John Ruskin College

About John Ruskin College

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Welcome to our website

Mohammed Ramzan Principal & Chief ExecutiveWelcome to the John Ruskin College website.
This site is designed to provide you with the key information you will need before making a decision to apply to study at this College. We are confident as to the quality of what we have to offer, which is why we recommend all our potential students with their parents or carers visit other providers as well as us before they make an application. We have worked very hard to create a special college in South Croydon that offers outstanding experiences and nationally recognised qualifications.

Mohammed Ramzan
Principal and Chief Executive



John Ruskin College is a small, supportive, highly successful, sixth form college situated in South Croydon surrounded by a beautiful green environment. It was graded outstanding by Ofsted in October 2013. Key statements in the report by Ofsted include that ’Teaching, Learning and Assessment are outstanding,’ ‘Support and Guidance are excellent,’ ‘The development of learners’ knowledge and skills is outstanding’ and ‘progression rates to higher levels of learning are high’ The College has specialised in vocational education for several years and has now increased its curriculum offer to include A level pathways, Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Why study at John Ruskin College?

The College is easy to reach from most areas with good links via bus and tram. We can also boast high quality industry facilities with the most recent being our state of the art Hair & Beauty Salons and Spa Training facilities, Digital Media Suite, a Photographic and Broadcasting studio as well as a Hospital style facility and simulated nursery. The College also has a competition standard Sports Hall and Fitness gym and first class Science labs. Other new developments include a state of the art Learning zone with discreet areas for one to one support and a one stop Student Services Lounge, which encompasses a common room for networking and recreation as well as a Careers advice centre, making it a truly inclusive experience.

You can choose from an exciting range of vocational courses:

JRC student
JRC students Business Management, Creative Industries which incorporates Art and Design, Graphic Design, Media, Film and TV and Photography;  Hair & Beauty and Spa TherapiesHealth, Care and Early Years, Science and Sports, as well as ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) and Foundation Learning. Our unique A level pathways, provide an exhilarating new way to study A levels. The A level subjects are grouped together into career pathways and cover the following areas, Medical Sciences, Technology & Engineering, Business, Health Sciences and Social Science. If you are looking to do an Apprenticeship then details of our increasing portfolio of Apprenticeships can be found here.

The College is not just about achieving qualifications. We offer an extensive list of additional activities including The Duke of Edinburgh Award,  sports and various societies as well as the opportunity to become an active member of the Student Partnership Council or train as an Ambassador for the College. Social events, theatre visits, trips and cultural diversity days feature annually in the College calendar. At John Ruskin College we pride ourselves on our professional and friendly approach. Every student is important to us, so your needs are our priority.

For further information, call us on 020 8651 1131 or email us and come and join us at one of our open events.

What our students say:

‘The things I have enjoyed most about the College are being treated like an adult and meeting a whole new variety of people’
Lucy – A Level Social Science

‘The College offers the best support I have ever received throughout my entire educational career.’
Teppituk – Level 3 Business

‘The amazing enrichment activities have made learning fun and engaging.’
Mohamed – Level 3 Science

Important information


Selsdon Park Road, Croydon, CR2 8JJ

Public Transport:

  • Bus Routes 64,130, 359, 314, 353, 466, T31, T32 and T33 stop near the College. Alight at Selsdon Park Road (359 and 64), Gravel Hill (130, 466), Featherbed Lane (359, T31, T32) or Addington Village Interchange (T3, 314, 353).
  • Tram Line 3 runs from central Croydon via Gravel Hill to New Addington. Alight at Gravel Hill.
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.