Loreto College


Name Loreto College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 10 November 2009
Address Chichester Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5PB
Phone Number 01612265156
Type Sixth Form College
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Manchester

Information about the provider

1. Loreto College, situated between Hulme and Moss Side in Manchester, is one of an international network of Catholic colleges run by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a religious order founded in the seventeenth century by the Englishwoman Mary Ward. In all of its work the college aims to give expression to the core values of Mary Ward, which are: freedom, justice, sincerity, truth and joy, and to encourage ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’ who are able to challenge accepted notions and modes of society. In accordance with its founding mission to serve the Catholic community of Hulme and Moss Side, the college accepts all applications from Catholic students. Two thirds of its 1,900 students come from Catholic partner high schools and from other Catholic schools in the wider Manchester area. 2. The college’s student population is drawn from Manchester and surrounding local authorities including Salford, Trafford, Tameside and Derbyshire. In 2007, Manchester was ranked as the 4th most deprived out of 354 local authorities. In Manchester in 2008, the proportion of school leavers achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C (including English and mathematics) was 36.7% compared to a national figure of 47.2%. Over half of all students at the college receive educational maintenance allowances. The number of students enrolling at the college has increased steadily for the last eight years. Almost all students are aged 16 to 18 and are enrolled on full-time advanced level courses. The college’s student population is a diverse multi-ethnic and multicultural community. 3. The college offers provision from foundation to advanced level in 10 subject areas. At advanced level 35 subjects are offered at GCE AS and A level, plus four national diploma courses and the CACHE diploma in nursery nursing. At intermediate level the college offers four GCSE subjects and three first diploma courses. At foundation level it offers two vocational courses and ‘Pathways to New Horizons’, a programme for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Type of provision Number of enrolled learners in 2008/09 Provision for young learners: Further education (16 to 18) Foundation learning 1,770 full-time learners 42 part-time learners 54 full-time learners Provision for adult learners: Further education (19+) 43 full-time learners 3 part-time learners

Main findings

• The college is successfully maintaining and extending its Catholic mission and ethos. It contributes very effectively to community cohesion and makes an increasingly influential and valuable contribution to the profile of Catholic education locally and nationally. • Outcomes for students are outstanding. The quality of provision in all the four subject areas inspected is outstanding. Success rates have been sustained at high levels for a number of years. On the majority of subjects at GCE AS and A level and on vocational programmes students’ attainment is high. Too few students taking GCSE English and mathematics gain grades A* to C. • Students make exceptional progress during their time at Loreto. Most achieve grades higher than predicted from their prior qualifications. The college has high expectations of its students; most achieve challenging targets and progress to further and higher education or employment. • Students make an outstanding contribution to the wider community. Large numbers give their time freely to support charitable causes, fund raising and social activities which promote social responsibility and global awareness. Their generosity, tolerance and respect for each other are exemplary. • Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding. Students thoroughly enjoy their time at the college and speak highly of their experiences and the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers skilfully use a wide range of strategies to motivate, challenge and raise students’ aspirations. • The college provides excellent academic support for students through a series of additional lessons that provide challenge to more able students and give support to those requiring additional help. • The advanced curriculum is very broad and provision at intermediate and foundation levels provides inclusive options for students wishing to progress within the college. An extensive range of enrichment activities enhances the opportunities available for students to develop their academic, personal and social skills. • The college’s contribution to the wider community is outstanding. The concept of the ‘mission on the doorstep’ supports its active involvement with local Catholic primary and secondary schools, and a neighbouring college, to raise standards. The college is generous in encouraging and supporting staff to share good practice. • Spiritual, pastoral and tutorial support are very strong. Staff from across the college work together exceptionally well to identify and support vulnerable