John Ruskin College

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John Ruskin College
Selsdon Park Road (A2022)

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Coordinates51°21′04″N 0°02′35″W / 51.351°N 0.043°W / 51.351; -0.043Coordinates: 51°21′04″N 0°02′35″W / 51.351°N 0.043°W / 51.351; -0.043
TypeFurther education
Motto'Real courses leading to real careers’
Local authorityCroydon
Department for Education URN130434 Tables
Head teacherKevin Standish
Age14 to 19+

John Ruskin College is a small 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.


A range of courses are available as follows:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Business
  • Creative Industries (Creative Digital Media Production, ICT, Graphic Design, Art and Design, and Photography)
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Hair & Beauty and Spa Therapies
  • Health, Care and Early Years
  • Science
  • Sport


Early years[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

John Ruskin Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "The history of Shirley Windmill". Friends of Shirley Windmill. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ John Ruskin Primary School Archived 2008-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, Axcis Education Recruitment

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