Prospectus 2019 Entry - Xaverian College

Prospectus 2019 Entry - Xaverian College
2019 Entry
Prospectus 2019 Entry - Xaverian College
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    4    Welcome to Xaverian College

    6    Reasons for choosing us

    8    How do I apply?

    10   An Outstanding College

    12   Outstanding Results

    14   Supporting you to Success

    16   Award Winning Careers Service

    18   High Achievers at Xaverian

    20   University Partnerships

    22   What can I study?

    24   Courses

    26   Enrichment Explained

    28   Enrichment - Music

    30   Enrichment - Sport

    32   Enrichment - Drama

    34   The Xaverian Community

    36   Outside the Classroom

    38   What our students say

    40   Campus map and history

    42   Getting to College

    44   Where we are

    46   Community Day 2018

    48   Timeline
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                    Welcome to
                    Xaverian College                                                                 The Xaverian Mission
                                                                                                     We are a Catholic College dedicated to the development of
                                                                                                     the whole person. To achieve this we will:
    Welcome to Xaverian College. I hope this prospectus will help provide
    an insight into life as a student at Xaverian, and some of the fantastic                         •   Maintain a Christian environment     •   Offer appropriate choices, guidance,
                                                                                                         which is purposeful and fulfilling       support and facilities
    opportunities available to our students.                                                         •   Value all members of the College     •   Help students to develop as people
                                                                                                         Community equally                        who strive for the highest possible standards
                                                                                                     •   Promote excellence in teaching
                                                                                                                                                  in all aspects of their lives as happy, useful,
                                                                                                                                                  and successful members of society, and
                                                                                                         and learning
                                                                                                                                                  who combine success with service to others
                                         Xaverian has been serving the people of Greater
                                                                                                         Have the very highest expectations       in both their personal and working lives.
                                         Manchester for 156 years, and we remain an
                                                                                                         of all our students
                                         Outstanding Catholic college for the community.
                                         Students and staff from all backgrounds are welcome
                                         to join this community of learning, faith and service.
                                         During my time at the college I have seen time and
                                         again the fantastic endeavours of our students, and
                                         how the college can transform the lives of young
                                         people in our care, as we guide and support them to
                                         develop their talents and reach their full potential,
                                         both at Xaverian and when they progress from us.
                                         Like many of our staff I have a long affiliation with the
                                         college, in no small part due to the unique character
                                         and environment that I continue to enjoy at Xaverian.
                                         In my case this has spanned 45 years as a student,
                                         teacher and now as Principal. Each year our students
                                         tell us how much they enjoy studying with us, and I
                                         am sure you will find the College just as welcoming,
                                         challenging, supportive and distinctive
                                         as previous generations.
                                         I look forward to meeting you on Open Days and
                                         Taster Days, where you can get a sense of what
                                         Xaverian offers for yourself. Good luck with your
                                         continued studies.

                                         Tony Knowles, Principal
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    5 reasons for choosing us

    1   A high performing college
        Xaverian is in the top 10% nationally for
        student achievement. We have excellent
        results at all levels from Level 1 to university
        science courses and in both academic
        and applied subjects we are always above
        national averages.

                                                                                                            3   A unique and attractive campus
                                                                                                                A mixture of new and historic buildings, superb facilities and lots of space.

                                                                                                                                                                      4      Friendly and welcoming
                                                                                                                                                                             A genuine community where every individual
                                                                                                                                                                             is cared for and supported to success.

                                                                                                                Raising expectations
                                                                                                                Xaverian seeks to prepare students for the

