Welcome from Kevin Standish, Principal of John Ruskin College
I 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 and offer an exciting variety of full time vocational courses at a wide range of levels, including the following subject areas: Art and Design, Beauty and Spa, Business, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, Health, Care and Early Years, Photography, as well as Sport and Science. 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 100% pass rate on our Level 3 vocational courses with 70% achieving high grades. Progression rates are high, with 94% of students having successfully progressed to university, employment or an Apprenticeship in Summer 2018.
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 Student 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 is also among the top 25% in the country for value- added.
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.
For 2019 entry, please note the following dates for our Open Events:
- Tuesday 26th March 2019, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
- Tuesday 25th June 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Selsdon Park Road, Croydon, CR2 8JJ
- 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.