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Tutorial Lessons - FAQs

Here at SJR College, we believe in educating the whole person and our tutorial lessons provide students with the opportunity to consider a wide range of topics ranging from Careers and Employability Skills, to Wellbeing and Teaching and Learning.
Your tutorial sessions are with your Progress Tutor and the rest of your Tutor Group.
Your Tutor Group will be a mix of students from your Year Group at College who will be studying a range of different subjects and will have come to SJR from a number of different High Schools.
Students have one timetabled tutorial session every week.

Each tutorial session is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Yes! These sessions are compulsory just like all of your other timetabled subjects and Values for Living lessons.
Tutorial topics include Resilience, Anti-Bullying Week, Driver Safety, Equality and Diversity and Budgeting, to name but a few. Some tutorial sessions will also provide the opportunity for students to meet with their Progress Tutor 1-1 to discuss their progress at College.

Your Progress Tutors

Your Progress Tutor will be your biggest supporter, professional friend and guiding hand in College; ensuring that you’re never alone throughout your journey with us.

  • When you join us at SJR, you will be allocated a Progress Tutor. This person will work with you to ensure that you are happy, safe and making good progress with your courses. They will be your first point of contact to speak to about any issues or concerns that you have either in or out of College. Their role is a bit like your Form Teacher at High School.
  • You will meet with your Progress Tutor once a week during tutorial. This is a compulsory class which appears on your timetable. During these sessions your Progress Tutor will deliver the tutorial programme.  You will also meet for 1:1s throughout the year to discuss things like progress, exam techniques and plans for university, apprenticeships or employment once you have completed your studies with us.
  • When not delivering tutorials, the PT team is based in D002 and you can drop in and see them whenever you need to.
  • A Progress Tutor’s role is a supportive one but as part of that support, they may need to challenge you sometimes on things like attendance, punctuality to your lessons and your performance in subjects. They will work with you, your subject teachers and your parents or carers to help you to be as successful as possible. Ultimately, they are here for you and want to help you to be the best you can be.




Alex is a musician outside of college, performing regularly at weddings and music festivals. His musical highlights include performing with hip-hop supergroup Abstract Orchestra, as well as supporting Marta and the Vandellas on a recent UK tour. When not perfoming music, he can be seen playing cricket and watching Liverpool FC.


Lucy is an ex-SJR student who left College 10 years ago and now works alongside her ex- tutors! 

When Cheryl is not at home with her husband and two children she loves being outside.  She enjoys visiting new places on holiday, learning about history and culture and enjoying the sunshine.  She also loves to dance! Cheryl is a qualified PE teacher and specialised in teaching people to be personal trainers prior to joining the pastoral team.

James is a former student at St John Rigby and after college got a degree as well as Master’s in musical theatre. He has a teaching degree in Drama and has performed on a West End stage. He has also made his own show which was performed in Liverpool. As well as performing on stage he have appeared on TV in adverts and on the news. When not performing or working he can often be found playing football or rugby, spending time with his friends and family, going to the theatre and gigs and of course watching and supporting Manchester United.

Amy is a qualified dance teacher, and also owns a dance school outside of college. She loves going on holiday in the sun as well as city breaks to learn about historical events. Amy spends lots of time with her family and friends in her spare time.  

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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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