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John Ruskin College December newsletter 2016

January 12, 2017

Click here to download the latest John Ruskin College newsletter (pdf)

Message from the Principal and Chief Executive

Mohammed Ramzan

Mohammed RamzanOur first term back has been hugely successful with high demand for college courses. Our Apprenticeship offer is growing and our Vocational and A level Pathways are proving to be very popular. The achievement of our students continues to improve, reflecting the hard work of staff and students. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved. We have very high ambitions for all of our students, and we all recognise the need to continue to place student success at the heart of everything we do. My message to students and staff this year is a simple one: let’s be more ambitious and seek to really raise the bar in terms of what we can achieve together, with teaching and learning that challenges, excites and inspires.

I know that I can rely on the support of parents and carers as we embark on this journey and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks and months.

We have hosted a number of high profile visits to the College, including the Mayor of Croydon, to share the success of our study programmes and our students’ achievements. Some of our students were involved in an international trip to Holland – this was one of a variety of enrichment opportunities supporting our students in their out-of-classroom experiences to de-velop their wider skills such as employability and leadership skills.

Time is short — the year is going by quickly — and we encourage students to truly embrace their John Ruskin College experience and make it their own.

The early signs this year are that students are working incredibly hard and that final touches are being made to those all-important university or job applications for our Year 13 students.

Our first Open Event in October was very successful with a 16% increase in the demand for places compared with the previous year. Applications are coming in for next September and as expected, demand is high. My advice to any prospective applicant is to apply now and secure your place to avoid disappointment.

Finally, best wishes for the forthcoming festivities.


Meet the Student Partnership Council for 2016/17

Student Partnership Council for 2016/17The Student Partnership Council (SPC) represents the Learner Voice at John Ruskin College.

This year 4 students ran for President and the election campaign culminated in Election Day on 17th October. On this day each candidate gave a speech as to why they should be elected and then all students across KS4 and Post 16 voted for their choice. The successful winner for President was Ergest Zejnelaj and the runner up Khatija Abdul-Latif was voted Vice President.

The rest of the SPC were elected from the Learner Representatives and voted for by tutors to be departmental reps and sit on the Student Partnership Council.

The SPC attend ‘hot seats’ with the Principal and Vice Principals; they sit on various College Committees and Ergest and Khatija both attend Corporation Meetings.

In this way the Learner Voice is heard across the College. In addition the SPC are always visible around the College; as student ambassadors they represent the College at many events ie Awards Event and the Open Days providing tours and promoting the College to prospective students.


Work Skills Academy

  • STOP PRESS!!!
    Apprenticeships allow you to ‘earn and learn’ at the same time; an opportunity to work towards a qualification and gain real work experience at the same time.
    Visit the Work Skills Academy for more details…
  • TRAINEESHIPS
    We also offer Pre-Apprenticeship Programmes known as Traineeships.
    A Pre-Apprenticeship Programme is an education and training programme with work experience, focused on giving young people aged 16-24 the skills and experi-ence that employers are looking for.
    We are intending to create new Traineeship groups, starting January and March. If you know someone who may be interested, tell them to check our website www.johnruskin.ac.uk for details.
  • SKILLS WEEK – 28th NOVEMBER
    We launched Skills Week Monday 28th November. This was a week of activities to promote Work Experience and work related learning for our existing students.
    There were guest speakers, mock interviews, teambuilding and activities.

The Atrium Hair, Beauty & Spa is a commercial salon within John Ruskin College

The Atrium HairIf you’re looking to pamper yourself, our salons offer a large range of treatments at a hugely discounted price compared to what you would pay on the high street. You will get outstanding value for money with high quality products used.

All treatments are carried out by our trainee learners who are overseen by qualified teachers and assessors who have extensive years of salon experience.

So why not help our learners build on their experience and knowledge while you sit back and enjoy being looked after.

To book an appointment please call 0208 651 7636 or send an email to Lesley. waters@johnruskin.ac.uk.

Opening times

Monday to Friday : 9am—5pm
Tuesday Late Night : 5pm—8pm


Mayor of Croydon visits John Ruskin College to celebrate International participation of John Ruskin College students

Mayor of Croydon visits John Ruskin CollegeThe Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor kindly gave up his time on 19th October to share experiences with our students on their recent visit to Arnhem.

Five students and two members of staff spent five days in Arnhem, (14th-18th September), representing Croydon at the annual ‘YOUCEE’ International Youth conference, in commemoration of the second world war, and in particular the battle of Arnhem in 1944. The link between Croydon and Arnhem has existed since 1946 after both towns suffered extensive war damage in World War 2.

The trip included, taking part in a Model United Nations debate, witnessing a parachute drop at Ginkel Heath and attending commemoration services for the fallen soldiers, where students were chosen to lay wreaths. The opportunity to develop team building skills and presentation skills was also a key part of their experience as well as forming friendships with people from all around the world.

The Mayor commented, “This was a wonderful life experience for the students seeing the parachute drop into the same fields as a drop zone in 1944. Amongst those who lost their lives in 1944 were many of Croydon’s sons. It was right that our young people today value the heroic action taken by those not much older than themselves”

The students described the trip as “heartwarming and emotional” and commented that it was an experience they would never forget.

Mohammed Ramzan, Principal of John Ruskin College says, “The College feels very privileged to be part of such a prestigious International event each year. It provides an amazing experience for our students.”


Open Day 31st January 2017 5pm – 8pm

This is an opportunity for prospective students to visit the College, have a tour, find out about the many courses we have to offer and speak to our friendly students and staff.

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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.