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It’s official!
St John Rigby College is outstanding!

When last inspected St John Rigby college was awarded the highest possible grade of ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, indicating that it was one of the highest performing colleges in the country.

The outstanding grading related to every aspect of the college’s education for students. The report offered glowing praise to staff, managers and of course to students.

Outstanding students with Principal Peter McGhee

What Ofsted 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

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What we say…

College Principal, Peter McGhee, said:

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

It is a joy 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”

More recently the Principal reflected with pride that during and following the pandemic, these high standards have been maintained and that the College continues to provide exceptional educational opportunities. This is evident from students’ results but more significantly from their positive destinations.


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.

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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.  

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