About Us

Welcome to Applegarth Academy and thank you for taking the time to look at our website.

We are a thriving two form entry primary school set within extensive school grounds, which include a large playing field, pond area, peace garden and lots of different playground areas for our children to enjoy. We are fortunate to have a 52 placed Nursery attached to our school which provides children from the age of three with a rich and creative learning environment, helping them to develop as confident and independent young people. For a small fee, we also provide additional day care sessions for children registered at our Nursery.

Applegarth Academy is part of the STEP Academy Trust and so our core values and principles reflect those found within any STEP school. These are founded in the belief that every child deserves the best educational experience possible and our aim is to ensure that the children of Applegarth receive just that, day in, day out.

Our motto ‘working together, we will achieve’  reflects our collaborative approach to teaching and learning with children and staff encouraged to support each other in achieving their goals. We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and place great emphasis on the wellbeing of our pupils and the social and emotional aspects of learning.  Applegarth follows the International Primary Curriculum which provides children with rich and engaging learning opportunities delivered through a skills-based approach.  We have very high expectations and expect our children to make the best possible progress within English and Maths; we want our pupils to be lifelong learners and are determined to equip them with the skills necessary to be successful within the ever changing world that we live in.

Each of the schools within the STEP Academy Trust has a unique character and Applegarth is no exception. We are fortunate to have one of Croydon’s Enhanced Learning Provisions on our school site, for children with speech and language difficulties. For more information about this facility, please look at the separate section on our website or contact our Inclusion Manager, Sue Brackenbury, via the school office.

We believe that the partnership between home and school is incredibly important in the overall development of the child and work hard to ensure that the school is a welcoming place for everyone.

We are always delighted to receive visitors, so do take the time to come and have a look around the school and meet the children and staff. By visiting, you will be able to get a feel for our ethos and see our values in action. Please telephone the school office for an appointment any time during working hours, or send an email to: office@applegarth-academy.croydon.sch.uk. We’ve a number of open mornings throughout the year too – these are from 9.15am until 11.30am and on these mornings you are welcome to just turn up.

With best wishes

John Halliwell
Headteacher