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London trip

Law students at SJR had a tour of Parliament and a workshop on Law making.They then went to the Supreme Court and then this was followed by a walking tour including Downing Street, Horse Guards parade and Buckingham Palace. The students all really enjoyed the day as I hope you can see by the photos we have included.

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Honours Academy Evening

On Wednesday 13 March the college hosted its biggest ever Honours Academy launch. The venue was full to the rafters with over 450 SJR Applicants and their parents in attendance. Those present benefitted from an array of speakers who explained the potential benefits of the Honours Academy, heard from, and met some current and former Honours Programme students and had the opportunity to discuss their future with the Honours Academy team. Speakers at the event included Principal Peter McGhee CBE, Elliott Hine (Division Leader and Honours Academy Co-ordinator), Michelle McGlown (Head of Religious Studies and EPQ Co-ordinator) along with current

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International Women’s Day 2024

So fabulous to see our students at the International Women’s Day Question Time event at Wigan & Leigh College. The panel were: ⚫Lisa Nandy – MP. ⚫Jo Platt – Parliamentary candidate and Leigh Building Preservation Trust Manager. ⚫Damien Munro – IDVA, Wigan Council. ⚫Rachel Clemow – Education Service Manager, Wigan Council. ⚫Jess Eastoe – Councillor and Young People Equalities Lead at Greater Manchester Moving. ⚫Marina Islam-Bamford – Department Head of Quality and Equality & Diversity Lead for A-Levels in GM. So inspiring seeing our students talking to the speakers afterwards and hearing this year’s theme: Inspire Inclusion. Like everyday other

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Apprenticeship News

More of our students are being offered degree level apprenticeships after lengthy and testing assessment centres. The early stages are quite often online and require good employability skills to move up to the the later interview stages. This means we are particularly proud of Patrick Makin for for securing a degree apprenticeship at the BBC based in Salford. The placement is a 4-year degree apprenticeship and he will be working in research and development. The content of the apprenticeship includes developing AI, audio engineering training and work on things like smart wallpaper technology. He went through around 8 stages of

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Youth Parliament award

We are proud of our students being awarded the outstanding support and high engagement award of our student voice within the 2024 Member of Youth Parliament Youth Elections.We have also been awarded the ‘Top Performing College’ accolade within the whole borough. Here are our students receiving the awards. Below is Peter collecting the award for the college.

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St John Rigby College is judged ‘outstanding’ again by Ofsted

St John Rigby College in Wigan proudly retained its Outstanding Ofsted rating, which was first achieved in 2017. In doing so, the college remains a beacon of educational excellence in the areas of Wigan, Leigh, and West Lancashire. This sustained excellence is something for which staff, students, and the community can be justifiably proud.  Highlights from the report include recognition of the highly motivated students at St John Rigby College, an unwavering commitment to provide high quality education, and a culture built on kindness, mutual respect, and high expectations. In fact, the section of the report entitled ‘What does the

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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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