Beside the entrance path to the school lie the school playing fields. Lush and green, they are kept immaculate by the grounds staff, and provide a successfully shared space for both cricket and rugby in their different seasons. A little behind the school name plaque shown below are rhododendrons which are surrounded by bulbs in spring.
Whitgift School, an independent boys school in Croydon, has an historic association with the Elizabethan era. Founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, the last Archbishop of Canterbury in the reign of Elizabeth I, the school chose another Elizabethan connection when it moved to Haling Park, Croydon, in 1931. The park was the former home of Lord Howard of Effingham, the Lord High Admiral of the fleet sent out against the Spanish Armada by Queen Elizabeth I. If you look closely in the photo below, you will spot a topiary of sailing ships, enabling you to imagine the boats setting off on their mission nearly half a millennium ago.