Loreto College, Manchester

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Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester
Motto Guiding You To Success
Established 1851
Type Sixth form college
Religion Roman Catholic
Principal Ms A. Clynch.
Founder Loreto Sisters
Location Chichester Road
Greater Manchester
M15 5PB
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Local authority North West LSC (although in Manchester LEA)
DfE number 352/8601
DfE URN 130503 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–18
Website Loreto College

Loreto College is a sixth form college in Hulme, Manchester, England which caters primarily for Roman Catholics in the 16-18 age range. The key values derive from the educational philosophy of Mary Ward, a 16th-century Englishwoman, who founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the order of nuns who started the college in 1851.

During Ofsted's inspection in 2010, Loreto was adjudged to be "Outstanding in every respect"[1] with a Grade 1 rating in all the inspection criteria which no other college has equalled.[1][citation needed]


  • Loreto College was rated as "Outstanding in every respect" Ofsted 2010.
  • Loreto College has also achieved the AoC Beacon Schools Award.
  • The college has had 5 students gaining places on the prestigious Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. It achieved its first student in the inaugural year, 2008.
  • Based on ALP's analysis between 2011 and 2013 (Advanced Level Performance) Loreto College has been placed in the top 1% of college's nationally.
  • Highest A-Level Results of any Manchester College.
  • Ranked as the first sixth form college in the country for value added, according to Government legal tables, three years on the run.
  • In 2013, 21 Loreto Students gained offers from Oxford & Cambridge universities.
  • Manchester Evening News named Loreto as one of "The Best in Britain".
  • Ofsted recognizes that the majority of students achieve Grades A & B at advanced level.


The school is situated on the western edge of Manchester, next to Trafford and St Mary's Church in Hulme. It is accessed via Princess Road, the A5103.

The college campus was redeveloped from 2002 to 2014 when four buildings were constructed. The campus has two smaller buildings, the Chapel which is home to the Art & Design Department and a Sports Hall. Most of learning faculties are situated in the four main buildings on the campus.

  • Ball Building - Theology, Business Studies, Accounting, Economics, Modern Foreign Languages, Travel & Tourism, History, Politics, Classical Civilisation & Science.
  • St. Joseph's Building - Mathematics and Science.
  • Ward Building - Law, Sociology, Health & Social Care and Psychology.
  • Sports Hall - Physical Education.
  • Ellis & Kennedy Building - Library, Graphics, 3D Design, Photography, Media Studies, Film Studies, Music, Music Technology, Dance, Drama, English Language, English Literature, I.C.T., Computing and Geography.
  • Chapel & Creative Arts Building - Art & Design and Textiles.


Loreto College is an oversubscribed college and a priority system exists for applications. Approximately 52% of the students at Loreto College are Roman Catholic but the college is open to all faiths who share the same values of Excellence, Freedom, Internationality, Justice, Sincerity, Truth and Joy.[2]

The hierarchy of priority is:

  • Pupils from Roman Catholic partnership schools across Greater Manchester (guaranteed a place).
  • Pupils from other Roman Catholic Schools.
  • Pupils from Trinity Church of England High Schools.
  • Roman Catholic pupils at Non-Religious Schools.
  • Pupils from all other Schools.

Pupils studying at Roman Catholic partnership schools in Greater Manchester are guaranteed a place at Loreto if they wish to go.[3] The seventeen Roman Catholic partnership schools are (in order of proximity to Loreto College) are as follows; Loreto Chorlton (South Manchester), St Peter’s (South Manchester), The Barlow (South Manchester), St Paul’s (South Manchester), Our Lady's (South Manchester), St Matthew’s (North Manchester), Our Lady’s (North Manchester), St Ambrose Barlow (Salford), St George’s (Salford), Blessed Thomas Holford (Trafford), St John Vianney (Trafford), St Patrick’s (Eccles),[4] St Monica’s (Bury), St Damian’s (Tameside), St Thomas More (Tameside), St Philip Howard (Derbyshire).[3]

Prospective students must also meet GCSE entry requirements to study AS Level or BTEC Qualifications.[3]

Notable people associated with Loreto



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 ""Outstanding in every respect." OFSTED 2010". Loreto College. Retrieved 2011-09-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The college that gets 11-plus 'failures' into Oxbridge. How?". The Guardian. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Apply to Loreto". Loreto College. Retrieved 2011-09-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://www.stpatricksrchigh.co.uk/
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Sport at Loreto", loreto.ac.uk; accessed 29 September 2015.
  6. "Comedian Jason Manford escapes high-speed tyre blow-out". Manchester Evening News. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "John Leech - FAQs". john-leech.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Pat McDonagh, award-winning designer, dead at age 80". CBC. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Pete Postlethwaite OBE". loreto.ac.uk. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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