Learning & financial support

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Learning Support

The College has a wide range of resources and equipment that are available for students. Following your initial assessment meeting, specialist advisors at the College can match the resources we have to your specific needs. Support when you join the College can include:

  • In-class support,
  • Note taking,
  • Help with assignments,
  • One-to-one support,
  • Study skills workshops,
  • Loan of specialist equipment,
  • Software and exam arrangements.

At St John Rigby, we support the whole person, and seek to ensure your studies contribute to your personal development and overall well-being.

If you have any specific queries regarding Study Support, please contact Peter Dewhurst (Head of Department): peter.dewhurst@sjr.ac.uk


Financial Support

St John Rigby College has a very generous Student Bursary, probably one of the best in the North West, that is available for full-time students. This bursary will be available for students who enrol at College in 2020. The Bursary can be used to help with the cost of transport, meals, essential books and equipment, trips, print credits, specific clothing, and any other costs incurred as a result of attending college.

Types of Bursary

Currently there are two types of Bursary available:

The Guaranteed Bursary worth up to £1200 per year which is available to students who are:

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves, or financially supporting themselves and someone else who is dependent upon them and living with them
  • Receiving both Employment Support Allowance (Universal Credit) and Disability Living Allowance or PIP in their own right

The Discretionary Bursary for those students where the following applies:

  • The student received Free School Meals at the time of leaving High School
  • The student’s parents/carers are in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • If your household income is less than £22,500 
  • There are more than three dependants in the household
  • There are two dependants in the household who both attend a Further Education establishment and the household income is below threshold


You can apply for the bursary as soon as you have enrolled at College. Staff will be available at enrolment to help with this.

There is an application form for the Student Bursary – this will be available at enrolment and on our website.  Alternatively, if you do not obtain a form from either of these two methods, contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk

If you are applying for the Guaranteed Bursary then you, the student, would need to fill out the form.  If applying for the Discretionary Bursary, a parent or carer should complete the form.

We have made the form as straightforward as possible but if you are unsure of anything please do not hesitate to contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk.  Remember that we want you to apply and will help you as much as we can.

We will aim to let you know if your application has been approved within 10 working days of receiving your application – however during busy periods, for example, at the start of the academic year, this may take a little longer.   If the application is approved, the approval date will always be backdated to the date that we received your application.

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We have had many students who initially did not believe that they would be eligible for the bursary, but when they did apply they were approved.  If you are not sure if you should apply then please contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk and someone will contact you to discuss this further.

If you have any other questions relating to the Student Bursary then please contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk – we want to do everything we can to ensure you are financially supported whilst at St John Rigby College and are more than happy to answer any questions.

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