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Results Day 2023

Results Day 2023

Summer 2023 has marked yet another outstanding set of results for students at St John Rigby College.  What makes this year’s results so remarkable is that they differ from the national trend of a significant decline in grades compared to the last few years in order to ‘re-base’ A level grades across the country to those awarded prior to the pandemic in 2019.  However, SJR’s work in striving continually for improvements has meant that pass rates have increased slightly, exceeding 98% once again, whilst high grades have rocketed in comparison to 2019, improving by more than 10 percentage points.  An area of particular note and celebration is that of Science and Mathematics, across which there is an A Level pass rate of 100% and a high grade rate of 63%.  Given that the inclusive nature of SJR is such that some of these students are enrolled onto courses that they may not be able to study at some other colleges, this is truly exceptional and another sign of the outstanding nature of St John Rigby College and of its students.  Student performance in Applied General Qualifications, most of which are Level 3 BTEC courses, resulted in 72% high grades and a pass rate which exceeded 99%.

These results suggest that, as with last year’s cohort, the vast majority will progress to their chosen apprenticeships and degree courses.  To put this into context, 93% of last year’s students who applied to university, secured grades which meant that they were able to progress to their first choice university, a figure which exceeded the national average by approximately 25 percentage points.  It is too early to give a precise equivalent for this year but it seems likely that student progression to chosen destinations will be equally impressive.  One thing we do know is that all of our Oxbridge students have secured the grades needed for their places at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

It is for these and many other reasons that we are so proud of our ‘Class of 2023’ and of the remarkable examination grades that they have achieved, every one of which merits recognition and celebration.  We should remember that this is a group of young people who sat their first ever external examinations this year, having spent most of their final two years of high school learning from home due to the pandemic and being unable to sit GCSE examinations in summer 2021.  They then had to manage their transition from school to college in September 2021.  This can be a challenging time for 16 year olds but this group of young people had to meet this challenge without the same academic foundations, having missed out on nearly two years of social interactions and having been unable to experience the traditional visits to College during years 10 and 11 which are designed to help them with this transition.  When they arrived at college, they found themselves still having to be educated in circumstances which involved a mixture of face-to-face and online learning.  Despite the extraordinary scale of this disruption, this group of young people are the first cohort since 2019 to have their grades adjusted in line with ‘pre-COVID’ grade profiles.  Add to this the media warnings that access to university is going to be more competitive this year due to the demand for places, and you get some understanding of the resilience upon which this year group have repeatedly had to draw. 

Principal, Peter McGhee CBE, commented: “The achievements of this group of incredible young people are testament to their resilience, their hard work and the way that they have supported one another.  I could not be more proud of them or of the commitment of our staff.  Our students work extremely hard and inspire us to do all that we can to help them but it does need to be noted that the demands on support staff and teaching staff have been highly significant in recent years.  As is always the case, the environment created at SJR has produced something very special and will enable our young people to go on to do great things in the future. 

This was recently demonstrated by the data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency which reported on the performance of former SJR students who completed their degrees in 2022.  SJR students outperformed the national average of First Class and Upper Second Class degrees by 6% compared to all students who had progressed to university from sixth form colleges in 2019. I also think it is worthy of note that half of these students were ‘first generation’ degree candidates, meaning that neither of their parents had experienced university qualifications.  This demonstrates the skills that they have as young people as well as the extent to which their time at SJR prepared them both personally and academically for the challenges that they might encounter.  Our Class of 2023 have so much to offer, so much to celebrate and so much to look forward to.  I would like to thank them for all that they have brought to St John Rigby College and to wish them happiness, good health and every success in the future.”

Students celebrate with College Principal Peter McGhee
Lexie Hanton, who is off to the University of Birmingham to study International Business, left, and Izzy Garbutt, who is to study History at Oxford University
Amélie Galbraith, left, and Alice Foulds-Hamilton, who are both off to Oxford University to study languages
Twins Robert, left, and Aaron McNestry who are off to Lancaster University together to study Chemistry and Engineering, respectively
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Sophie Causey gets a hug from her sister Breanna
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Sophie Causey celebrates
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Jessica Thompson,left, Charlotte Moran, Leah Else, Ellie Thirkell, Courtney Hudson and Gabby Brown
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Law and Applied Law students who are going on to study Law at York, Manchester, Livepool and Edge Hill universities. Rear – Sophie Causey, left, Annie Lyon, Iliane Viegas, Rebecca Gradwell, Callum Worsley and Callum Halstead. Front – Will Powell, Olivia Fagan and Lydia Spencer
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Principal Peter McGhee with Fraya Walker, rear, who is going to Birmingham City University to study PE teaching, and Piper McCaughey, who is going to Edge Hill University to study RE teaching
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Robert Nikeas
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Max Richards-Clarke, who got four A*s, is off to Durham University to study Computer Science
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Grace Moukam, left, Lydia Spencer and Rebecca Gradwell, who have gained A’s in Law and will carrying on studying at Lancaster, Liverpool and York universities
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Grace Moukam, left, and Benedetta Shololo
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Rebecca Gradwell, left, Chloe Otter, Katelin Whitehead and Lucy Watts, who are all off to study Law with the exception of Chloe who will study History
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Successful French students Elizabeth McGuire, left, Lexie Hanton, Amélie Galbraith, Alice Foulds-Hamilton, Olivia Carletti and Katie Waterworth
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Cordelia Jenkinson, left, Rebecca Cain and Scarlett Simpson
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Matthew Henderson, left, Thomas Dodd, Luke Flanagan and twins Aaron and Robert McNestry
St John Rigby College A-level Results 2023: Josie Barnes, left, Anya Donnellan, Katie Heath and Katelin Whitehead

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