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Principal’s welcome

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Welcome to St John Rigby College

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and find out more about St John Rigby College. I hope that you find it helpful in researching your options for next year. If you choose to come to St John Rigby College we will do everything we can to help you to achieve the self-confidence, social awareness, skills and qualifications which will serve you in the years to come.

We will respect you as an individual and encourage you to make your own decisions and to take increasing responsibility for your own learning. You will enjoy a learning environment that is designed to challenge you and, with the support of your tutor and teachers, to enable you to maximise your potential.

As specialists in sixth form education, we are able to offer a very wide range of courses, with over 40 subjects offered at A Level and BTEC Level 3, which you will be able to combine in almost any combination to create a programme which meets your needs.

St John Rigby College is a Catholic sixth form college with a distinctive mission and ethos.  We welcome applications from all students who respect our mission and who are happy to be educated within a Christian environment.  We encourage all students to be the best that they can be.  If you study here you will be challenged and supported to achieve high grades in a range of qualifications and to take part in activities designed to help you leave College with the best possible passport to university and employment.  St John Rigby College students are successful students! Our continued A Level pass rate of over 99% is above the national average, as are our pass rates for Vocational courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Outstanding students with Principal Peter McGhee
Peter McGhee

Many generations of students have enjoyed their time at St John Rigby College and remember the College with great affection.  We now hope that you too will be attracted by the College’s lively atmosphere and outstanding opportunities for personal growth, happiness and success.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your family to our Open and Taster events.  These events give you the very best opportunity to experience what the College is like and to decide whether this is a place where you can succeed, be happy and develop as a person in preparation for whatever the future holds.

I wish you well in choosing the right courses and the right college for you.

Peter McGhee CBE

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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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