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The college is fortunate to have the services of our College Counsellor, Gillian Yorke, who is available to all students for one to one sessions. To contact Gillian please text 07546495723 or email her on 


College Chaplain

College Chaplain Martin has a background in youth work operates an open-door policy and you can drop in at any time, during your free periods, lunch or break times. He is always happy to put the kettle on and make a brew and have a chat about everything and anything!




Student Wellbeing Officer

Alice Fairhurst is a former student of the College and supports a range of students that may at times find College life a little overwhelming. Alice runs a variety of student run groups such as Peer Supporters, Time to Talk, SJR Pride and the Neurodiversity Group- everyone is welcome to join these groups! Alice’s office is D003 and she too has an open door policy but she also offers weekly one-to-ones are also available for those who like regular catch ups.

Extra help

We all need support every now and then and we know that for some, the current situation is proving difficult.

We can’t wait for you to get started at St John Rigby so you can be with friends again and make new ones too. In the meantime, if you need support, here are a few recommended sites:

Mindfulness Practitioner

To compliment the College’s counselling service, we have Fran Abbott who is College’s Mindfulness practitioner. Mindfulness helps us to see clearly what is going on in our lives. 

  • You learn how to STOP old thinking habits
  • You learn how to have greater concentration and focus
  • You manage ‘your situation’ with more control

Interested? Contact your Personal Tutor to make an appointment.   


Last but not least, we have our most popular member of the team Coco who visits the College every Thursday. Coco is based in D corridor but is often seen on walks around the campus with both staff and students. Coco is always willing and eager to give cuddles to any individual who requires some care and attention. 


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The support from the Science department and all the teachers.


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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