St John Rigby College has been awarded the highest possible grading of Outstanding by education watchdog Ofsted, putting it among the country's best-performing colleges.
Following a recent inspection of the Orrell-based institution, St John Rigby was graded outstanding across every area of its education programme in an Ofsted report published in March.
The award makes St John Rigby only the third sixth-form college in the country to achieve the top grade under Ofsted's new, more stringent common inspection framework. It achieved the mark in areas such as effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for learners.
According to the report: "The college is fully inclusive and follows the mission: Give me roots to grow and wings to fly. Students are confident and self-assured, have excellent attitudes towards learning and make exceptional progress." Following the inspection in February, Ofsted also praised staff, managers and students of the college, situated in the Orrell district of the metropolitan borough of Wigan.
College principal Peter McGhee said: "I am absolutely delighted and extremely proud of the judgement and of the comments made. This report is testament to the commitment, passion and dedication shown by staff and students to ensure the highest standards are attained in all aspects of our work.
"It is fantastic to see the acknowledgement that is given to the College's inclusive nature, that staff are ambitious for their students and that this results in learners making excellent progress. We place no ceiling on achievement. Our passion and enthusiasm is described as infectious and enables young people to achieve or exceed their potential."
The announcement follows on from the publication of Department for Education performance data placing the College in the top ten colleges nationally for A level progress.
Link to college website: http://sjr.ac.uk/news/2016-17/ofsted2017.asp