                                                           2   Outstanding teaching and learning
                                                               Dynamic, engaging lessons delivered by
                                                               enthusiastic staff, passionate about their
                                                                                                                next stage in their careers by fostering their
                                                                                                                maturity, encouraging independent learning
                                                                                                                skills and developing the whole person.
                                                               subjects and their students.                     We really do believe that “In harmony small
                                                               Teachers provide extensive academic,             things grow” and our high expectations for
                                                               pastoral and extracurricular activities to       academic study and behaviour help students
                                                               ensure students fulfil their potential and       raise their expectations and prepare for a
                                                               achieve their goals.                             successful future.
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    How do I apply?   • Pick up an Application Form                            If you are studying at a Catholic high school, or are
                                                                               a Catholic at another school, we should be able to
                                                                               offer you a place, provided that: you apply before the
                      • Fill in your details                                   deadline, we can agree a suitable programme of study,
                                                                               and you have a supportive reference from school.
                      • Include a personal statement
                                                                               When do I find out?
                       • Pass this to your school
                                                                               If we are able to offer you a place, we will invite you
                      		 for predicted grades and                              in to a Course Consultation before the end of March.
                      		 a reference.                                          If you are not offered a place and are placed on our
                                                                               Waiting List, we will ask you to contact us with your
                      Application Forms can be picked up on our Open           GCSE results when you receive them.
                      Days, direct from your High School or downloaded
                                                                               What is the Course Consultation?
                      from our website.
                                                                               This is an opportunity to come in to college and
                      Once you have filled in your details and subjects
                                                                               discuss your options with one of our specialist advice
                      choices, check the form is signed and include any
                                                                               team. We may discuss career aspirations, your target
                      other requested information. Add your personal
                                                                               grades, and which combination of courses might
                      statement, and then you should hand it in to your
                                                                               be right for you. It is informal, and your parents or
                      head of year for them to complete your reference
                                                                               guardians are welcome to come along as well. Do not
                      and predicted grades. The school will usually
                                                                               worry if you are still uncertain of your subject choices
                      forward this for you. Then, check your post for our
                                                                               at this stage – there is always guidance available, and
                      confirmation postcard.
                                                                               plenty of time to make your decisions.

                         The deadline for applications is                      Can I change the subjects I’ve applied for?
                         Friday 18th January 2019.                             Yes, the subject choices you agree at your Course
                                                                               Consultation are only provisional, and can be changed.
                                                                               We ask that this be done by July to help our planning,
                      What are the entry requirements?                         but we may be able to provide course changes at
                      Six passes at GCSE, at least two of which should be      enrolment in cases where your GCSE results differ from
                      at grade 6.                                              your predicted grades or if an alternative course is not
                                                                               already full and you have met the entry requirements
                      Some advanced level courses have their own specific      for this subject.
                      entry requirements. You can check the specific details
                      of these on the course pages of our website.

                                                                               We also consider applications
                                                                               based on:
                                                                               • A supportive reference from
                                                                                 school, including details of
                                                                                 attendance, punctuality, conduct
                                                                                 and application
                                                                               • Your personal statement
                                                                               • The suitability of chosen courses,
                                                                                 and course availability.
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     An Outstanding College
                                                                               Effectiveness of Provision –                              ethos and culture of inclusivity. The delivery of
                                                                               Outstanding: Grade 1                                      learning skills support is an outstanding feature
                                                                                                                                         of provision. Careers guidance is outstanding and
                                                                               ‘Xaverian College is outstanding in all aspects of        embedded within the tutorial process.’
                                                                               its provision. The college offers students a happy,
                                                                               welcoming and spiritually open environment in which       Equality of Opportunity –
     In our inspection Ofsted graded Xaverian in key areas and found it to     they feel safe to explore their own values and faith
                                                                               and that of others. The progress made by learners
                                                                                                                                         Outstanding: Grade 1
     be Grade One – Outstanding – in all categories.                           is excellent. Pass and retention rates are high and       ‘The college’s approach to inclusion is outstanding.
                                                                               progression rates to higher education are excellent.
                                                                               Teaching and learning are good, supported by the          The caring Catholic ethos is central to the life of the
                                                                               college’s excellent award-winning virtual learning        college and provides an environment where students
                                                                               environment (VLE), which is well integrated into          of all cultures and beliefs can thrive and achieve well.’
                                         The key strengths as published in     curriculum areas and highly valued by students.’
                                         the report are:                                                                                 Achievement and Standards –
                                                                               Quality of Provision –                                    Outstanding: Grade 1
                                         • Outstanding leadership              Outstanding: Grade 1                                      ‘Achievement and standards are outstanding.
                                           and management                      ‘The college is committed to continuously improving       Learners’ spiritual and moral development is
                                                                               the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers have       outstanding. Success rates at level 3 have remained
                                         • Very high success rates             high levels of subject expertise, and are enthusiastic.   above the average for sixth form colleges for the
                                                                               Learners benefit from well-planned lessons and a          last four years. Progress on GCE AS level and A level
                                                                               wide range of learning activities that ensure they        courses is excellent; learners’ achieve much better
                                         • Outstanding personal and learning   are involved actively in lessons. Students are highly     grades than might be predicted from their GCSE
                                           support arrangements                motivated and keen to learn. Parents and carers           results. Learners make excellent progress with 86%
                                                                               are well informed about students’ progress and            of leavers progressing to higher education.
                                                                               about the work of the college. Support for students       Learners receiving additional learning support
                                         • Strong Catholic ethos based on      is outstanding and fully integrated with the college      make good progress.’
                                           the Xaverian mission
                                         • Consistently outstanding
                                           value added
                                         • Highly responsive and
                                           flexible curriculum
                                         • Highly inclusive culture
                                         • Outstanding enrichment
                                         • Highly effective information,
                                           advice and guidance
                                         • Very effective quality assurance
                                           leading to improvements
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     Outstanding Results

