John Ruskin College

Curriculum Offer

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Direct entry is closed for 2016-2017

Curriculum Offer

We run a number of different programmes to meet individual student needs, always focusing on and encouraging students to have high standards and high expectations. Our provision is carefully planned around a range of qualifications that meet the National Curriculum. Our curriculum offer has been designed to support entry at either year 10 or year 11 and we particularly excel at supporting foreign language students to develop the skills to attain English qualifications. Our 14- 16 School staff are highly specialised and many staff have previously worked in secondary schools.

The College is funded to take 14-16 year old students as direct entry. A referral from a local authority such as Croydon Council is not always needed.

Vocational Pathways:

Our students have a unique opportunity to complete a Study Programme in their chosen vocation. They will achieve a specialist qualification in their subject area plus GCSE English, Maths and Science and short GCSEs in History and Religious Education. The curriculum also includes essential ICT, equipping them for the workplace of the future. PE is also an important part of our unique programme which fosters team skills, health and well-being. The vocational pathways that students can choose from are:

  • Sport
  • Creative Media
  • Health and Social Care

Students will participate in a learning experience which will enhance their professional, cultural and social development and become well-rounded Individuals who are prepared for the next steps in their lives.

ESOL Pathway

Students with English as a second language will have the unique opportunity to complete a Study Programme which focuses on development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills so that they are prepared for their next step in education, training or employment. They will achieve a specialist ESOL qualification plus Maths, ICT and an Entry Level Certificate in Vocational Studies. Vocational Studies covers a range of trades and occupations at an introductory level supporting students to become career-focused. They will also develop employability skills to equip them for their future careers.

Extra Curriculum:

A range of sporting and social activities, PSHE, educational visits, trips and competitions

 Why John Ruskin College 14-16 School? – This is what our current students say:

  • “The teachers are friendly and I trust them.”
  • “They treat me like a grown-up.”
  • “I have really improved my English.”
  • “They (the teachers) explain things in a way I understand.”
  • “I have made good friends here.”
  • “I really enjoy the sports and other clubs.”

How to apply

Matrix Matrix AC LSIS Leaders in Diversity Ofsted Outstanding Investors In People - Gold Investors In People - Gold 2015 Croydon Business Excellence Awards Sixth Form Colleges Association EU

As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.