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John Ruskin College


John Ruskin College

John Ruskin College
Motto '...your career starts here'
Established 1920
Type Further education
Headteacher Tim Eyton-Jones
Location Selsdon Park Road (A2022)
South Croydon
Greater London
United Kingdom
Local authority Croydon
DfE number 306/8601
DfE URN 130434 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–19

John Ruskin College is a sixth form college situated in Addington Village, London, on the A2022 (Selsdon Park Road), close to the A212 roundabout. The college is accessible by tram via Gravel Hill tram stop.


  • Courses 1
  • History 2
    • Early years 2.1
    • Grammar school 2.2
  • See also 3
  • Alumni and faculty 4
    • John Ruskin Grammar School 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


A range of BTEC and NVQ Diplomas are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Business, Legal and Financial Services (Business and Law, Business and Finance)
  • Creative Industries and Technology (Creative Media Production, IT, Graphic Design and Photography)
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Hair & Beauty and Spa Therapies
  • Health, Care and Early Years
  • Sports and Science (including HNC in Sports Therapy)


Early years

John Ruskin College was a former school in the London Borough of Croydon, which started life in 1920 as the John Ruskin Boys' Central School. Its location was Scarbrook Road, Croydon. Named after John Ruskin, it opened on 12 January 1920. The Lady Edridge School, its sister school for girls (later to become a grammar school in 1951) opened the same day. Lady Edridge was wife of a Mayor of Croydon and the first "Lady Freeman" of the Borough. It closed in 1980 and was demolished.

Grammar school

In 1935 the school moved to Tamworth Road, and in April 1945 it was granted grammar school status as the John Ruskin Grammar School for Boys (JRGS). It had been previously the John Ruskin Selective Central School. It moved to Upper Shirley Road, Shirley, in 1955, and was retitled the John Ruskin High School in 1971 before being demolished in 1991. The Upper Shirley Road site surrounded the Shirley Windmill, a 19th-century tower mill.[1] The upper forms transferred to Selsdon to form the present John Ruskin College, utilising the premises previously known as John Newnham Secondary Selective School, named after a 20th-century town clerk of the old County Borough of Croydon.

See also

The college should not be confused with John Ruskin Primary School,[2] which is in Southwark, nor the John Ruskin School Technology College in Cumbria, nor Ruskin College, Oxford.

Alumni and faculty

  • The author and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge briefly taught at the school several times while a student, where his father, Henry Muggeridge, was Chairman of the Governors
  • Feroz Abbasi, a former detainee at Camp X-Ray arrested in Afghanistan, is a former student of the college
  • The actor and playwright Mick Ford was a pupil at John Ruskin Grammar School in the late 1960s, during which time he played Hamlet in an acclaimed school production; he was also a member of the National Youth Theatre
  • John Rowlands, an economics teacher who retired in 2009, is to date the longest serving member of staff with 43 years of teaching at the college and received an MBE for his services to education in 2009[3][4]

John Ruskin Grammar School


  1. ^ "The history of Shirley Windmill". Friends of Shirley Windmill. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  2. ^ John Ruskin Primary School, Axcis Education Recruitment
  3. ^ Teacher nominated by students joins Status Quo rocker on Croydon's New Year's Honours list Croydon Guardian, 31 December 2009
  4. ^ "Anne Smith (JRHS teacher/principal (1970-99) celebrates John Rowlands' career". JRGS Alumni Society. Mel Lambert. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Professor Donald Leach, 3 March 2009

External links

  • John Ruskin College
  • Establishment: John Ruskin College EduBase
  • John Ruskin Grammar School - Memories of the former school The Terry Family
  • History of the former school JRGS Alumni Society
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