Spurgeon’s College commits to the Economic Recovery Action Plan for South London

Spurgeon’s College, based in South Norwood and one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, has committed to supporting the South London Partnership (SLP)’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, aimed at helping to restore and develop local South London communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside ten other leading South London higher and further education institutions, the College will work with the five London Boroughs and with local businesses to support innovation, help create new jobs, and promote business development and growth.

Supporting the Economic Recovery Action Plan forms part of Spurgeon’s College’s commitment to supporting its local communities through collaboration with small businesses and other community partners. It builds on the College’s recent work, in partnership with the London Borough of Croydon and the Croydon Business community, to launch the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce from its campus in Croydon.

Looking ahead, the College hopes to be able to further strengthen and build on its work and relationships with the local business community though its proposed development to improve the campus. This ambition forms part of the College’s wider plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, enabling it to offer higher education and developmental opportunities to more people within the Borough.

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack said:

“We are delighted to be able to support the South London Economic Recovery Plan, as our communities work to rebuild from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Higher education plays a vital role in local economies – both through supporting local businesses and by providing highly skilled graduates for the local workforce. It is now more important than ever that our institutions work together – and in collaboration with the wider community and Boroughs – to meet the challenges created by the pandemic, and the Economic Recovery Plan is an essential step in this direction.

“As a deeply embedded member of the Croydon community, we are proud to be working closely with local businesses to support the economic recovery from COVID and we are committed to accelerating the social, cultural and economic development of our local area. The Economic Recovery Plan marks an important collective call to action which we at Spurgeon’s College are excited to be a part of.”

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Spurgeon’s College sponsors Preventing Knife Crime (PKC) Academy’s summer football tournament to support local youth development

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, was pleased to sponsor this weekend’s Preventing Knife Crime (PKC) Academy’s summer football tournament at the Selhurst sports arena. The event brought together over 70 young players from the local community to enjoy a competitive and fun afternoon of football.

PKC is a football organisation based in Croydon, set up to make football accessible to all young people. The Academy works to teach young people the transferable skills that they need to be successful in life through football, as well as giving them opportunities and keeping them healthy and active.

Sponsoring the event forms part of Spurgeon’s College’s commitment to supporting the local community through helping to develop youth talent and promote social mobility within Croydon. This ambition forms part of the College’s wider plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, enabling it to offer higher education and developmental opportunities to more people within the Borough.


“As a higher education institution and a deeply embedded member of the local Croydon community, we recognise how important it is to provide young people with opportunities and pathways for self-development and success. We were therefore delighted to be able to sponsor the PKC Academy’s summer football tournament over the weekend. The tournament forms an important part of the Academy’s wider mission to promote social mobility and nurture youth talent, particularly for underprivileged groups, and Spurgeon’s College was proud to be able to provide sponsorship.”

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack


“On behalf of the whole Academy and the fantastic teams who played on Saturday, I want to thank Spurgeon’s College for providing sponsorship for our local community football tournament. It was an excellent day of football which allowed all of the players to showcase their hard work in training over the previous months. As an organisation which relies much on external funding and sponsors, we are truly grateful to the College for their sponsorship and support to enable the tournament to go ahead. We also want to thank Croydon Councillor Patsy Cummings for all of her work to support the organisation of the event, particularly in connecting the Academy and Spurgeon’s College.”

Founder of the PKC Academy, Craig Foster


“It was fantastic to see this year’s PKC Academy football tournament taking place over the weekend. After such a difficult 18 months due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever that young people are given the space and opportunity to develop their skills and social engagement. I want to thank the Academy for hosting such a brilliant tournament, and Spurgeon’s College for sponsoring this great afternoon of football, helping to support and cultivate some of the potential and talent that exists in our local communities.”

Councillor Patsy Cummings, Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainable Croydon, Culture & Regeneration and Race Equality Champion at Croydon Council

Spurgeon’s College sponsored launch of the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, has sponsored and hosted the launch of the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce (SELCC) from its campus in Croydon. Members of the Croydon business community gathered alongside local politicians and charity leaders for a COVID-safe event at the College on the evening of June 24th to celebrate the launch.

