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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.


What the Inspectors Say

In our inspection Ofsted graded Xaverian in key areas and found it to be Grade One – Outstanding – in all categories.

The key strengths as published in the report are:

  • outstanding leadership and management
  • very high success rates
  • outstanding personal and learning support arrangements
  • strong Catholic ethos based on the Xaverian mission
  • consistently outstanding value added
  • highly responsive and flexible curriculum
  • highly inclusive culture
  • outstanding enrichment programme
  • highly effective information, advice and guidance
  • very effective quality assurance leading to improvements

Effectiveness of Provision – Outstanding: Grade 1

‘Xaverian College is outstanding in all aspects of its provision. The college offers students a happy, welcoming and spiritually open environment in which they feel safe to explore their own values and faith and that of others. The progress made by learners is excellent. Pass and retention rates are high and progression rates to higher education are excellent. Teaching and learning are good, supported by the college’s excellent award winning virtual learning environment (VLE), which is well integrated into curriculum areas and highly valued by students. ‘

Capacity to improve – Outstanding: Grade 1

‘Capacity to improve is outstanding. College targets are challenging and have been exceeded. Staff very effectively use the data provided by the excellent management information systems to analyse and improve the performance of students.’

Achievement and Standards – Outstanding: Grade 1

‘Achievement and standards are outstanding. Learners’ spiritual and moral development is outstanding. Success rates at level 3 have remained above the average for sixth form colleges for the last four years. Progress on GCE AS level and A level courses is excellent; learners’ achieve much better grades than might be predicted from their GCSE results. Learners make excellent progress with 86% of leavers progressing to higher education. Learners receiving additional learning support make good progress’.

Quality of Provision – Outstanding: Grade 1

‘The college is committed to continuously improving the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers have high levels of subject expertise, and are enthusiastic. Learners benefit from well planned lessons and a wide range of learning activities that ensure they are involved actively in lessons.  Students are highly motivated and keen to learn. Parents and carers are well informed about students’ progress and about the work of the college. Support for students is outstanding and fully integrated with the college ethos and culture of inclusivity. The delivery of learning skills support is an outstanding feature of provision. Careers guidance is outstanding and embedded within the tutorial process.’

Leadership and Management – Outstanding: Grade 1

Leadership and management are outstanding. The principal, very ably supported by an experienced and very dedicated senior management team and the governors, provides a clear vision for the future of the college, based on Catholic values. There is a sustained focus to drive up already outstanding standards. Resources are of high quality. Teachers are extremely well qualified and there are dedicated resources to promote the Xaverian mission, including a team of specialist religious education teachers.

Equality of Opportunity – Outstanding: Grade 1

The college’s approach to inclusion is outstanding.

The caring Catholic ethos is central to the life of the college and provides an environment where students of all cultures and beliefs can thrive and achieve well.

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