       99%                            50%          75%            1181          100%            33            6        800+
     A level pass rate                    A* - B    of entries    High grades   BTEC Level 3    Courses     students     students
                                                   were grade C    awarded       pass rate     with 100%     went to   progressed to
                                                    or higher                                  pass rates   Oxbridge     university
     Results data correct at time of publication
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     Supporting you to success
     At Xaverian every student matters to us. We will give you first-class
     support both inside and outside the classroom.

     Outstanding Teaching and Learning                       Your tutor is there to assist with concerns in and out
                                                             of the classroom and ensure that you reach your full
     Your teachers are your primary source of contact and    potential. Together with the pastoral manager they
     are your main source of support for achieving success   will give you:
     in your subjects. At Xaverian you will have lessons
     in your subjects four times a week – we believe it is   • One-to-one reviews on your progress
     important to get this regular contact. Your teachers    • A weekly programme of topical issues in tutorial
     will set you targets and review you regularly to see
     how you are doing.
                                                             • Guidance on university and careers applications
                                                             • Support in all aspects of your study programme.
     Subject Support
                                                             Your Pastoral Manager
     All our teachers are timetabled for a minimum of
     two hours extra support sessions during the week.       Your pastoral manager is an experienced member
     In one-to-ones or small groups, our teachers make       of staff, who is there to support you in all aspects of
     time to support students, whether they are striving     college life. Your pastoral manager will remain with
     for top grades, or consolidating the work they have     you throughout your time at the college and will work
     done in class.                                          closely with your progress tutor. They will support you
                                                             and advise you on all aspects of study, are responsible
     Your Tutor                                              for managing your university applications, and will
                                                             guide you towards making the right decisions for your
     When you come to Xaverian you will belong to a          future. They are also the link between the college and
     tutor group that meets three times a week, led by       parents or guardians.
     a progress tutor who is there to support you in all
                                                                                                                       Learning Skills                                        Do you have specific needs?
     aspects of college life, and who will help you get
     the most out of your time at Xaverian.                                                                            As well as independent study periods, you will be      To enable all students coming to Xaverian to achieve
                                                                                                                       timetabled for a one hour learning skills session in   their aims, the college has a dedicated Learning
                                                                                                                       your tutor group and you will follow a programme to    Support Team. The team has very wide experience
                                                                                                                       help you develop essential study skills.               in supporting students with a range of difficulties and
                                                                                                                                                                              study skills needs.
                                                                                                                       There are members of staff permanently in the
                                                                                                                       centre to help and support students. The programme     Specialist tutors are available to support those
                                                                                                                       includes:                                              students who require additional learning support. We
                                                                                                                       • Access to subject materials online and help with     also support students for whom English is not their
                                                                                                                                                                              first language.
                    “Teaching at Xaverian                                                                                any issues
                    feels much more personal                                                                           • Planning and time-management techniques              The support offered includes:
                    and the teachers allow the                                                                         • Revision and exam techniques                         • Initial assessment of Maths and English skills
                    lessons to be enjoyable!”                                                                          • Literacy support                                     • Educational support workers to provide in-class
                                                                                                                       • Critical thinking skills.                              support for students with specific needs
                                                                                                                                                                              • Arrangements for examination concessions
                                                                                                                                                                              • Development of learning materials to meet the
                                                                                                                                                                                needs of individuals
                                                                                                                                                                              • Referral for specialist assessment or to
                                                                                                                                                                                specialist agencies.
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     Award-winning                                                                                                                                            Apprenticeship Case Study

