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East Surrey College and John Ruskin College Merger Confirmed

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East Surrey College and John Ruskin College are delighted to confirm that their planned merger was finalised as scheduled on 1 February 2019.

The new group of Colleges, will be formed of East Surrey College, incorporating Reigate School of Art, and John Ruskin College under the group name of Orbital South Colleges.

The merger presents an exciting opportunity for the future, building on the strengths of the two Colleges, to create a high-quality, sustainable learning community, whilst retaining the identity of each organisation.

Both Colleges will continue to extend their close working relationships with employers in their local areas and beyond to collaborate in curriculum development and student employment, generating a wider range of career and training possibilities and greater access for employers to talented, well-trained potential employees. The merged College will offer a comprehensive range of core skills, technical and professional qualifications and courses, as well as Apprenticeships ranging from Entry Level up to Degree Level courses including Degree Apprenticeships.

Jayne Dickinson has been appointed Chief Executive of the Group, whilst also retaining the role of Principal at East Surrey College.  We are delighted to announce that Kevin Standish has been appointed Principal of John Ruskin College and will also have responsibility for Quality across the Group.

Jayne Dickinson, Chief Executive commented:

“We value our close working relationships with all areas of the community, and this merger generates a wealth of opportunities for us to grow together and achieve together.  Our teams will continue to focus on delivering an outstanding offer and service to all our partners and stakeholders across the region.”

Both Colleges have upcoming Open Events providing a perfect chance for anyone wishing to explore the exciting increased offer that this merger brings to them as individuals or to their business, and we would invite them to come and meet with us to find out more.


East Surrey College Open Events

  • Thursday 10 October 2019, 17:30 – 20:00
  • Saturday 16 November 2019, 10:00 – 14:00
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020, 17:30 – 19:30
  • Saturday 13 June 2020, 10:00 – 13:00

John Ruskin College Open Events

  • Saturday 5th October 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 19th November 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday 5th December 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 25th February 2020, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 23rd June 2020, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
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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.