About John Ruskin College

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Welcome from Kevin Standish, Principal of John Ruskin College

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is KevinStandish-rgb2.jpgI am delighted that you are considering John Ruskin College for your next step and are looking to find out more about our courses and the services we offer.

On 1 February 2019, the merger between East Surrey College incorporating the Reigate School of Art, and John Ruskin College took place as planned under the group name of Orbital South Colleges. Our merger presents an exciting opportunity for the future, building on the very many strengths of our Colleges to create a high-quality, sustainable learning community; whilst still very much retaining the identity of each organisation.

At John Ruskin College we are very experienced in successfully delivering vocational qualifications. For September 2020 we have increased our curriculum offer to include an exciting variety of new full time vocational courses at a wide range of levels, including the following subject areas: Accounting, Air cabin CrewArt and Design, Beauty, Make-Up and Spa, Business, Construction, Digital Media, EngineeringGames DesignGraphic Design, Hairdressing, Health, Care and Early Years, IT, Legal Secretaries, Photography, Plumbing, Public Services, Sport, Science, and Travel and Tourism. Alongside your chosen vocational course, you will also engage in valuable work experience related to your qualification.

We also work with a wide range of employers and are therefore able to offer Apprenticeships in many areas.

Our first-class teaching staff have excellent subject knowledge and substantial industry experience. They will support you to gain the skills you need – whether you are considering university, employment or an Apprenticeship. Last academic year, we achieved 98% pass rate on our Level 3 vocational courses with 80% achieving high grades.

Of course College is not just about studying, you will have the opportunity through our well established Enrichment programme to gain skills, pursue new interests and have fun. We offer a wide range of sporting activities such as basketball, football, cricket, table tennis, volleyball, rugby and beach rugby. There are also numerous clubs and societies you can get involved in, as well as becoming a student ambassador and a member of the Student Partnership Council.

The College has high quality, industry standard facilities which include a state -of- the- art digital media suite, a professional photography studio, known as the Sugar Cube and commercial on- site Hair, Beauty and Spa salons. The Health, Care and Early Years Department also has a virtual nursery facility. The Learning Resource Centre, complete with specialist facilities, complements our Client Services Centre which provides a one stop service to enrich the student experience. This area includes a Common Room which offers an independent space for leisure and networking, as well as a Careers Advice Centre, making it a truly inclusive experience. Other facilities include a competition standard sports hall and fitness gym and first class Science Labs. The ten-acre site also includes a well- maintained football pitch.

John Ruskin College has been accredited with several awards over the last few years; the full Matrix National quality kitemark as well as the Quality in Careers standard, both relating to its excellent advice and guidance. More recently at the National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards, the College was placed among the top 100 organisations that the National Centre of Diversity works with, at the prestigious position of number 4. The College was in the top 25% for value added during 2018/19 academic year.

Whatever your interest, do browse through our website and prospectus for ideas, and don’t forget our Open Events which provide an opportunity for you to have a tour of the College, meet with tutors and hear from our current students. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the College.

Important information

For 2020 entry, please note the following dates for our Open Events:

  • Thursday 5 December 2019, 17:30 – 20:00
  • Tuesday 25 February 2020, 17:30 – 20:00
  • Tuesday 23 June 2020, 17:30 – 20:00

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.
AC National Centre for Diversity - Most Improved Organisation of the year 2019 National Centre for Diversity - Number 4 in the Top 100 Index 2019 Leaders in Diversity National Centre for Diversity Top 100 Matrix The Quality in Careers Standard 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.