                                                                                                                                                                       Student: John Hardy

     Careers Service                                                                                                                                                       Previous School:
                                                                                                                                                                  Covenant Christian School
     Our award-winning careers team will work with all Xaverian students, to
                                                                                                                                                                       A-Levels at Xaverian:
     help ensure the best possible progress for them when they leave college.
                                                                                                                                                                    Biology, Maths, Physics
     The careers education programme works through tutorials, but there are also one-to-one careers interviews
     available, and an on-demand advisory service, as well as work experience, apprenticeship support,
     Higher Education fairs, University Open Day visits and much more. In 2017, 88% of Xaverian students went
     on to University, with 37% taking up places at Russell Group Universities, as well as music colleges,                                         What John says: “The supportive and
     conservatoires and art schools.
                                                                                                                                                   helpful careers team have helped me
     Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is GOLD STANDARD accredited via Inspiring IAG–
     we were the first Sixth Form College in the North West with the Gold Standard. Our students progress to a
                                                                                                                                                      get an apprenticeship with Airbus
     wide range of degrees and over a third of all students progress to Russell Group Universities.                                                                 Defence and Space.”

       “Xaverian has great                                       “Xaverian is a place of
       careers guidance,                                         opportunity and freedom,
       and lots of opportunities                                 continuously providing the
       to improve both academic                                  stepping stones to achieve
       and non-academic skills.”                                 your success.”

       Harry Youd                                                Mercy Oluwani

                                                                                                                 What our Careers team offer:
                                                                                                                 • One-to-one careers interviews     • Apprenticeship Support Programme
                                                                                                                 • On-demand advisory service        • Futures Week
                                                                                                                 • Careers education programme       • HE fairs
                                                                                                                   for all students
                                                                                                                                                     • University Open Days
                                                                                                                 • Mock Interview Support
                                                                                                                                                     • Weekly Student Opportunities
                                                                                                                 • Online CV builder                   Newsletter
                                                                                                                 • Online test preparation           • Job Club & Gap Year support
                                                                                                                 • Employer engagement & work 		     • Employer Mentoring Scheme.
                                                                                                                   experience service
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     High Achievers at Xaverian
     A much higher proportion of Xaverian students go on to the top Russell
     Group Universities, Oxford and Cambridge, than the national average.
     We have developed a highly successful programme to prepare these
     students for the extra demands of the applications to these institutions
     and to ensure that they have the skills to succeed when they get there.
                                                                                       A Targeted Course                                        Are Shakespeare’s comedies funny?

                                                                                       All students who have excelled at their GCSEs and        Why did Venice lose its might as a naval power?
        Tim Bell, Trinity CE School                   Emily Glover, Stockport School   others who demonstrate real promise are invited
                                                                                                                                                How far does epigenetics explain the differences
                                                                          Biology A*   to join an additional High Achievers programme to
        Biology A*                                                                                                                              between identical twins?
                                                                        Chemistry A*   supplement their other studies. Here they will meet
        Chemistry A*
                                                                           Maths A*    with our specialised and experienced High Achievers      Our students unanimously tell us that the EPQ
        Maths A*                                                                       staff and take part in a supercharged, highly academic
                                                                              EPQ A                                                             is a fantastic experience and a good grade in this
        EPQ A                                                                          programme designed to develop the skills and             qualification is a very effective way of demonstrating
                                                                                       application of knowledge that are needed to access       that you are a strong independent learner.
                                                                                       both A* grades and top universities. The course has
                                                                                       these aims:
                                                                                                                                                Preparation for Top Universities
                                                                                       • Extended communication – delivering structured,        Each year many of our students are offered places at
                                                                                         substantial arguments in different forms, including
                                                                                                                                                some of the top 20 Universities in the world – from
                                                                                         interview preparation
                                                                                                                                                Oxford and Cambridge to Imperial College, London.
                                                                                       • Critical thinking – logically assess texts and 		      There is a programme of events to guide students
                                                                                         arguments, finding flaws and establishing validity     through the process and encourage them to aim high

                                                                                       • Problem solving – being creative in approaching        in their expectations throughout the year. As well as
                                                                                                                                                opportunities to visit top universities, students have
                                                                                         tasks and developing resilience to work through 		     the opportunity to enhance their subject knowledge
                                                                                         difficult questions
                                                                                                                                                and understanding through lectures, workshops and
                                                                                       • Cultural awareness – discussing current affairs, 		    other events. These have included:
                                                                                         zeitgeist, and the wider world around you

