Loreto College

Located in the Hulme / Moss Side area in the south of Manchester, Loreto College has been an essential part of the city’s educational provision for more than 150 years.


Originally founded in 1851 by a group of nuns who came to Manchester from the Loreto Convent in Dublin, the Catholic mission and ethos of the college are an intrinsic part of the modern education setting that the college has grown into.

The Loreto Sisters of the English Province, through their Province Leader, have established a charitable company, the Loreto Education Trust, and delegated the trusteeship of Loreto schools and colleges to the company through a trust board. The trust board, working primarily through governing bodies, ensures that the strategic aims, policies and culture of Loreto schools and colleges in England and Wales reflect the distinctive educational ethos of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Today approximately 3,500 students attend the college, benefitting from modern and well-maintained facilities. It’s an inclusive and highly diverse place to learn, closely reflecting the demographic and social profile of Manchester. Around 50% of students come from Catholic backgrounds, and the college welcomes young people of all faiths and none. The college employs around 260 people in total, of whom 179 are teaching staff.

The college has established a reputation for high standards and student outcomes. The 2017-18 ALPS data set identified Loreto as the 2nd highest performing Catholic Sixth Form College in terms of value added progress score. And the DfE Performance tables in 2017-18 placed Loreto College as the 3rd highest achieving Sixth Form College in Greater Manchester for A Level Grades. 2019 saw our students achieve a 99% pass rate (76% at A*-C). More information is available on the 2019 results at http://www.loreto.ac.uk/about-us/ofsted-and-league-tables/. 1,189 Loreto students were accepted into University places in 2018.

Though some time has passed since the college’s last Ofsted inspection in 2009, it judged us to be “outstanding in every respect”.  Our track record in academic achievement is complemented by a widening range of applied general vocational courses and a large proportion of our students are working towards BTEC qualifications.

The College also has a strong commitment to supporting students with severe learning difficulties or disabilities and our Pathways Department support these students to develop independence through a range of activities including work placements and in some cases to progress to employment.

Earlier this year we were delighted to have been named as the winners of the Sixth Form College Association Social Mobility Award for our commitment to supporting learners from all communities and to enhancing life chances for all young people.

Loreto College is the only nationally accredited GFE/SFC teaching school in Greater Manchester, and one of just three in the UK.

College Leadership
Our Senior Leadership Team is made up of four individuals: The College Principal, Deputy Principal, Vice Principal and Director of Finance, Resources and Estates.

This group are joined on the Senior Management Team by our Assistant Principal: Curriculum, Assistant Principal: Head of Student Services Upper Sixth, Assistant Principal: Head of Student Services Lower Sixth, Strategic Manager for Marketing & Schools Liaison and our Head of Information Systems.

The Governing Body comprises up to 18 governors and meets four times times a year.  The Board has a number of committees: Finance & General Purposes, Audit, Standards, Remuneration, Advisory and Appeals; which operate effectively according to the Instrument and Articles of Government. The Governing Body sets and monitors the strategic direction of the College. It is involved closely with the strategic planning process and, through the Finance and General Purposes Committee, has a strong grasp of financial and accommodation matters. It is well informed and has a clear focus on curriculum and students both in setting and maintaining the College’s educational character and direction. The Governing Body assures itself of the quality of the College’s work through its Standards Committee which meets five times a year. Its Quality Assurance arrangements are comprehensive and effective and include a robust critical analysis of the Annual College Self Assessment Report and systematic monitoring of action plans. There is a climate of mutual respect between the Governing Body, as employer, and staff.

“I would definitely recommend Loreto!!
It’s an amazing college that pushes every
individual to the best of their ability; the
college community is so welcoming, open and friendly. The teachers try their absolute best with their students and are awesome.”

 - Student feedback

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