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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.

Art

In Art and Design we offer many extra opportunities through the year to support our courses to encourage creativity, develop skills and try out new ways of working.

We enjoy and encourage our students to work with different Art staff across the department. The department has a really busy and vibrant atmosphere all year, culminating in our June Exhibition. Look at our Pinterest account to see last year’s exhibition by clicking on the following link – https://www.pinterest.com/xavsartdept/

New Facilities

We have fantastic new facilities in the new Ward Hall development – a spacious designated studios for Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles and our pre-university Art Foundation course. We also have a dark room for developing photos, a printer room, kiln room and access to the Cine room. Our large foyer areas are excellent display and exhibition spaces and to add to this we have a beautifully converted old stable which is used as an installation and gallery space.

Artists’ Workshops & Gallery Visits

We offer many enrichment activities each year, ranging from local gallery visits to trips abroad. Trips to Berlin, Barcelona and this year, New York are always great experiences for everybody. We have very close links with the Whitworth Art Gallery, which is just 10 minutes’ walk away, have been involved in many projects with them such as “Sound is Art,” “Cow Parade,” and “Interactive Space.” We think it is really important to work alongside practising artists and we take students to gallery workshops and often artists want to come and work with students in college. Last year, the artists Jamil Keating, Sophie Mason and Bella Leonard delivered exciting workshops on Resin Casting, Performance/Conceptual Art and Sculptural Textiles. Every year students are part of the Creative Consultants group at Manchester City Art Gallery in which work with artist to create work and curate an exhibition.

In recent years students have been very successful in various Art competitions – a painting by Rosie Sevink- Johnson was selected for the London Royal Academy A level exhibition. Students have also had their 2D and 3D work chosen by Manchester Art Gallery for a project run in conjunction with the Matthew Derbyshire Exhibition. Also at the Manchester Art Gallery, Fashion students created amazing designs for “Fashion and Freedom.” These highly creative garments were professionally modelled on the catwalk in the gallery amid great excitement from the audience.




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