                                                                                       • Independent learning – increasing your
                                                                                                                                                Workshop from an Admissions Tutor from
                                                                                                                                                St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.
                                                                                         awareness of the learning process, and the control
                                                                                         and independence.                                      Workshop with students for
                                                                                                                                                Pembroke College, Oxford.
                                                                                                                                                Summer Schools at
                                                                                       The Extended Project Qualification is an opportunity
                                                                                       for students to develop their own topic for study        Corpus Christi and Pembroke College,
                                                                                       and development for which they produce a paper           Oxford and Manchester University.
                                                                                       or report and are awarded an AS Level and relevant
                                                                                       UCAS points. Universities value the EPQ as the           Residential visits to both
                                                                                       process requires time-management, individual             Oxford and Cambridge.
                                                                                       research and a passion and flair for the subject –
                                                                                       all skills which students will need for university.      Languages day with the
                                                                                       This year over 80 students have successfully             Cambridge Language Centre.
                                                                                       completed the qualification, and with each student
                                                                                       choosing their own topic, the titles have included:      Interview Preparation with
                                                                                                                                                Oxford and Cambridge tutors.
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     University Partnerships
                                                                                                                                                                                 Cambridge Languages Project
                                                                                                                                                                                 As part of a national incentive to increase participation
                                                                                                                                                                                 in Modern Languages, Cambridge University has
                                                                                                                                                                                 established language hubs around the country to
                                                                                                                                                                                 develop and encourage language learning. Xaverian
     Xaverian has a great reputation, and has built partnerships                                                                                                                 College was chosen as the link centre for the North
                                                                                                                                                                                 West Widening Participation for Languages
     with many Universities, employers and other institutions across the                                                                                                         Project, due to years of excellent A-level results in
                                                                                                                                                                                 traditional language subjects, and also our healthy
     country. We are also proud to be a member of MANCEP,                                                                                                                        alternative languages programme (where students
     the Manchester Catholic Education Partnership.                                                                                                                              are encouraged to take examinations in their native
                                                                                                                                                                                 language). Xaverian was the ideal college to deliver
                                                                                                                                                                                 the project aims.

                                                                                                                                                                                 This year, 60 potential Oxbridge and Russell group
                                                                                                                                                                                 students from Xaverian and other colleges in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 area were chosen to attend events that promoted
     Xaverian College is part of OXNET, a nationwide subject   Our NWSN annual programme consists of twilight                                                                    post-A Level language-learning.
     enrichment partnership led by Oxford University.          science lectures, lab visits, and STEM summer schools.
                                                                                                                                                                                 During these days, all students were taught in small
     Xaverian’s role is to run the Greater Manchester hub of   This year, students have enjoyed lectures from a range
                                                                                                                                                                                 groups by Cambridge University staff, and students
     the North West Science Network in conjunction with        of university academics on topics such as Brain-Inspired
                                                                                                                                                                                 were given a taste of language-learning sessions
     Corpus Christi College and Pembroke College (Oxford).     Computing, the electrochemistry of Graphene and                                                                   at university as well as given the opportunity to
     This network aims to engage students from the North       Epigenetics. Xaverian College hosted the Easter Maths                                                             experiment with more unusual languages, such as
     West with research-level science, designed to further     School, where students learnt the importance of                                                                   Arabic, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese. Staff from
     equip them for application and entry into higher          mathematics as a key tool across the entire spectrum                                                              Cambridge also led introductory sessions about
     education and develop their interest in STEM topics       of science.                                                                                                       language careers and answered questions about
     beyond the curriculum.                                                                                                                                                      Cambridge Entrance procedures. Xaverian will be the
                                                               OXNET offers partnership schools and colleges access                                                              hub college for the continuation of this project and
                                                               to a range of subject-led enrichment opportunities                                                                will be hosting again in 2018/2019.
                                                               such as the Pembroke North Theology & Humanities
                                                               programme and the Manchester Centre for Languages
                                                               and Culture.

