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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.

Pastoral Care

A primary aim of the college is to ensure that each individual realises their full potential and our students are at the heart of all our work at Xaverian.

From the point at which you apply a Pastoral Manager and Progress Tutor will be assigned to you and will look after you throughout your time with us. From discussing your course options on an individual basis and explaining college procedures pre-enrolment, to helping you plan your next step after college, they will work to make sure you achieve the very best you can and are happy at Xaverian.

The tutorial system

After enrolling at Xaverian you will join a tutor group of approximately 22 students, led by your personal Progress Tutor. We are very proud of our pastoral system and you will find that throughout your time at college you will receive all the help you need. Central to this is your Progress tutor who is there to monitor and support you, make sure you stay on target and help with any difficulties that may arise, either in or out of the classroom. They will help you get the most out of your time at Xaverian.

You will have a Learning Skills session as well as a longer tutorial session once a week. Your Progress Tutor will meet with you to give you general guidance and support on a whole range of topics and issues as well as reviewing your progress and dealing with problems relating to your course programme. They will also give you help with University and job applications, as well as contributing to reports home and attending Parents’ Evenings. We aim to help you organise yourself and your work, and to become a successful and efficient independent learner. Every student receives a USB pen-drive, has access to an award winning Virtual Learning Environment  and everyone is offered support with study skills such as work organisation and time management, essay writing and exam and revision techniques.

Your Pastoral Manager

The college has a team of Pastoral managers, each responsible for a number of tutor groups. Your Pastoral Manager will oversee your study programme at Xaverian, and remain with you throughout your time at the college. They will work closely with your Progress Tutor, supporting and advising you on all aspects of study, overseeing University applications and guiding you towards making the right decisions for your future. They will;

  • Arrange your programme of studies and monitor your progress throughout your time at Xaverian.
  • Be available for private one-to-one discussion on any matter you think may affect your studies at the college.
  • Refer you to other sources of advice and support e.g. Counselling, Careers
  • Write references for University or employment.
  • Work alongside your parents in resolving any difficulties you may experience.
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