The role of Croydon Virtual School

Croydon Virtual School is not online learning or a school that children physically attend. It's a group of education and social care professionals, responsible for the progress of the children Croydon look after.

This includes:

  • children currently looked after
  • children previously looked after 
  • care leavers 

It is not a replacement for a normal school. Children in Croydon's care receive support with their education from the age of 2 to 19 years old. They are automatically eligible to receive direct support from the Croydon Virtual School team. This team is responsible for ensuring the best possible outcomes for them. 

The core purpose is to improve the educational progress and achievements of all children looked after by Croydon. This also includes children that have been placed in schools in other authorities. 

Children looked after by Croydon are being educated across a large number of schools. Croydon Virtual School plays an important role in tracking their progress as if they were in a single school. Sometimes these children have negative experiences with their education. Without additional support, they are more likely to under-achieve, compared to their peers. We want to make sure that the education of every child looked after by Croydon is valued and supported. To remove barriers and promote successful school experiences, Croydon Virtual School works closely with children looked after by Croydon, in conjunction with: 

  • teachers
  • social workers
  • foster carers

Previously looked after children

If you're a parent or carer of adopted or previously looked after children you can receive advice or guidance from Croydon Virtual School. You can contact us about this using the details at the bottom of this page

Pupil premium grant (PPG) + funding

Croydon Virtual School is responsible for allocating and distributing PPG+ funding to school settings. For any queries about this please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page


Virtual School Headteacher: Sarah Bailey Deputy Headteacher: Angela Griffiths

Croydon Virtual School


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