                                                                                                                          The University of Manchester                           Manchester Access Programme
                                                                                                                          Xaverian has a long-standing partnership with          Xaverian College is proud of its links with universities
                                                                                                                          The University of Manchester, and our science          and one example of this is through the Manchester
                                                                                                                          staff continue to teach the University of              Access Programme (MAP) run by the University of
                                                                                                                          Manchester Foundation Courses in Life Science,         Manchester. Every year, lower 6 students from
                                                                                                                          Pharmacy and Medicine and Dentistry (combined).        under-represented backgrounds successfully apply for
                                                                                                                          As well as being a fine reflection of the quality of   MAP and participate in a range of activities aimed at
                                                                                                                          our own Faculty of Science, we continue to enjoy       preparing them for life at a top university. Upon
                                                                                                                          working closely with the faculty of such a             completion of the programme, students can receive
                                                                                                                          prestigious Russell Group University.                  a reduced offer from the University of Manchester.
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     What Can I Study?
                                                        Advanced Level Courses
                                                        Advanced Level courses are A-Levels or BTECs.                College Entry Requirements
                                                        A-Levels are studied for two years and at the end of
                                                        the course you will receive an A-Level qualification         For an advanced level programme the
                                                        that is highly regarded by universities and employers.       college requires:
     At Xaverian you can choose from over               Most students study three, and A-Levels are graded
                                                        from A* to E.                                               • Six GCSE passes, at least two of
     40 advanced level subjects, taught by highly                                                                 		 which must be grade 6 or better
     qualified and passionate staff. All our subjects   BTECs require you to take several units over a 2 year
                                                        course, and can be equivalent to up to 3 A-Levels.          • GCSE passes in at least two of
     have excellent success rates.                      They are graded as Distinction, Merit or Pass.            		 English, Science and Maths
                                                        They provide an excellent alternative to traditional
                                                        A-Level study.                                              • Some advanced level courses
                                                                                                                  		 have their own specific entry
                                                        A timetable unique to you                                 		 requirements. You can check the
                                                        Your programme of study will be all the combined          		 latest recommendations in our
                                                        elements of our subjects and other sessions that make     		 individual course guides online.
                                                        up your timetable through the week. Each student
                                                        has a timetable that is unique to them, and specialist
                                                        guidance will be given at the Course Consultation to
                                                        make sure that students are on the best programme
                                                        for their ambitions.

                                                        Although you may think that college is just about the
                                                        subjects you will take, at Xaverian there is much more
                                                        to it than that. As well as your subjects:
                                                        • You will be part of a tutor group with about 20
                                                          other students. You will meet for tutorial once
                                                          a week, and for another slot – called learning skills
                                                          – for another hour
                                                        • You will have an R.E. lesson with your tutor group.
                                                          This is a non-examined subject, with the focus on
                                                          debate and discussion
                                                        • There are opportunities to take part in a wide
                                                          range of activities and enrichment. Some of this
                                                          takes place on Wednesday afternoon, but also
                                                          throughout the college day, and after college
                                                        • All students have independent study time and
                                                          are able to access study areas all around college,
                                                          but especially in the Ryken Study Centre.

                                                        Level 2 Programme
                                                        We offer a range of GCSE qualifications and level
                                                        2 BTEC courses. It may be possible to take a GCSE
                                                        alongside your advanced level study if there is a
                                                        specific need.

                                                        Foundation Level course
                                                        Xaverian has a specialised, Level 1 Foundation Course.
                                                        This is designed to improve students’ basic academic
                                                        and life skills, and to introduce them to vocational
                                                        studies. After the foundation course our students have
                                                        progressed to Level 2 and beyond or into employment.
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                                                                                                    STEM                 Social Sciences                 English
                                                                                                     Biology                Ancient History           English Language
     Advanced Level                                          Level 1 and 2 Courses
                                                                                                   Chemistry              Classical Civilisation      English Literature
     • Accounting               • Mathematics                                                        Physics                                          English Combined
                                                             Level 1 Foundation                                                Geography
     • Ancient History          • Mathematics - Statistics                                                                                               (Lang & Lit)
                                                                                                  Science BTEC                  History
                                                             Xaverian has a specialised,
     • Fine Art                 • Media Studies              Level 1 Foundation Course.                                           Law
                                                                                                  Mathematics                                       Modern Foreign
     • Biology                  • Music                      This is designed to improve                                       Psychology
                                                                                             Mathematics - Statistics
     • Business                 • Music Technology           students’ basic academic and                                                             Languages
                                                             life skills, and to introduce       Further Maths
     • Chemistry                • Photography                                                                              Philosophy, Ethics              French
                                                             them to vocational studies.
                                                                                               Computer Science              and Theology                 German
     • Classical Civilisation   • Physics
                                                             Level 2 Courses                       Information          Health & Social Care BTEC          Spanish
     • Computer Science         • Physical Education                                            Technology BTEC
     • Drama and Theatre        • Politics                   • GCSE English
     • Economics                • Psychology                 • GCSE Maths
     • English Combined         • Religious Studies          • GCSE Biology
       (Lang & Lit)             • Sociology                  • BTEC Health and Social Care
     • English Language         • Spanish                    • BTEC Business
     • English Literature       • Textiles                   • BTEC Information
     • Film Studies                                            Technology
     • French                   • BTEC Business
     • Further Mathematics      • BTEC Health and
     • Geography                  Social Care
     • German                   • BTEC Information
     • Graphic Communication      Technology

