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Skills and Education

Croydon is the economic powerhouse of the South East with 13,000 business and 141,000 jobs, which is only set to grow over the next 20 years.

It has 1.1m economically active people living with 30 minutes of East Croydon station, and an active and talented workforce.

A share of pupils achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C (or equivalent) in Croydon is in the top quartile performance of all local authority areas and 42% of its working age residents have degree equivalent qualifications. 

Croydon is implementing a major investment programme in schools over the next five years to cater for the largest proportional growth in the school population of any authority in England. 

Plans are afoot for a brand-new Croydon College building as part of the massive regeneration of the town centre. Croydon College incorporates University Centre Croydon, a relatively new institution. Most of its courses are validated by the University of Sussex and significant investment and refurbishment at the College Road education campus has provided impressive resources for its students.

Facts & Figures:

  • An additional 660 reception places, 450 entry-year secondary places, and 112 special educational needs places will be added through Croydon Council’s major schools’ expansion programme
  • Around 3,000 students – almost half of which are on a bursary – attend Trinity, Whitgift and Old Palace of John Whitgift School, run by The Whitgift Foundation and ranked amongst the best in the country.
  • Croydon College has more than 8000 students and is one of the largest and most successful providers of further and higher education courses in the south east.
  • Croydon School of Art counts pop star David Bowie, Sex Pistols’ Malcolm McLaren and Turner Prize nominees Helen Chadwick and Sean Scully among its alumni.