As Gordon Smith outlined in his October letter to you all I’d like to introduce myself as the Governing Body’s new Chair. I grew up and was educated in Croydon and have now returned after spending the last 30 years at Newcastle University where I was latterly the Deputy Vice Chancellor. I have seen personally how the College makes differences to lives with a nephew successfully graduating from Croydon in 2016 prior to embarking on a successful Master’s and a career as a Social Worker.

I am deeply honoured and privileged to become the new Chair and help continue Croydon College’s ‘Good to Great’ journey. I would like to pay tribute to Gordon for the 17 years he has served as a Governor, subsequently Vice-Chair and latterly as Chair. Gordon, together with the Executive Team, has charted the College through some turbulent times but leaves the College in good financial shape allowing it to move forward strongly in 2021 with confidence and continues to play a significant role in ensuring that the people of Croydon see the College as an anchor institution that enhances the life chances and aspirations of everyone in Croydon allowing them to achieve their potential.

As the second ‘lockdown’ has ended I would like to thank you all again for the magnificent way you initially responded including managing a significant amount of learning online as well as ensuring strong recruitment in September 2020 (where we have achieved and, in areas, exceeded our recruitment targets at Croydon and Coulsdon). Although, there is still much to do to strengthen the Apprenticeship, Vocational, HE and SEND arenas and articulating Croydon College’s impact on the Borough.

I would like to welcome three new external Governors to the college – Catherine Boyd-Maunsell (HR background), Claudine Reid (Social entrepreneurial and Leadership training background) and Andrew Gilchrist (FE background and Chair of Audit Committee), and our two student governors – Shayam Pillai (Croydon) and Abigail Azirou (Coulsdon). Coulsdon also has welcomed Odette Carew as the Principal of Coulsdon Sixth Form College taking over from Richard Beales who we have said a fond farewell as he takes a well-earned retirement.
I would also like to highlight the transitioning of our HE Validation partner from Sussex University to Roehampton University at the start of the next Academic Year and point out that we are investing in a Clinical Simulation Suite at the Croydon campus in anticipation of the launch of a Nursing degree with Roehampton commencing in September 2021.

I would like to reiterate my thanks to the entire College for playing a role in the success of the College this term, under exceedingly difficult circumstances, and I look forward to being part of the College as it goes from strength to strength. Importantly, I hope you all can take some well-earned rest during the Christmas Break and return re-invigorated for the new year.

Yours sincerely,
Tony Stevenson
Chair of Governors

Information for schools

Croydon College Group offers a wide range of activities to provide support to schools, parents, carers and students with post-16 decisions. Through activities both at the college and onsite at local schools, the diverse range of courses on offer at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre is explored.

Information is provided on the various opportunities available for both vocational and academic pathways. This, combined with the wide range of apprenticeships, delivered by the World of Work team, provides an important resource for post-16 options. 

Contact the team at or phone us on 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676 for more information.

Let’s work together:

Assemblies and Presentations

Delivered at your school and providing either a general overview of courses available or tailored specifically to the needs and interests of the student year group in attendance. Focus subjects could include apprenticeships, applying to universities, T Levels or sector-specific subjects.

Career Events & Options Evenings

Virtual or in-person we welcome the opportunity to support your events and engage with students and parents. Our team can also be available to attend application and interview workshops also GCSE results day. 

Onsite Taster Sessions

Engaging and interactive sessions with specialist lecturers in areas including criminology, fashion and textiles, media studies, music performance, photography, science and much more. Sessions can be held on-site at our colleges or at your school. Please enquire about specific subjects.

Campus Tours

Your students can tour our campuses, chat with members of the teams and explore our range of departments and facilities. Building your own tour, allows you to choose the areas your students are keen to view the most, and with a large course offering, this ensures they get the most out of their visit and enough time to ask any questions they may have.

The Programme can also help to support evidence of careers activity provision in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Croydon Colleges Group is always pleased to build strong relationships with local schools and sixth forms and produce a newsletter to keep schools and sixth forms up to date with the exciting work of School  Partnership Programme

To discuss your requirements further or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: or call 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676.


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