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

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.

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.

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:

“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.


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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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