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John Ruskin College is a further education college and former school in the London Borough of Croydonmarker, which started life in 1920 as the John Ruskin Boys' Central School. It is situated in Forestdalemarker on the A2022marker (Selsdon Park Road), close to the A212marker roundabout, on the southern edge of London's conurbation. New Addingtonmarker is near, as is Gravel Hill tram stopmarker.


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, Shirleymarker, in 1955, and was retitled the John Ruskin High School in 1971 before being demolished in 1991. The upper forms transferred to Selsdonmarker 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 Southwarkmarker, nor the John Ruskin Schoolmarker Technology College in Cumbia, nor Ruskin College, Oxford.

Notable alumni and faculty

John Ruskin Grammar School


  1. John Ruskin Primary School, Axcis Education Recruitment.

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