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Academy Status

Following consultation, the governors agreed to move towards St Chad's Catholic School becoming an academy.  St Chad's will continue to be known as St Chad's Catholic School and remain under the governance of the existing governors as a school that has chosen to convert to academy status.  

The school converted to Academy Status on 1st April 2016.

The school's company number is: 10037192

Information for parents and carers who want to improve their English skills

CALAT training – English for speakers of other languages

CALAT offers courses in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for people who are settled in the UK, want to improve their English language skills, and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Courses are offered at a number of levels:

Pre-entry (beginners)

Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3

Level 1, Level 2

Courses are at a number of different times – morning, afternoon and evenings

All learners will be assessed and advised before they join a course. You will need to bring your passport or Home Office papers, proof of benefit (if applicable), National Insurance Number and payment for the course (if applicable)

ESOL classes are FREE for learners seeking employment and receiving Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), ESA (WRAG) or other means-tested benefits

Courses run for 50, 70 or 110 hours over a 10 week term. For learners who work or are not on benefits the hourly fee is £4.20

Courses run at 3 learning centres in the borough –

  • Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET
  • Strand House, Zion Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8RG
  • 61 Central Parade, New Addington, Croydon, CR0 0JD

ESOL classes are also available at Upper Norwood library. Please go to to find out more

Please go to to find out more or to book on to a course