Working in partnership with the London Borough of Croydon and the Croydon Business and third sector community the launch event celebrated the collaboration in the community throughout the pandemic to support local businesses and focused on the need to harness this local cooperation as the UK emerges from the pandemic. Attendees at the event had the opportunity to network, share best practise, meet key partners and meet representatives from the SELCC.

Hosting the event forms part of the College’s commitment to supporting the local community through access to its grounds and facilities – something the College hopes to be able to do more of though its proposed development to improve the campus. This ambition forms part of Spurgeon’s College’s plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, enabling it to offer higher education opportunities to more people within the Borough.

During the event, attendees heard speeches from Julie Agbowu, Board Member of South East London Chamber of Commerce and Croydon Division Lead; Helen McIntosh, President of South East London Chamber of Commerce; Cllr Hamida Ali, Leader of Croydon Council; Richard Burge, Chief Executive at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed, Cabinet Member for Communities, Safety and Business Recovery; and Rev Professor Philip McCormack, Principal of Spurgeon’s College.


“We are delighted to be able to support the launch of the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce, and we are so pleased to be able to welcome members of the local community back onto our campus in a COVID safe way. Higher education plays a vital role in local economies – both through supporting local businesses and by providing highly skilled graduates for the local workforce. We are delighted to be working closely with the business community in Croydon and in turn supporting the economic recovery from COVID.”

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor Philip McCormack


“It is fantastic to be here at Spurgeon’s College, announcing the launch of the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce. The new division will help us to unleash all the potential and talent that exists in Croydon to the benefit of our local community, businesses and economy. I also know that Spurgeon’s College itself has great plans for the coming months and years which we want to do everything we can to support.”

Leader of the Croydon Council, Councillor Hamida Ali


“Our vision for the new Croydon Division of the South East London Chamber of Commerce is to support the micro, small and larger businesses across Croydon to leverage the strengths of these businesses for the benefits of the residents across the borough. We were delighted for Spurgeon’s College to sponsor the event and be the host for our launch where leaders across business, third sector and the council are able to come together and look forward to how best to collaborate to benefit the local economy as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Julie Agbowu, Board Member of South East London Chamber of Commerce and Croydon Division Lead


“Through my work in the community in one of the most diverse boroughs in London and which holds thousands of micro, small and medium Black Asian and Minority Ethnic businesses in the borough, I know first-hand of the support these entrepreneurs need, and I am delighted that the South East London Chamber of Commerce has launched their new Croydon division to support these businesses in our community. I am especially pleased that the launch was hosted at Spurgeon’s College who are providing office space for the Croydon division to work from.”

Councillor Patsy Cummings, Ward Councillor for South Norwood, Deputy Cabinet Minister for Sustainable Croydon, Culture & Regeneration and Race Equality Champion


“As President, I am delighted to welcome Croydon into SELCC. We now cover five London Boroughs – Royal Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, Bexley and Croydon. At the launch, I was delighted to sign the renewal of SELCC’s Affiliation to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and to include Croydon as part of the chamber family.”

Helen McIntosh, President of the South East London Chamber of Commerce

Spurgeon’s College announces new degree courses in Croydon as part of its partnership with Liverpool Hope University

Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s leading Christian Colleges, has announced that from September 2021, three new joint honours degree programmes, across six new subject areas will be delivered at its campus in Croydon.

The new three joint honour degree programmes will be in:

The College is partnering with Liverpool Hope University’s ‘Network of Hope’ to deliver the new degree courses. The ‘Network of Hope’ aims to support colleges deliver flexible, higher education courses to communities which would otherwise not have such a provision. The additions to the portfolio of courses offered at the College and subsequent growth in its educational offer marks an important step in the College’s plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon.

