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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.


Chaplaincy Enrichment

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. We aim to live up to the part of our mission statement that calls us to make a difference in the lives of the neediest and most vulnerable on an internal, local and a much wider level. So opportunities to make a difference in the world are delivered to the students not only through the tutorial program & our RE program but through the Chaplaincy as well, as it is important that social issues are tackled by our community as a whole.

Throughout the year students are encouraged to take part in our Macmillan Coffee Mornings and our Tea & Talk fundraisers for the Mental Health Foundation. Our students also lead our Christian Union group which meets regularly for prayer, debates, guest speakers and many different projects. They also have the opportunity to join our Chaplaincy Team which gives students to chance to create and arrange liturgies, such as our November Candle Service of Remembrance.

The Chaplaincy also hosts our Crafty Corner club which gathers every Thursday to learn new artistic skills in a relaxed and fun environment. We also have our Diverse Film club, where staff and students can gather to watch films that star and are directed and written by diverse women and men from a multitude of cultures and background.

We ask all members of our community to contribute to our whole college Masses at Christmas and at the end of the year, not just through their presence and active participation, but by their contribution of readings, offertory gifts and beautiful singing.

Service to the Community

We believe that if we nurture our students with God’s love, whether they know it or not they will go out and spread that same love and the gospel values to others they meet. So whilst lots of the activities we offer are about developing physical or mental skills & talents, a lot of what we do here is for spiritual development and because there’s no point in believing what is right unless it leads to helping people in distress.

We are constantly collecting donations of all kinds for our local homeless shelters and food banks and this year will be hosting a fundraiser where our students will be “sleeping rough” so that they may gain a better appreciate of what they have and to raise sponsorship money to provide the homeless of Manchester with safe and warm shelter.

During the season of Advent our students arrange a vast array of fundraising events like car washes, dress up days, bake sales & sponsored runs all in aid of buying Christmas presents for families living in poverty. They also host a Christmas Party for our local senior citizens, providing them with food, company, music and games.

Each Lent many of our students take great pride in volunteering for our 24 hour sponsored fast to raise funds for our sister school in DRC and are supported by their peers in this worthwhile challenge.

As part of our spiritual development, each year we run a Pilgrimage to Lourdes and our students, of all different faiths and backgrounds travel 25 hours by coach to meet a group of sick, elderly and disabled pilgrims and they spend the week serving them with the utmost sincerity and love. Our students work hard in the hospital and hotels to help the assisted pilgrims enjoy a comfortable and spiritual week in Lourdes and many of our student come back with a brand new outlook on life and their own faith.


Esther Knowles 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

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