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Saint John Rigby Sixth Form College

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Improve high grades in the few A-level subjects where students do not always achieve the high grades expected of them.
  • Ensure that the most able students are challenged through insightful questioning to explain their reasoning and thereby deepen their thinking skills.

2012 Full Inspection Report
What does the college need to do to improve further?
  • Ensure that all teachers use a range of strategies that stretch and challenge all students, and plan activities to allow time for students to reflect on and consolidate their learning throughout the lesson.
  • Eradicate the few remaining areas of underperformance by rigorous implementation of existing strategies, including performance management.
  • Increase the consistency of assessment by ensuring that the best practice in marking work and informing students how to improve is shared and adopted more widely.
  • Evaluate the ways in which the college can use the views of students more effectively, for example, in the self-assessment process.
  • Develop a robust strategy to ensure sufficient student recruitment in an increasingly competitive local environment.

2009 Full Inspection Report
What does St John Rigby College need to do to improve further?
  • Improve the progress students make on their courses by raising aspirations, ensuring students have challenging targets and all the work set meets their individual needs.
  • Embed the recently introduced quality assurance system, ensuring that this is implemented across all areas to remove the variable performance across subjects and bring all up to the standard of the best. Action plans should be monitored frequently to check that desired improvements are taking place.
  • Introduce consistent strategies for differentiation in teaching and learning. Ensure that all teachers include sufficient stretch, challenge and support in lessons to ensure that all students achieve their potential.
  • Make sure governors develop robust arrangements to ensure that effective leadership is maintained so that the momentum gained continues to drive the college forward beyond the end of this academic year. In addition, ensure that governors play a more active role in supporting and monitoring the college’s improvement strategy.
  • Develop improved links and partnerships with employers to further inform development of the vocational provision. Provide more opportunities for work placements so that the skills and knowledge students acquire will be more relevant to the workplace.
  • Make sure students are more effectively engaged in the decision making and reviewing process by developing the learner involvement strategies and the role of the student council.
  • Ensure that key aspects of provision including subject specific support and enrichment are more rigorously evaluated to enable managers to have a clear picture of the quality of provision in these areas and effectively plan strategies for further improvement.
  • Further improve the arrangements for providing careers education and guidance for students wishing to progress to employment so the quality of support will be equally as good as that currently available to students applying to higher education.

2006 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • low success rates on several GCE AS courses
  • narrow range of courses below level 3
  • insufficient monitoring and evaluation of subject specific support for learners
  • weaknesses in quality improvement planning in a few curriculum areas

2001 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • retention rates on a range of courses across the college
  • effectiveness of some curriculum management
  • quality and accessibility of some of the accommodation.

Report Recommendations