London Borough of Croydon

Virtual School for Children Looked After

Description of Service

The role of the Virtual School

The core purpose of the Virtual School is to drive up improvements in the educational progress and attainment of all children looked after by Croydon, including those that have been placed in schools in other authorities. As children looked after are being educated across a large number of schools, the virtual school has an important role in tracking their progress as if they were in a single school

Why is the Virtual School needed?

Many children looked after enjoy school, and think it is important. There are lots of individual children in care in Croydon (and children placed in other boroughs) who are meeting or exceeding their educational potential. However, it is nationally recognised that children in care have poor experiences of education and very low educational attainment compared to their non-looked after peers.

What can you expect from the Virtual School?

September 2017, saw the introduction of ePEP Online enabling the Virtual School to better ensure that every child looked after by Croydon has a good or outstanding Personal Education Plan document.

The Personal Education Plan records our commitments to ensuring that every young person in our care has access to the very best possible education experience and outcomes. Schools, colleges and social workers can access the ePEP via the following link:

Download guidance for schools and designated teachers.

For further information and guidance, please contact a member of the Virtual School Team most suited to answer your enquiry. For general enquiries contact:

Croydon Virtual School,
Children, Families and Education,
4th Floor, Zone A,
Bernard Weatherill House,
8 Mint Walk,
Croydon CR0 1EA

 020 8604 7694

Head of Service (interim): Sarah Bailey

Deputy Head of Service: Angela
Direct line: 020 8604 7093
Mobile: 07736 287 141

Senior Lead for Early Years/Primary and KS3: Rem Besim-Avsar -
020 8726 6000 Ext:47539
Mobile: 07739 631 435

Senior Lead for KS4 & Post 16: Celeste
020 8726 6000 Ext:62614
Mobile: 07871 584 239

Quality Assurance and Monitoring Manager: Lisa Davies -
020 8726 6000 Ext:62458
Mobile: 07763 579 892


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