East Surrey College and John Ruskin College Merger Confirmed
East Surrey College and John Ruskin College are delighted to confirm that their planned merger was finalized as scheduled on 1 February 2019. The new group of Colleges will be formed of East Surrey College, incorporating Reigate School of Art, and John Ruskin College under the group name of Orbital South Colleges. The merger presents an exciting occasion for the future, building on the strengths of the two Colleges, to create a high-quality, sustainable learning community, whilst retaining the identity of each organization. Both Colleges will maintain to extend their close working relationships with employers in their local fields and beyond to collaborate in curriculum development and student employment, generating a larger range of career and training possibilities and greater access for employers to talented, well-educated potential employees. The merged College will offer a comprehensive range of core abilities, technical and professional qualifications, and courses, as well as Apprenticeships ranging from Entry Level up to Degree Level courses including Degree Apprenticeships. Jayne Dickinson has been appointed Chief Executive of the Group, whilst also retaining the role of Principal at East Surrey College. We are delighted to announce that Kevin Standish has been appointed Principal of John Ruskin College and will also have responsibility for Quality across the Group.
Jayne Dickinson, Chief Executive commented:
“We value our close working relationships with all fields of the community, and this merger generates a wealth of occasions for us to grow together and achieve together. Our teams will continue to focus on delivering an outstanding offer and service to all our partners and stakeholders across the region.”
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