Last year the College also added two new Masters programme to their existing portfolio – the Masters in Digital Theology Degree and the Masters of Ministry Degree. The new courses add to the College’s existing suite of study options, which includes undergraduate courses in Theology, Ministerial training and gold standard Counselling courses. The College’s new and existing portfolio of courses responds to the educational needs and wants of the Borough of Croydon, with Spurgeon’s graduates going on to make valuable contributions as community leaders or mental health and wellbeing professionals within the local area.

The College plays an important role in supporting underrepresented groups within Croydon into Higher Education, and delivers courses flexibly as weekday, evening or weekend courses. As part of Spurgeon’s College’s plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon, the College hopes to be able to offer higher education opportunities to more people within the Borough. The College currently has around 600 students enrolled, with the new courses opening up opportunities for hundreds more students.

Principal of Spurgeon’s College, Rev Professor, Philip McCormack said:

“We are delighted to have partnered with Liverpool Hope University’s ‘Network of Hope’, to deliver these three new degree courses from Spurgeon’s College. The expansion of this educational offer means that we are able to offer more courses to more students within the Borough of Croydon, taking us closer to realising our ambition of becoming the first-home grown university in Croydon.

“As a deeply embedded member of the Croydon community, I am so proud of the role our College has played in supporting the provision of higher education within the local area for nearly 100 years, particularly in supporting underrepresented groups. I am excited for our College to continue to develop our educational offer and expand the support we provide to our local community.”

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University said:

“We are so pleased to have partnered with Spurgeon’s College, through our ‘Network of Hope’ to help support the provision of higher education with Croydon. This partnership with Spurgeon’s College is the first Network of Hope partnership outside of the North West and represents a significant step in the growth of the Network and of Spurgeon’s College’s educational offer. We are proud to be able to support the College’s ambitious plans to become the first home-grown university in Croydon.”

Member of Parliament for Croydon North and Shadow Communities Secretary, Steve Reed MP said:

“The announcement from Spurgeon’s College that three new joint honours degree courses are being added to their higher educational offering is exciting news for our Borough. Education has the power to transform lives and I am so pleased that more of these important opportunities are becoming available in our local area thorough the expansion of Spurgeon’s College’s degree courses. Further, student populations make a valuable contribution to local economies, and we are pleased that the increase in student numbers at the College will help to support this.

“The College has been a valued member of our community for nearly 100 years, providing higher education provision within the Borough and producing highly trained graduates who then go on to support our local area. I very much look forward to the expansion of their course portfolio, and the opportunities this will bring to Croydon.” 

Leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Hamida Ali said:

“I am delighted by the announcement that Spurgeon’s College is partnering with Liverpool Hope University’s Network of Hope to deliver 3 new joint honours degree courses, here in Croydon. This represents an exciting opportunity for our community to take advantage of expanding educational opportunities available within the local area.

“The flexible way that the College delivers their courses, on weekends, weekdays and evenings, means that the transformative power of education and the opportunities it can bring for both individuals and the local community, are accessible to more people within our Borough.”

Local ward councillor, Cllr Karen Jewitt said:

“I have been working closely with Spurgeon’s College, particularly over the course of the pandemic, to help support our local community through the Lunch and Social Club for elders that we host on the College’s site. Through this work, I have become aware of the important social and community benefits that the College brings to the local area. I am so pleased that the College is expanding its educational offer and in turn expanding these benefits.”

Local ward councillor, Cllr Pat Clouder said:

“Spurgeon’s College is deeply embedded in our ward of Thornton Heath and the Borough as a whole. I am delighted to see the College partner with Liverpool Hope University’s ‘Network of Hope’, to deliver new degree courses to those in the local area and further afield. I am excited for the College to welcome the first cohort of students on these courses in September, and I wish those undertaking the courses every success.”

Library Access for Current Students

In line with the government’s roadmap, we are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening some student services on campus from Monday 17th May 2021. This means that you will be able to book to come and visit the library and book to come and visit staff members for a socially distanced Covid19 secure visit.  Before your visit to the College in light with the government advice to Higher Education Providers we would ask that you take a lateral flow test, which can be ordered for free from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If you do not take a lateral flow test before you travel, there is a lateral flow testing centre on site which can provide you with a test. Please allow 45 minutes for your test to be processed on site.

