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5 reasons to study at Xaverian College

1. High Performing

Top 10% nationally for student achievement.  Excellent results at all levels, from Level 1 to University Science courses and in both academic and applied subjects.  Always above national averages.

2. Friendly & Welcoming

A genuine community where every individual is cared for and supported to success.  Our caring ethos is central to college life, and at Xaverian you will be welcomed into a diverse and exciting community that values every individual and an environment that will support you in every way.

3. Unique Campus

Set in the heart of Manchester and with a rich history going back over 150 years.  A mixture of new and modern buildings together with historic grade one listed buildings, superb facilities and lots of space makes this an attractive and successful sixth form college.

4. Teaching & Learning

Dynamic, engaging lessons delivered by enthusiastic staff, passionate about their subjects and their students.  Teachers providing extensive academic, pastoral and extracurricular activities to ensure students fulfil their potential and achieve their goals.

5. Raising Expectations

A college environment that seeks to prepare students for the next stage in their careers by fostering their maturity, encouraging independent learning skills and seeking to develop the whole personality.


At the heart of the Xaverian College campus lies the Chapel of Saint Anne. This is a safe and peaceful place open to every single member of our community for group worship, private prayers and quiet reflection.

Everyone is very welcome to join us in the Chapel for our regular services;

Week Day Masses:

An important part of being a Catholic community is celebrating Mass together however this celebration is open to everyone, regardless of faith.

We would love for as many people as possible to get involved in our weekday Masses. If you are interested in reading or playing music during mass, or are commissioned as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and would like to serve during our Masses, please get in touch.

Mass (followed by a light lunch) takes place on Monday and Friday 1:15pm – 1:45pm

Morning Prayer – takes place every day (except Thursday) 8:30am – 8:50am with some silent, meditative time to reflect on your own needs and private prayers.

Then at approximately 8:40am, we pray the Divine Office together which concludes at 8:50am.

We would love for some input into our Prayer Services, so if anyone would like to make any suggestions, or to organise an alternative service (including prayers from other faiths) we would really appreciate any new and imaginative ideas.

Service to our Community

Next to the Chapel is the Chaplaincy Social Area which is a fun and vibrant place where staff and students alike can enjoy a hot drink, unwind with our art therapy station, study in a relaxed environment, discuss important issues of the day and ultimately, make new friends.

It is through the Chaplaincy that the College Mission and Xaverian Values can truly be put into practice through our work with the local senior citizens and the homeless people of Manchester. Our fundraising efforts for various charities including Macmillan, Cornerstone, the Christmas Toy Appeal and particularly our efforts to assist our sister-school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Every year, a group of staff and student volunteers’ journey to Lourdes in the south of France on a Pilgrimage. The week we spend together is devoted to assisting Pilgrims from other communities who are elderly, ill or disabled. Teaming up with other dedicated helpers, we work in the hospitals & the hotels ensuring the assisted Pilgrims get the most from their time in Lourdes.

Our journey to Lourdes helps us to understand the true meaning of humility and compassion. The people we meet there often become our lifelong friends and have a lasting effect on each of us who are lucky enough to meet them.


Esther Frances is the College Chaplain and is here to support you on your spiritual journey during your time with us at Xaverian. If you are in need of someone just to listen to you without judgement, would like to discuss matters of faith or want someone to share in your joys and burdens, Esther is here to help you.

The Chaplain works closely with the College Counsellors, Pastoral Team, R.E. Team and Tutors to ensure that everyone is nurtured spiritually and morally, as well as being given lots of opportunities to fundraise and volunteer.

If you would like to contact Esther and the Chaplaincy Team please email chaplaincy@xaverian.ac.uk

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