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SJR is 50 – Wigan Warriors Success!

SJR is 50 – Wigan Warriors Success!

At SJR we encourage all students to be ‘the best’ that they can be.  Our students are challenged and supported to achieve high grades in a wide range of qualifications. St John Rigby College students are successful students!  Our continued A Level pass rate, of over 99%, is above the national average, as are our pass rates for Vocational courses and high grades have exceeded 59% for each of the last three years.

Former student Bethany Hayes, currently half-back in the Wigan Warriors Women’s team, graduated from SJR last year.  Bethany studied A level PE, Business studies and Biology and now studies Sports Rehabilitation at The University of Salford. As well as being highly successful in her academic studies, she played an active role in our college community as a Student Ambassador. Bethany also enjoyed the extra curriculum offer at the College, representing the SJR Rugby team and engaging in ‘Boogie Bounce’ and ‘Zumba’.   Bethany believes students should choose SJR because the teaching staff are always so helpful and engaging, providing amazing support whilst using a wide range of high-quality resources to promote success.

Although rich in history, SJR remains innovative and future-focused. Investment in students’ learning is at the heart of our College ethos. To facilitate our continued growth, new £2 million specialist teaching and learning facilities are to be launched this year. This will further enhance our offer across our ‘university feel’ campus which already homes its own gym, specialist learning centres, and coffee shop. New state-of-the-art developments will enhance the outstanding teaching and learning experienced by SJR students across all our courses.

SJR Sixth Form College offers a young person many exciting opportunities to develop life-long friendships, learn new skills and grow as a person. Wigan Warriors player Junior Nsemba (pictured above) is a second-year student studying BTEC Sport and Exercise Science. SJR was his first-choice college and he was aware that many Wigan players attended here, and it had such a good reputation. Year 13 A level student Ellis Hobson (pictured below) has also made his first team debut recently. Ellis, who is from Bradford, enrolled onto Business Studies, English Language and Law with us and is enjoying his time training and playing at Wigan.

Ellis Hobson

In addition to the strong focus on academic development, the variety of extra-curricular activities, offered as part of our ‘SJR Extra’ programme, is exceptional. The development of employability skills is a particularly important component of the preparation for life after SJR.  Students leave our college with an outstanding set of grades, but, more than that, they are career ready! In fact, many ‘Warriors’ have chosen SJR as their first-choice college including Lee Mossop, Iain Thornley, Oliver Gildart, Connor Farrell, Kris Radlinski, Umyla Hanley, Matthew Nicholson, Phil Clarke, Mike Gregory, Joe Burgess, Joe Shorrocks, Joe Lydon, Paul Prescott, Chris Melling, Jeff Clare, Darrell Goulding, Shaun Edwards, Megan Bragg, Catlin Hilton, Lauren Gillham, Ellis Hobson, Lewis Pinder, Reece Kearsley, Joe Baldwin and Coach Sean O’Loughlin.


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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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