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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.

The Learning Support Centre

The Learning Support Centre is located in FW11, on the first floor of Firwood, and offers a comprehensive range of study skills support which all students participate in for one hour per week, their Learning Skills session, which is part of the tutorial programme.

A timetabled programme

During their Learning Skills session, students can access:

  • A range of study skills sessions including organisation, revision guides, essay writing skills and tips on answering examination questions
  • Targeted study skills support as required
  • Detailed UCAS guidance sessions
  • Careers guidance

Students have set activities, on a range of study skills, careers and life skills topics. There is also set time for one to one reviews with their Progress Tutors. In addition, students have the opportunity to work on subject specific extension topics to broaden their knowledge and skills in their academic study areas.
There are a range of online subject specific materials, including past examination papers and extra activities in each subject area. The Learning Skills Centre has sufficient computers for every student, and we also have a quiet area for those wishing to read or work quietly in small self-support groups.

Additional Support offered in the Learning Support Centre

Teaching staff

In addition to the Progress Tutors, there is an Additional Support Tutor available in the room to offer additional study skills support to students who need it. Students may self- refer or be referred by teachers or tutors. Some EAL support is also available on a Wednesday afternoon for students whose first language is not English.

Support for students with learning differences

Specialist tutors are also available to support students who have learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s Syndrome. Tutors are qualified to assess students who may need special examination arrangements at sixth form level.

In Class Support

Educational support assistants are also available to assist those students with high needs. Support offered includes mobility support, note taking and preparing specialist resources such as enlarged handouts for students who are visually impaired.

Accessing Support

Students are sometimes referred for help by their tutors or teachers but all students are able to access support themselves at any time, through the Learning Support Centre, by speaking to their Progress Tutor or the Additional Learning Support Tutor based in the room.

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