John Ruskin College

14-16 Frequently Asked Questions

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Direct entry at 14-16 Frequently Asked Questions

How is John Ruskin College able to offer a 14-16 School?

The  Government has given permission to Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges with a Good or Outstanding grade from Ofsted to directly enrol students aged 14 and over. This means that students who are currently in year 9 will now have a choice about where they study for their Key Stage 4.

What experience does John Ruskin College have with educating pupils from age 14?

John Ruskin College has a substantial background in working closely with 14-16 students, having worked closely over a number of years with our Local Authority to support the community agenda and deliver full-time 14-16 education to students who have been unable to gain a place in local secondary schools.

Will students at the John Ruskin College 14-16 School still follow the National Curriculum?

Our provision is carefully planned around a range of qualifications that meet the national curriculum. Check out our information on our curriculum offer for The John Ruskin College 14-16 School.

Will I have to pay fees?

No. The College is run in the same way as a state school and will be free to attend. However, some trips and activities undertaken with the College may have a cost attached to them, and you will be advised of these as and when they are arranged. As with state schools, in certain circumstances support can be arranged to ensure that all students are able to attend these activities.

Can students still receive free school meals?

Yes. Eligible students will still receive free school meals, just as they would at a school – please click here for further details or we will provide you with a form with your parent pack when your child is offered a place at the John Ruskin College 14-16 School.

Do 14-16 age students have to wear uniform?

The identification of our 14-16 full-time students is a key priority for us as part of our safeguarding procedures. A uniform ensures our 14-16 students are identifiable from our Post 16 students, supports students to look smart, and that standards of dress are maintained. The student uniform comprises of black trousers or a knee-length pleated skirt combined with a white shirt and black blazer and blazer badge. The John Ruskin College 14-16 School requires parents/carers to purchase their student’s uniform; financial assistance may be available via the Local Authority – please click here for further details.

How do I apply for my child?

You can apply direct to the College by completing the application form in the pack sent out, contacting to gain an application form or alternatively visiting the John Ruskin College website to complete an online application or download a copy. You can also apply by completing the Croydon Council ‘in-year’ secondary application form naming John Ruskin College as one of your choices.

What next?

After receiving your application we will write to you to invite you and your child in for an informal meeting where we can discuss areas of interest, current levels of study at school, areas of support and any additional information that would assist in supporting the John Ruskin College 14-16 School student.
Following this meeting a letter will be sent out to confirm the application outcome.


There are excellent transport links from Central Croydon and the surrounding area to John Ruskin College and its 14-16 School. For more information, click here.

I have a Looked After Child, what support do you have?

We have a wide range of experience of supporting Looked After Children, and have a designated Inclusion Officer who is responsible for setting up PEP meetings, attending LAC reviews and ensuring that the Pupil Premium Grant is spent according to the targets established in the PEP meeting. The Inclusion Officer routinely liaises with the Virtual Schools to ensure that we meet their exacting standards of support, and target setting to ensure that our Looked After Children are given every opportunity to succeed and progress.

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