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Welcome to St John Rigby College

St John Rigby College is an OUTSTANDING place to study.

  • We were judged outstanding in every respect by OFSTED inspectors (and we remain one of only three sixth form colleges in the country to have achieved this under the latest inspection criteria, introduced in 2015)

  • We became the eighth highest performing sixth form college in the country for A level progress and the second highest in Greater Manchester behind Rochdale SFC (recognised by the Department for Education performance tables)

  • We received the ‘Educate Award’ for the North of England’s ‘Sixth Form College of the Year 2017’.


Study with us and you will receive support and challenge in equal measure. We will respect you as an individual, giving you the responsibility to make your own choices, together with the help you need to excel both academically and personally. We make sure our students aim high while keeping their feet on the ground.

With over 40 subjects at A level and BTEC level 3, we offer all the options you could need to create a programme of study that will work for you. Whatever your future holds – university, apprenticeships, employment – we will help you get there.

Our unique Electives Programme provides students with the best possible preparation for entry to the most prestigious universities. Electives are available for the most academically gifted students and for those with a passion for a specialist pathway.

As a Catholic College with a clear and distinctive Christian mission, our organisation is built on a strong foundation of values and ideals. We work hard to provide and protect equal opportunities for all, and we are happy to welcome applications from anyone who wishes to learn in a high achieving and supportive environment.

You can apply using our online application system here

About us

Everything we do starts with our students’ needs. Anything else comes second.

We make sure that every student has both strong roots and high-flying ambition. We stand out because we base our work around a strong ethos of care and respect. The result is an OFSTED report that confirms we are OUTSTANDING in every category.

We don’t set out to be different for the sake of being different, but we stand out because we believe that a strong ethos is as important as exceptional staff and modern facilities.

Facilities available

  • Fitness suite

  • Performing Arts theatre

  • Dance studio

  • Music Technology suite with the latest industry standard software

  • Professional high-quality Art and Photography studios

  • Modern specialist science laboratories

  • Sports Academies in Football and Rugby

  • A Career based Elective Programme designed to give students a competitive advantage when applying for prestigious university courses and apprenticeships

Additional support

Helping young people learn how to be more independent is a fundamental part of our role. We provide a supportive environment, with close monitoring and easy access to expert guidance, helping students to achieve the highest possible grades in their academic qualifications.

Supporting your studies

Every St John Rigby College student is assigned a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will take a keen interest in what you do, not least because he or she will write references to support your in applications to the most prestigious universities.


Reviewing your progress

In order that you may know how your work is progressing in the College we have a system of continuous assessment and review in which you are actively involved. Your subject tutors will provide you with progress grades regularly. These will reflect the level of work and attainment achieved by you since the last review and the grades that you are expected to achieve by the end of your course.


Support for students with special requirements

Support when you join the College can include: in-class support, note taking, help with assignments, one-to-one support, study skills workshops, loan of specialist equipment and software and exam arrangements.

Learner success

St John Rigby College is an Ofsted Outstanding Provider


Currently the eighth highest performing sixth form college in the country for A level progress and the second highest in Greater Manchester, St John Rigby College is the place to study if you wish to reach or exceed your potential and gain success in both academic and vocational qualifications.

St John Rigby students regularly achieve better grades than they would be expected to achieve at any other college in the local area.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at St John Rigby College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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