St John Rigby College is a wonderful place to study. We are a small, happy and distinctive Catholic Sixth Form College, that welcomes students of all faiths into our community.
We are dedicated to the education and development of the whole person, so that all students can realise their full potential. We are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and provide a unique and challenging environment where every individual is valued.
Students smash high grades record
SJR students have achieved a fantastic set of results and surpassed all previous records for high grade achievement.
The overall A Level pass rate is close to 100% for the third consecutive year and, remarkably, high grades have increased by 7%. This represents the College’s biggest ever increase in grades A*-B and is expected to contribute to another outstanding ‘value added’ performance for a group of young people, many of whom would not be afforded the opportunity to study A Levels at other colleges.
24 out of 28 A Level subjects had a 100% pass rate. Vocational Advanced courses broke all records with students achieving an amazing 100% pass rate across all subjects for the second year running and more than three quarters of students were awarded a Distinction or Distinction*.
Staff and students at St John Rigby College were delighted after Ofsted Inspectors visited the college with just 24 hours’ notice and declared support for students to be outstanding.
Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, St John Rigby College has received an overall ‘Good’ from Ofsted. It has also been praised in particular for the high grades students are achieving, its passionate teachers, good behaviour from students and for raising the quality of teaching and learning, resulting in recent rapid increases in students’ achievements.
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Skills For Business Award
SJR was shortlisted in the Learning Provider Of The Year category and received a "highly commended" award at a prestigious awards evening, hosted by Dara O'Briain.
This year saw another successful Summer Arts Festival at college. Students from every area of the Creative Arts division presented work for the evening.
a Fabulous Success
Over 100 Year 8 and 9 pupils from 9 local high schools were invited into College to take part in Science and Technology Challenge Day. Each team took part in 4 competitive challenges throughout the day.
Blessing To SJR
SJR was honoured to welcome former Chaplain Vincent Nichols, who is now the Leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, back to the College. Vincent Nichols was SJR’s first Chaplain when it opened in 1972 as the first Catholic Sixth Form College in the country.
Year twelve BTEC Sport Science Students attended Low Bank Ground in the Lake District as part of their Outdoor and Adventurous Unit.
The DW Stadium hosted SJR’s annual Sports Presentation Evening, which celebrated individual and team performances and outstanding academic success in Physical Education.
Ninety six Year 12 students heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor Janine Webber, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Trip to Newcastle
Twenty eight SJR Honours Programme students have just returned from a two day programme of activities at the University of Newcastle for those wishing to follow courses in Medicine, Dentistry and the Sciences.
Targets SJR Students
SJR has been chosen as one the colleges to take part in the University of Lancaster’s Target Mentoring programme.
Cup Final Thriller
SJR First XI Football team deserve congratulations for having represented the College superbly throughout the year, culminating in Friday’s English Schools’
U18 Cup Final.
A2 Photography students exhibited their work at Antwerp Mansion in Manchester. The work shown was the students’ personal responses to self-devised briefs, dealing with issues such as physical appearance, economic decline and destruction of landscape.
Geography A2 students had the opportunity to visit Anglesey and braved the weather conditions to conduct research to aid their examinations.
Students from eight local high schools visited SJR in order to develop their skills as sports reporters. The event was organised in partnership with West Lancashire School Sport Partnership, and enabled the students to spend an afternoon developing their skills in college.
SJR held a unique and highly successful university style Careers and Apprenticeship Fair where students were given the opportunity to talk face to face with a range of trainers and employers.
Students following the ‘Future Medics’ Programme have taken part in a nine week work placement at Wrightington Hospital.
England football star Sue Smith visited SJR as part of Sport England’s National Lottery funded Sporting Champion project. Sue taught some techniques to female students and the girls also had the chance to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport with an international player.
SJR students have once again collaborated with local radio station Wish FM to take part in a Scholarship Day.
The 10 successful St John Rigby applicants had the unique opportunity to create their own radio show and adverts.