Principal's Welcome


A warm welcome to Loreto College.
As you are reading this, you are clearly interested in making the most of your opportunities beyond high school. As a student living in Greater Manchester, you have an amazing range of post-16 educational choices. Loreto College is committed enabling you to develop academically, spiritually and personally in your educational after high school. Our Loreto College prospectus aims to help guide you through the options so that in the important transition to advanced level study you find the right college and course for you.

Why do I think that you should study at Loreto?

Tradition. In joining our college in September 2014, you will become part of a long established academic community. Though our buildings and facilities are incredibly modern and up-to-date, we have been educating generations of Manchester students since 1851. Not only that, you will become part of a world-wide Loreto community, a member of an international network of schools and colleges spanning the globe.  

Success. In becoming a Loreto student, you will be joining a highly successful, high achieving academic community. It is not just me who says so! Our most recent OFSTED inspection stated that we were “Outstanding in every respect”. Every course inspected was declared to be “Outstanding”. Her Majesty’s Inspectors recognised that ‘The College is imbued at every level with a culture of high aspirations and expectations’ [OFSTED 2010]. The OFSTED house journal stated “Loreto is the pinnacle of sixth form education”. [OFSTED “Talisman” 2010]

Support. As a Loreto student, you will receive outstanding support whether aspiring to an Oxbridge place or re-sitting a GCSE course. Our senior tutor and tutor system provides a solid network of information, advice and guidance at every level ably assisted by our counsellors and career staff.

Progression. Living and learning at Loreto College is a wonderful experience in itself. It is also an excellent preparation for progression to higher education. The intensive help and thorough guidance that Loreto students receive in the process of application to university and further study, is outstanding. Loreto students aspire to and achieve places in the highest seats of learning in the country.

Facilities. Loreto is Manchester’s only purpose built sixth form college. Come and look at us. You will agree that the facilities are excellent. They include three student cafeterias, I.T. access in all classrooms for student use, a multi-media learning resource centre and a new sports centre with dance studio. Our most recently opened building, Ellis and Kennedy, a £20M performing arts building, houses its own music recording studios, editing suites, media production, television studio, in-house cinema, and dance studio, industry standard theatre, drop-in applemac IT Suite as well as a student shop. And by the time that you arrive in September 2014, our latest teaching block St. Joseph’s will be open. Loreto College facilities will help you grow and mature as a sixth form student.

Enrichment. Loreto’s enrichment programme will enable you to widen your college experience with a wide range of activities. Sport: join one of our immensely successful competitive teams or just for fun. Music: our choirs and music ensembles perform through the year then undertake a short European tour for a week in summer. Drama: the annual college musical before Christmas and the summer play plus numerous other opportunities really showcase our students’ talents.

Excellence. Loreto students join a community widely recognised for its excellence. Loreto has the rare distinction of being a Queen’s Anniversary Prize winner which I received on behalf of the college at Buckingham Palace. Loreto has Beacon and Leading Edge Status, is recognised as outstanding in league table positions and year on year academic results.

With all this in mind, I warmly invite you to explore Loreto College yourself. Make good use of the Open Days to visit our green and leafy campus. Check out our new buildings and superb facilities. Spot the subtle integration of some of the old buildings into the new. But more than this: look at departments, talk to staff and students, ask questions – get a feel for the college first hand. We will be happy to welcome you and guide you to success.

Ann Clynch CBE