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St John Rigby Through the Years

St John Rigby Through the Years

St John Rigby College became the first Catholic sixth form college in the country in 1972.

It bears the name of Blessed John Rigby who was canonised by Pope Paul IV just two years earlier.

Since then, it has grown and developed into an outstanding, inclusive learning community serving students from across Wigan, Merseyside and West Lancashire.

As part of our 50th celebrations staff, students and SJR alumni have been collecting photographs.


Harvey House 1805
Then Reception 2006 – Now ‘Grab and Go’
Building work in A block 2006
Opening of new A block building 2006
OLC 2009
90s Computing class
90s Secretarial class
Anne Bates with students 2006
Spanish class 2009
Play from 2005
Childcare and Early Years class 2007
Netball team 2007
John Ireland with students 2007
London 2008
London 2008
Children in Need 2006
Results Day 2006
College trip 2010
Scott Rogers competing with student for Sport Relief 2012
Anne White with former SJR student Jon Culshaw
Then Music class – Now PE staff room
The English Department 2008
Pink Ladies Tina Andrews and Vicky Melling with Rugby stars 2010
Pete Robertson with students 2012
Results Day 2009
Andrew Taylor with students 2009
Leavers Ball 2009
John Whittaker and Scott Rogers 2009
Opening new sports facilities 2005 featuring students with Paul Jewell, Dave Whelan, Phil Clarke

Mike Gregory A level English Language 2008


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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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