It’s Official!
St John Rigby College Is OUTSTANDING!
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St John Rigby College has been awarded the highest possible grade of ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the education watchdog, which means that SJR is officially one of the highest-performing colleges in the country. Click here to read the full Ofsted report.

Ofsted say “The college is fully inclusive and follows the mission: Give me roots to grow and wings to fly.”  Students are “confident and self-assured, have excellent attitudes towards their learning and make exceptional progress.” OFSTED March 2017

In the recent inspection, Ofsted stated that SJR is OUTSTANDING in every area:

Overall Effectiveness       OUTSTANDING
Effectiveness of leadership and management    OUTSTANDING
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment  OUTSTANDING
Personal development, behaviour and welfare   OUTSTANDING
Outcomes for learners      OUTSTANDING

St John Rigby College is only the third Sixth Form College in the country to achieve the top grade under Ofsted’s new more stringent Common Inspection Framework.  The outstanding grading relates to every aspect of the college’s education for students.  The report offers glowing praise to staff, managers, and of course our fantastic students.

What Ofsted said…
Some key points from the Ofsted report:

  • “Excellent teaching results in a high proportion of students making exceptional progress.”
  • “Students’ achievements are outstanding.”
  • “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding.”
  • “Support for students is outstanding.”
  • “Students take great pride in their work.”
  • “Students’ academic and recreational achievements are celebrated regularly, and this creates a sense of pride in students and the college community.”
  • “Outstanding careers guidance helps students to make informed and realistic, yet ambitious, plans to meet their career aspirations.”

What we say…

College Principal, Peter McGhee, said: “I am absolutely delighted and extremely proud of the judgement and of the comments made in the inspection report.

“This report is a testament to the commitment, passion and dedication shown by SJR staff and students each and every day to ensure that the highest standards are attained in all aspects of our work.

"It is fantastic to see the acknowledgement that is given to the inclusive nature of the College, that staff are ambitious for their students and that this results in learners making excellent progress.  At SJR we place no ceiling on achievement, our passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning is described as infectious and enables young people to achieve or exceed their potential.”

Deputy Principal Dominic Jones, explained: “The new style inspections are rigorous and drill into every detail of an organisation.  Of the 116 sixth form college inspections over the past four years, just six have resulted in the award of an ‘Outstanding’ grade.  We are, therefore, very proud that the high quality education that we give our students has been recognised by Ofsted.  There is no secret to being outstanding: just have superb staff, work really hard, be thoughtful and reflective in everything you do and pay attention to the details.”

The news follows on from the publication of the Department for Education’s performance data which placed the College in the top 10 colleges nationally for A Level Progress.

What our students say…..

Emily Mosedale: “I’m always challenged in my lessons here and the atmosphere remains friendly and supportive throughout college.”

Joe Hanman: “Teachers make the lessons really interesting, so it makes learning fun.”

Hayley Monaghan: “Support for students is excellent and there are countless enrichment opportunities with which to get involved.”

Lauren Wadsworth: “Teachers inspire students to do the best that they can to progress in study, work and later life.”

Click here to read the full Ofsted report on St John Rigby College.