Croydon College Group celebrates Investors in Diversity accreditation by the National Centre for Diversity

Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre recognised for their commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion

Croydon College Group, the further and higher education institution in South London, has been awarded Investors in Diversity accreditation by the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD).

The accreditation is a reflection of the colleges’ implementation of the National Centre for Diversity’s FREDIE principles – standing for Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.

The National Centre for Diversity is the UK’s leading diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I) authority. Its Investors in Diversity award recognises organisations that demonstrate commitment to FREDIE principles in all areas of their operation.

Croydon College Group has implemented a number of practical changes to ensure all staff and students are aligned with FREDIE principles.  Onsite training led by a NFCD trainer, establishing mental health first aiders and dignity at work advisors, and a continued commitment to publishing gender and ethnicity pay gap figures are just some of the measures the college group has taken during its journey towards accreditation.

The NCFD observed significant progress at the college group throughout their rigorous assessment process. Their findings include: 95% of all staff are aware of FREDIE principles; a 20% increase in staff who agree that the college group is effective at sending out strong messages of its commitment to FREDIE; and a 28% increase in the number of staff who have had diversity training within the last two years.

Caireen Mitchell, Principal and CEO, said: “We are passionate supporters of the NCFD’s mission, to empower individuals and work towards a fairer, more inclusive society. These values are at the heart of our colleges, so we are thrilled to have our efforts recognised by the NCFD. As Investors in Diversity, we will continue to follow FREDIE principles in all areas of our organisation.”

Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive at the National Centre for Diversity, said: “Congratulations to all the teams and leaders at Croydon College Group that contributed to the successful accreditation of the Investors in Diversity award. The colleges clearly evidenced their processes and were able to win the hearts and minds of their teams and change behaviours.”

To read more about Croydon College Group’s commitment to the Investors in Diversity award, visit:

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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