Category Archives: Croydon College

Electric House gets makeover for Britain’s 95th-best university

‘It’s a bit like saying Fulham are one of London’s top football teams.’ Our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest example of the council over-hyping its performance Unable to deliver the £1.4billion shiny new Westfield shopping mall that … Continue reading

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Revealed: Council’s plan for town centre is 95th-best university

GENE BRODIE, education correspondent, on the increasingly desperate-looking moves to salvage anything from the town centre regeneration Croydon Council’s “cunning plan” to dig the town centre out of the hole created for it by the Whitgift Foundation and Westfield is … Continue reading

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Coulsdon teachers go on strike over £700m funding shortfall

Teaching union members working at Coulsdon Sixth Form College will be on strike on Wednesday, demanding more funding for their students and their college. Across the country, the  National Education Union will be taking strike action at another 33 sixth … Continue reading

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Labour warns that education cuts threaten knife crime work

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner and Croydon MP Sarah Jones have warned that funding cuts to colleges and schools in Croydon risk jeopardising the good work being done in the borough to tackle knife crime. The Labour MPs met staff … Continue reading

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Council goes toe-to-toe with College over ‘university’

Croydon College and the University of Sussex have been providing degree courses in the town centre for a decade. Now the council, with its own multi-billion development plans in tatters, has decided to come up with a scheme of its … Continue reading

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Exhibition opens to celebrate 150 years of School of Art

An exhibition has opened at the Museum of Croydon in the Clocktower to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Croydon School of Art. The free exhibition is on display until April 14, and includes work from many of … Continue reading

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Reverse Jobs Fair matches applicants with employers

A council-backed event for local businesses to hire applicants with disabilities returns in October. The Reverse Jobs Fair, which is open to applicants with disabilities looking for everything from a permanent post to a temporary work placement, will be held … Continue reading

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Developers in multi-million-pound gamble over playing fields

Croydon College has sold off disused playing fields near the Purley Way to a private firm of housing developers, while the land does not have planning permission for housing. None of the parties to the secretive deal are willing to … Continue reading

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Tories oppose 2,000 homes in housing minister’s constituency

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the planning permission granted to a Labour council scheme which could make Gavin Barwell’s constituency a safe Tory seat Barely a year before the next Town Hall elections, and Croydon Tories last night handed a gift-wrapped … Continue reading

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Fairfield Halls CEO was paid in full prior to administration

The financial collapse of the charitable body which managed the Fairfield Halls did not prevent its chief executive, Simon Thomsett, receiving his salary payments in full right up to last Friday. Thomsett, who had worked at Fairfield Halls for six … Continue reading

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Car park gallery will force drivers to use Hammersfield spaces

Bit by bit, the Whitgift and Westfield takeover of the town centre continues, aided and abetted as usual by our pliant councillors. It has been announced – via a news report in Architects’ Journal – that part of the Fairfield … Continue reading

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Tories demand Newman keeps promise on Fairfield report

Croydon’s Conservative opposition has renewed demands that the council leader, Labour’s Tony Newman, fulfills his public promise to release a confidential report from consultants Mott MacDonald on the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls and Croydon College. The Tories … Continue reading

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We need quality homes, not quantity, to avoid ghettoes

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Location. Location. Location. LEWIS WHITE is less concerned about the need to build flats in the redevelopment at College Green, provided they offer enough open spaces and are of the right quality, and not mega-sized tower blocks David … Continue reading

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Can two-bedroom flats really be solution for Fairfield Halls?

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The scheme to redevelop Fairfield Halls and College Green could cost more than £70m, with Council Tax-payers taking much of the risk, says DAVID WICKENS Those that study regeneration and city centre proposals will have noticed that there … Continue reading

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100 jobs will be lost with two-year Fairfield Halls closure

The battle for Croydon’s cultural future took a twist at the Town Hall last night, with local Tories arguing against job cuts and wanting to spend more public money on the borough’s flagship arts facility, as STEVEN DOWNES reports Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Get your hard hat on: central Croydon is about to be closed

Central Croydon looks like it is going to be a ghost town for a couple of years, as its two flagship attractions, the Whitgift Centre and Fairfield Halls, are both closed for redevelopment at the same time. The temporary closure … Continue reading

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Croydon College free school proposal gets fobbed off by DfE

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports on the surprising reasoning given by Whitehall to block expansion plans around College Green It’s official: according to the Department for Education, there is no school places crisis in Croydon. That was the reason … Continue reading

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Is it time to park ill-considered plans for the Arena Academy?

Councillor ANDREW PELLING suggests that the mounting case against building a secondary academy at the Croydon Arena will get a thorough hearing at tonight’s planning committee My colleagues on the council’s planning committee will want to ask some pertinent questions … Continue reading

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Ofsted reports signal concerns over College’s free school plan

The school places shortage has already prompted a range of daft ideas in Croydon, from the notion of sticking a primary school in a listed building overlooking a six-lane urban motorway, to building on Metropolitan Open Land with barely a … Continue reading

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£150 – price of ‘scrutiny’ at council-backed Tech City ‘summit’

Kit Malthouse, Boris Johnson’s unelected Deputy Mayor of London and a failed candidate to become Conservative MP for Croydon South, is to open a Croydon Tech City “summit” next month, but which the public may attend only if they first … Continue reading

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Ghost Town – The Hauntology of Croydon: Apr 5-May 2

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St Giles’s dinner lady offers tasty food for thought

The daily meals on offer to pupils at Croydon’s St Giles Primary on Pampisford Road must be unrecognisable from the over-boiled cabbage and dry spotted dick (stop giggling at the back) that was the stuff usually dished up for school … Continue reading

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MP Reed speaks out against £500,000 cuts to Croydon College

Steve Reed, the MP for Croydon North, has described government plans to cut £500,000 of funding for 18-year-olds attending Croydon College as “completely misguided”. “These students are trying to improve their education and make themselves more employable and I cannot … Continue reading

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Which councillors attended Town Hall Christmas banquet?

Many thanks to all those who have already expressed support, and donated or offered other help, to Croydon Nightwatch as a result of Inside Croydon’s Christmas appeal. We have noted before the proximity, and stark contrast, between the grinding poverty … Continue reading

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Let’s find some remedies for growing issue on our streets

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It’s getting cold outside, and it seems likely that there will be more rough sleepers in Croydon this winter than ever before. MICKEY FINN offers some suggestions to improve, perhaps even save, the lives of some homeless people, … Continue reading

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