive report which reflects badly on the real standards of schools in our borough There is not a secondary school in the whole of Croydon that is good enough for the son of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Chris Philp MP, Clare Hilley, Croydon Central, Education, Emily Benn, Gavin Barwell, Old Palace, Sarah Jones MP, Schools, Sutton Council, Trinity School, West Thornton, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Charity reform required to alter Foundation’s influence

CROYDON COMMENTARY: At the weekend, Susan Oliver asked: what is the real role in Croydon of the multi-million pound Whitgift Foundation, the owners of much of the land being redeveloped as part of the £1bn Hammersfield scheme? Here, DAVID CALLAM … Continue reading

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Council fails to do its homework on Croydon GCSE results

So how did Croydon’s pupils do in their GCSEs this year? Our education correspondent GENE BRODIE gives Croydon Council an “F” for its efforts in failing to release full results for local schools, when Sutton and other boroughs provided that … Continue reading

Posted in Addington High, Advance School, Aerodrome Primary, Archbishop Lanfranc, Archbishop Tenison's, BRIT School, Coloma, Croydon Central, Croydon High, Education, Gavin Barwell, John Fisher School, Oasis Academy, Old Palace, Schools, Sutton Council, Trinity School, Whitgift School, Woodcote High | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How you can tell which schools are really making the grade

School pupils – whether attending the borough’s high-profile independents, our state secondaries or the privatised academies – will be receiving their life-shaping GCSE, AS and A level results in the next few weeks. Education correspondent GENE BRODIE provides an insider’s … Continue reading

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Cultivating culture is year-round project, not just three weeks

CROYDON COMMENTARY: In a previous column, DAVID CALLAM argued for a festival celebrating the borough’s heritage. But next month’s Croydon Heritage Festival misses the target in a number of important respects  E viva la fiesta! Time to party in Croydon, … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Art, Care Homes, Cinema, Comedy, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon Heritage Festival, David Callam, David Lean Cinema Campaign, Education, Environment, Fairfield Halls, History, Libraries, London Mozart Players, Music, Old Palace, Schools, Theatre, Trinity School, Walks, Warehouse Theatre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Council’s Mr & Mrs act that defies proper declarations

The move by Croydon Council to take over the running of the Fairfield Halls has thrown a supertrouper spotlight on some of the interests, and potential conflicts of interest, of leading members of the borough’s Establishment. After all, with senior … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Care Homes, Charity, Croydon 8/8, Dudley Mead, Fairfield Halls, London Mozart Players, Margaret Mead, Old Palace, Riots Review Panel, Schools, Trinity School, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation, Whitgift School | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Historical assets ought to be foundation for Croydon’s future

CROYDON COMMENTARY: A charitable foundation with assets of more than £200 million could be doing more to make the most of the borough’s historical heritage, says DAVID CALLAM  The Whitgift Foundation is seeking commercial sponsors for a festival in June. … Continue reading

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Youth Parliament showcases local talent – no debate

SARA SAYMA, of Croydon’s UK Youth Parliament, reports on the organisation’s latest event Croydon High won the first UK Youth Parliament inter-school debate competition, which was staged to help show that young people have well-thought out opinions that deserve to … Continue reading

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Locals file complaint to Archbishop over neglected properties

The South Croydon Community Association, a group of concerned residents and businesses in the South End area, has lodged a formal complaint with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Charity Commission about the Whitgift Foundation’s management of its estimated £90-million … Continue reading

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Barwell fails to whip up support for unpopular Lords reform

Former MP ANDREW PELLING on how our local MPs chose to vote on the controversial Lords Reform Bill last night No gumption in evidence last night from four of our local MPs in resisting the flawed options for reform of … Continue reading

Posted in Archbishop Tenison's, Coloma, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Education, Gavin Barwell, Malcolm Wicks MP, Old Palace, Paul Burstow MP, Richard Ottaway MP, Schools, Tom Brake MP, Trinity School | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments