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Equality and Diversity Statement

St John Rigby College is an inclusive college and therefore we aim to remove all barriers that may prevent members of our community from flourishing and reaching their full potential.  To ensure that this culture is maintained:

  • We are committed to challenging any form of discrimination be it virtual or face to face for individuals who share any of the protected characteristics of race, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage of civil partnership, sex, disability, gender re-assignment, religion, or belief as well as those individuals who do not. 
  • We have a zero tolerance to any form of bullying including sexual harassment, and sexual violence, as we want St John Rigby College to be a safe space for all.
  • Through our student body we celebrate and embrace diversity through student led groups such as SJR Pride and our Neurodiversity group, as well as through College Culture Days and our annual Equality and Diversity week. 
  • The College is proud to have the Disability √√ Award.
  • We actively promote the College bursary throughout the academic year to avoid our young people being financially disadvantaged.
  • We are determined to help all our students develop the softer skills that universities and employers are looking for, regardless of any barriers they may face. Career Academies and our SJR Extra programme make significant contributions to this aim.
  • We have a 4 Year Equality and Diversity Action Plan that we review annually to ensure that we are meeting our statutory duties and College strategic objectives. 

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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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