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St John Rigby College is an outstanding Catholic college!

An outstanding and inclusive learning community

Following the Catholic Schools Inspectorate inspection, St John Rigby college was awarded the highest possible grade across all areas and rated outstanding for overall effectiveness.

The outstanding grading relates to every aspect of the college’s education for students with Catholic Life and Mission, Religious Education and Collective Worship all achieving grade 1 (Outstanding).

Inspectors said..

“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

View the Catholic Schools Inspectorate report here

Principal, Peter McGhee CBE, commented...

There were moments of heartfelt pride during the inspection
process following feedback from meetings held with students and staff and hearing from the inspectors about the exemplary nature of our students.  It is a joy to now share this report so that
the whole college community can have a sense of pride in the part which they play and so that others can read about the deserved reputation of the college.

This report is a celebration of the values and the qualities of our students and our staff and provides a sense of why this is such a special college with a strong sense of community.


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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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