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John Ruskin College
Motto 'the place to be'
Established 1920
Type Further education
Location Selsdon Park Road (A2022)
South Croydon
United Kingdom
LEA Croydon
Ofsted number 130434
Gender Mixed
Ages 16 to 19
Colours Blue & Green
Website John Ruskin College
Coordinates: 51°21′04″N 0°02′35″W / 51.351°N 0.043°W / 51.351; -0.043

John Ruskin College is a further education college and former school in the London Borough of Croydon, which started life in 1920 as the John Ruskin Boys' Central School. It is situated in Forestdale on the A2022 (Selsdon Park Road), close to the A212 roundabout, on the southern edge of London's conurbation. New Addington is near, as is Gravel Hill tram stop.



The original school was founded as a Central school in Scarbrook Road, Croydon, named after John Ruskin. It opened on 12 January 1920. The Lady Edridge School (later to become a grammar school in 1951) opened the same day.


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,[1] which is in Southwark, nor the John Ruskin School Technology College in Cumbria, nor Ruskin College, Oxford.

Notable alumni and faculty

John Ruskin Grammar School


External links


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