John Ruskin College

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Template:Infobox UK school 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.


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 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, 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

John Ruskin Grammar School

  • Harold Bailey, Chairman of Associated British Foods from 2000–02
  • Sir Frank Barlow CBE, Secretary of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1959–79
  • Joseph Barnes, Chairman of Baxters from 1994–98
  • Francis Feates CB, Professor of Environmental Engineering at UMIST from 1991-95, Director of the HM Inspectorate of Pollution from 1989–91
  • Roy Hodgson, England and West Bromwich Albion football manager, former manager of Inter Milan, Fulham, and Liverpool
  • Air Vice-Marshal Richard Lacey CBE, Station Commander of RAF Benson from 1997-99
  • Professor Donald Leach CBE, Professor of Maths of Computing and Principal of Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh from 1985–96
  • Ralph McTell, singer-songwriter, wrote "Streets of London"
  • Sir Robert Phillis, Chief Executive of the Guardian Media Group from 1997–2006, and of All3Media since 2004, and of BBC Worldwide from 1994–97, and of ITN from 1991-93
  • Prof Terence Rabbitts FRS FMedSci, Professor of Molecular Biology, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK
  • Jamie Reid, artist who designed the Sex Pistols' album cover for Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, and most of their singles including "God Save the Queen"
  • Stuart Smith, President of the Lawn Tennis Association since 2006



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