Throughout the last 100 years John Ruskin schools and colleges have offered a quality education, leading to a wide variety of career opportunities for the young people of Croydon.
John Ruskin Central School opened with 200 boys on January 12, 1920. In 1945 it became the John Ruskin Boys’ Grammar School, and in 1971 a mixed comprehensive 14-18 High School, renamed as John Ruskin High School.
In 1989 the school changed again, to a sixth form college under schools’ regulations, and following the 1993 Education Act came under further education – tertiary – regulations.
In February 2019, John Ruskin College, Croydon, currently specialising in Vocational Education merged with East Surrey College, in Redhill; both colleges retain their names and locations as part of Orbital South Colleges, which also includes Reigate School of Art. Kevin Standish is the current Principal of John Ruskin College.
Celebrations to mark this centenary will be taking place on Wednesday 10 June 2020. There will be a reunion and lunch for the Golden Alumni, those who joined before 1971 and their partners. In the afternoon, celebrations will expand to include all other alumni, former staff, and current staff and students. Click to find out more and to register to attend the event