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Outstanding Results and Exceptional University Success

Outstanding Results and Exceptional University Success

SJR college outstanding results

St John Rigby College students consistently achieve excellent results which far exceed national benchmarks.  Recently published HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) Data shows that SJR students are exceptionally well prepared for their next steps with 100% of former SJR students completing their university studies in 2022 achieving success in their chosen degrees.  Half of this cohort of students were from families in which parents do not have HE qualifications and 83% of these students (6% above the national average) achieved First Class or Upper Second Class degrees.

What is the SJR formula for success?  Principal, Peter McGhee CBE comments:  “We know that the work we do to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities of our students is a key factor in their future success.  It is vital that students are allowed the opportunity to grow and develop but are also challenged academically to achieve the best possible grades.  We promote a positive attitude towards study – ‘students enjoy learning’ at SJR.  Our teachers are passionate about their subjects and take every opportunity to find learning links beyond the classroom.  We promote an enquiring mind, encouraging students to take initiative and read around their subject outside the classroom.”

Summer 2022 Results:

A level

  • A*-C rate 81%
  • Pass rate 99%

‘BTEC’/Applied A Levels

  • Dist*-Dist rate 90%
  • Pass rate 100%



  • 93% of Y13 students received offers of places from their first choice university (2022 UCAS data), which is more than 25% above the national average.
  • 100% of SJR students completing degrees in 2022 achieved success, with 83% of those who are the first generation in their family to study at university receiving First Class or Upper Second Class degrees (2022 HESA data).


SJR students receive tailored and individual support with applications to both top universities and apprenticeships including the coveted Sponsored Degree Apprenticeships.

Ofsted Report

St John Rigby College is ‘Outstanding’.  Students are ambitious, hardworking and happy. Through their ambition, determination and hard work and the dedication and expertise of our teachers and support staff, the College is renowned for outstanding results and outstanding student support.

“Teachers’ enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning are infectious.  As a result, most students make excellent progress, achieving, and often exceeding, their aspirational target grades.” SJR Ofsted Report

Individual attention

Each A level student is assigned a dedicated Progress Tutor who provides individual academic and pastoral support and guidance throughout their time at the College.  This includes expert careers advice and one-to-one support, enabling students to choose the right future course or career, to write deservedly celebratory personal statements and to receive interview practice in order to secure the best possible offer.

SJR also offers specialised programmes for highly competitive courses such as Medicine, Engineering, Law and Finance through our Honours and Careers Academies, in addition to individually tailored support for entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.


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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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