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Catholic life

Our Catholic mission and values are at the heart of St John Rigby College. We are an open and welcoming community for students of all faiths and none, which enables our young people to flourish as adults so that they may pursue lives that will serve to create a better world.

We aim to develop a caring community which provides opportunities for service to others. Through the many charitable activities during the college year students grow into compassionate and responsible adults who recognise their interconnectedness with the larger community.

Chaplaincy &
Collective Worship

What is Chaplaincy? It is linked to our Christian Mission to reach out and to be available to people. It is a service at the heart of the college that offers support to people.  

The college has a chapel which is open to you for reflection and contemplation at any time. It is open to all and is a place for prayer and quietness. You may wish to pray or to think about someone or something. You may not choose to do this every day, but the chapel is there for you whenever you do.

“Managers use relevant policies and procedures to promote equality, celebrate diversity and uphold the values of St John Rigby – faith, courage, integrity, commitment, freedom and forgiveness. Managers have developed and implemented an extensive ‘values for living programme’ to support students’ development within the college ethos. Consequently, students show excellent standards of behaviour and respect for their teachers, peers and visitors.”


Martin Malone

“The Catholic mission and values permeate the college and are highly effective in developing students’ positive attitudes to learning. As a result, students have an excellent understanding of life and values in modern Britain.”


Values for living

During their time at St John Rigby College, all of our students will take part in a weekly Values for Living lesson. These lessons provide opportunities for students to explore a range of current and global issues. Students gain a deeper understanding of Catholic values and teachings; they develop a greater appreciation of their unique value and talents, as well as the importance of their contribution to society and the world. Topics include, the environment, politics, prejudice and discrimination, forgiveness, Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter.


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The support available from the tutors and the Careers advisor.


Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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