Executive Headteacher Welcome

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in this exciting project to build a brand new school in South Croydon.  This offers a unique opportunity for the founding staff to shape and influence the future aspirations of many young people in Croydon.  The success of our Free School bid was underpinned by the distinctive ethos that contributed to the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement given in January 2017 to another Folio Education Trust school.  Wallington County Grammar School.  Consequently, the team at Folio wants to see this approach shared and developed at Coombe Wood School.

All Folio schools share in the understanding that ‘we believe in ourselves and we believe in each other’.  This drive and determination to discover and reach our personal best is demonstrated through Coombe Wood’s core values (teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, sportsmanship) which embody all aspects of school life.  All staff recruited to work for Folio, including those in the new school, will need to embrace these underlying values and use their strength of character to adapt to the growing needs of colleagues and pupils within the School.

We are excited to have received over 500 applications for the 180 places we have within our first cohort, demonstrating the huge appetite and support for what we have to offer.  If you are up for the challenge then please consider joining us on a journey of career development and aspirational teaching.


Jonathan Wilden

Executive Headteacher, Folio Education Trust