You should expect the reception team to ask to see your same day negative result, when you arrive.

Unless you have an exemption you are required to wear a mask in all communal areas and in the library in line with government guidance.

The College is not able to offer any food or drink services at this time, so please bring your own drinks or food onto site.

Every student visit will be recorded for the track and trace system in line with government guidance.

Student services

  1. Library

Monday to Friday the library will be offering two bookable sessions a day.

Session 1: 9:00 to 11.30

Session 2: 13:00 to 15:30

Each session can accommodate eight students only, allowing therefore for 80 different students a week to have access to the library. You will be allocated a set table and we will be asked to work in that specific area. We strongly advise wearing warm clothes as the library windows will be open at all times to ensure adequate ventilation in the space.

Photocopying services will be free of charge.

Times are set specifically to allow Covid19 procedures and cleaning regimes to be maintained and are not negotiable, although you may arrive at any time during your session. You will be asked to leave when the session ends regardless of your time of arrival, as it is imperative that we protect students by thoroughly cleaning between sessions.

Students wishing to drop off books only and not enter the library can do so Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm from Monday 17th May by dropping the books directly to reception.  No appointment is necessary, but the books must be returned inside a bag.

HOW TO BOOK: To book a library session please email enquiries@spurgeons.ac.uk or phone 02086530850 stating the time and day you would like to book.  Please do give more than one time you would be available so that the team can allocate you a slot demanding on demand.

Bookings will be processed in the order they arrive by email and phone on a first come first served basis. Initially each student may only request one session until the demand for the service is established.

The reception team will return your email within 1 working day, confirming your time slot. When you arrive at College you must report to reception who will ask to see your negative test result and then give you a visitors page to access the library for your allotted session.

  • Meeting with a staff member

If you would like to book a meeting with a staff member, please email them directly and they will advise you of their availability. Additional meeting pods will be established on the lawn, so that meetings can be booked outside, should you and the staff member prefer.

Please note this programme of events will only be rolled out as long as the government confirm that they are continuing with the roadmap targets for 17th May 2021. If the guidance changes at any time, this programme will also have to change and you will be notified.

We are very much looking forward to seeing students once again on campus.

Virtual College Conference

College Conference is both the name given to the association of former students of Spurgeon’s College and an actual conference which is held on the second Thursday in June each year. This year, it will be on Thursday 11th June.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, College Conference will not be able to take place as originally planned this year. However we will be offering a virtual experience instead. Please visit the College Conference page to view the programme and to engage with the content on the day.

As part of the day we will be hosting a Spurgeon’s reunion via video link (Zoom*). The reunion is open to all former students irrespective of age, location, or circumstance. We will be breaking people up into smaller batch groups for some catch-up and conversation. Please sign-up in advance if you would like to participate in the reunion: https://fs30.formsite.com/HelenStokley/f9algky3rk/index.html?1590582099549

*You do not need to have a Zoom account to join.

COVID-19: IMPORTANT NOTICE

Earlier this afternoon the Prime Minister recommended that people should avoid social contact. Physical lectures tomorrow and for the foreseeable future, therefore, at College are cancelled. This includes chapel and PMP. 

The College will transition to an online delivery of its theological programmes. We will contact students with details of how we intend to achieve this and address some practical concerns.

Counselling students will be contacted tomorrow, but there will not be any counselling lectures this week.

Introduction to Counselling Course

We are now enrolling for the next Introduction to Counselling Course…

The Introduction to Counselling is a 25 hour part time course. It could be useful to you if you are involved in helping others within your church, or if you use counselling skills in your work or you just want to learn how to listen effectively. The next course will begin in March this year.

When is it?

Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:45pm

March  –5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

April  – 2nd

Easter Holiday

       April – 23rd

       May – 7th, 17th, 21st

How much does it cost?

The course costs £235 per person.

How do I join?

The course is open to all, so simply complete an application form form and our Admissions Department will be in touch.