The sound of children’s chatter and laughter is never far from Old Lodge Lane, especially if you live near one of the FOUR primary schools with which the road is blessed.
There is even a fifth school not far away in Hayes Lane. Altogether, each day around 1,000 children attend primary school lessons in or close to Old Lodge Lane.
At one end of the built-up part of the road, in the grounds of what was once Reedham Orphanage, are St Nicholas and Beaumont Schools. At the other end is New Valley, formerly known as Wattenden School but renamed when it became an academy in 2014. In between, and tucked away from view up a narrow side lane, is the oldest of the four, Reedham Park, an independent fee-paying school notable for having had only two head teachers in the last 84 years.
Reedham Drive CR8 4DN
Head Teacher: Mr Nick Dry
Telephone: 020 8660 4861
St Nicholas is a Primary Special School catering for children aged 4 to 11 with moderate learning difficulties, speech and communication disorders and autism. It can take up to 130 children though there are plans for an extra 56 places from September 2017. All admissions are through Croydon SEN Department.
Classes are small, typically of about ten pupils, each led by a teacher and two teaching assistants. Facilities include a music room, hall, a soft room, a communication room, medical, sensory, practical and hygiene rooms, and separate outside play areas for foundation stage and main school children.
Old Lodge Lane CR8 4DN
Head Teacher: Mrs Linda Harvey
Telephone: 020 8660 7707
Beaumont Primary School is a Community School maintained by Croydon Council. It opened in 1968 and accommodates 210 children in seven classes. Children start in the September after their fourth birthday and leave at the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of eleven.
The school has a close association with the nearby church of St Barnabas at the top of Bencombe Road. The school council, consisting of elected boy and girl representatives from each class, meets weekly to discuss school improvement. A Good Citizen Cup is awarded each term to a boy and a girl who have been selected by the school council.
71a Old Lodge Lane CR8 4DN
Head Teacher: Ms Kate Shah
Telephone: 020 8660 6357
Reedham Park School was founded in 1932 by Miss Inez Routledge MBE who was the headteacher for 65 (yes, 65) years. She was succeeded in 1997 by Louise Shaw, who retired in July 2016 after 34 years at the school, including 19 as head.
An extended residential property, originally built as a church and stables, accommodates around 120 pupils. The school and traditions which Miss Routledge established so strongly still exist in essence and in spirit. There is a long-standing special relationship with St John the Baptist Roman Catholic church in Dale Road, Purley, although pupils come from a wide range of faiths.
Old Lodge Lane CR8 4AZ
Head of School: Mr Pete Steward
Telephone: 020 8660 1325
As one of our nearest neighbours, OLLBC has a close and fruitful relationship with New Valley. Formerly known as Wattenden Primary, it opened as a new school in September 2014 as part of the Chipstead Valley Academy Trust, with a new name, new uniform, many new staff and an extensive renovation of the school site. Admissions to New Valley are handled through the London Borough of Croydon. More info at the Croydon LEA website.
Several Old Lodge Lane children attend the fifth primary school, The Hayes in Hayes Lane. This is a walk of only a couple of hundred yards along the footpath at the top of Whitefield Avenue. However, to reach it by car from the same spot involves a round trip of four miles.
Hayes Lane, Kenley CR8 5JN
Head Teacher: Ms Claire Slade
Telephone: 020 8660 4863
The Hayes is a two form entry school with around 420 children on the roll. It has been recently redeveloped, winning several architectural awards. Other awards include Sport England’s Activemark, Healthy Schools, International School Award, Science Quality Mark and the Basic Skills Quality Mark. The school has its own swimming pool and all pupils have a swimming lesson each week. There is also a pond, a gardening area, a spacious field and a large playground.