Croydon College: Past, Present and Future
At Croydon College you would be a part of a College with a long and well-established history of quality education provision, a unique and inspiring present and an exciting future.
Croydon College can trace its history back to 1868 when Croydon School of Art was first established. Twenty years later, in 1888, the Pitlake Technical Institute (which later changed its name to Croydon Polytechnic) was founded. These two institutions continued to educate separately in and around Croydon until the Polytechnic was destroyed by fire during the Second World War, prompting plans to combine them on a new site in Fairfield, right at the heart of Croydon. The new Croydon Technical College (later known as Croydon College of Design and Technology) opened its doors for the first time in 1955 and was finally completed and formally opened by the Queen in 1960.
In 1974 the College was renamed Croydon College and has remained as such on the main Fairfield site ever since. However, change and improvements have continued to be a part of Croydon College’s story…
The College now offers a broad range of academic and vocational qualifications including Construction, Engineering, Science, Business, Law, Care and Childcare, and Hospitality. To accommodate this wide range of subjects and to ensure the facilities were available to provide top quality provision, a new rotunda was built on the south side of the College building alongside modernisation of the rest of the building. The new development was opened by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in April 2012 and houses an impressive three-storey modern Library and Learning Resource Centre.
Croydon College has been providing quality higher education courses for a quarter of a century but in September 2012 the University Centre Croydon (UCC) was formally opened by The Prince of Wales and his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall. UCC provides higher education degree programmes in many subjects, most of which are validated and awarded by the University of Sussex.
In October 2013 Croydon College went back to its roots when former student and world renowned fashion designer John Rocha officially re-launched the Croydon School of Art. The School offers both college and degree courses across a range of disciplines, encouraging creativity and expression.
Alongside its strong academic and vocational teaching, Croydon College also offers a wider learning experience through a unique and inspirational enrichment and volunteering programme working closely with UNICEF UK. This incredible work was recognised in 2014 when the College was presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Granted to groups, rather than individuals, this award recognises the College’s outstanding achievements striving to improve the quality of life for others in the local community.
At Croydon College we are always looking towards the future – the future of our current students and how to help them achieve their aims, and the future of the College as a whole for the benefit of new students and the wider community.
The next few years at Croydon College will be an exciting time as the College continues along the path of rapid improvement towards our aim of outstanding provision for all our students. The College is also at the heart of Croydon Council’s plans to regenerate College Green into one of London’s leading cultural and educational destinations. The merger proposal with Coulsdon College, a sixth form college also located in the borough, will provide two ‘Good’ colleges with greater capacity to ensure our students continue to be successful. Together we will be more resilient and have greater scope to invest, increasing our capacity to innovate and respond effectively to local and regional needs. This will see the College contribute to making Croydon a thriving centre of opportunity and development.