     • History (modern)         • BTEC Applied Science

     • Law                      • BTEC Sport

                                                                                                                                                     Business and
                                                                                               Art & Media                Performance
                                                                                                    Fine Art               Drama and Theatre
                                                                                             Graphic Communication               Music
                                                                                                  Photography              Music Technology
                                                                                                     Textiles              Physical Education
                                                                                                                                                       Business BTEC
                                                                                                                              Sport BTEC
                                                                                                  Film Studies                                           Economics
                                                                                                 Media Studies                                             Politics
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     Enrichment Explained
     At Xaverian, we believe in offering a range of activities and
     enrichment to students, to give you the chance to get involved
     in fantastic opportunities that are fun, interesting or educational,
     in order to give you a really fulfilling college experience.

     We know that Universities and employers will want to     Be an Ambassador for Xaverian
     know about your interests outside of the classroom,
     but more importantly, it is an opportunity for you to    Each year, many of our students show how much
     explore and expand your own interests, develop as a      they understand and appreciate the unique Xaverian
     person and make new friends along the way.               community by applying to become an Ambassador
                                                              for the college. You may meet these students on
                                                              Open Days or Taster Days, as they are there to help
     What can you do?
                                                              out and tell students and parents what it is really like
     Each year we have a broad range of enrichments and       to be a Xaverian student. They are always around to
     activities to choose from, and these are advertised at   chat and assist you at events, and you could be one
     our Activities and Enrichment Fair which takes place     of our next generation wearing the signature
     in the first few weeks of September. You can find        Xaverian blue.
     extensive information about our Drama, Music and
     Sport opportunities in the coming pages, but there
     are so many other things taking place throughout
     the year.

     Be Creative
     If you want to explore your creative side you can
     take part in one of our Art workshops, including
     Life Drawing and Art sessions for beginners.
     Aspiring writers can join the Creative Writing group,
     take part in Public Speaking or join the College
     Magazine. There are also a variety of Film groups
     that take advantage of Xaverian having its own
     Cinema room in Ward Hall.
                                                              And much more!
     Challenge Yourself                                       There are many more opportunities for our students
     As well as numerous subject extension groups             throughout their time at Xaverian, based on what
     that meet during our enrichment block, you can           you tell us you would like to take part in. This is on
     learn the Guitar, compete in the Investor Challenge      top of the numerous lectures, workshops, guest
     competition, be part of the Feminist Society,            speakers, trips and work experience that happen
     achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award,                each term. Explore the next pages for Drama, Music
     or take part in many of our volunteer and                and Sport, find details of our Lourdes pilgrimage and
     fundraising opportunities.                               voluntary work, see just some of the trips undertaken
                                                              recently and don’t forget to visit the Activities and
                                                              Enrichment Fair once you enrol!
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     Enrichment - Music                                                                                             “If you want to play music
                                                                                                                        Xaverian is the college
     Xaverian has a well-deserved reputation as the finest Sixth-Form Music                                                            for you.”
     department in Greater Manchester. The college offers great opportunities
     in Music, whether you choose to study it or not.                                                                                  Laurence Di Mauro,
                                                                                                                                  Parrs Wood High School
     The Music department boasts over 35 ensembles           Music staff and peripatetic instrumental/vocal staff
     including an outstanding orchestra with over 110        are all active professional musicians, enhancing the
     musicians and a fabulous choir of over 120 singers.     musical development and experience for all students
     Our extensive range of impressive chamber               at Xaverian College. There are currently 3 full-time
     ensembles include chamber orchestra, big band,          members of staff, 2 accompanists and over 20
     studio band, flute group, wind group, saxophone         instrumental/vocal staff.
     group, string group, brass band, jazz band, chamber
                                                             Around 80% of music students progress to H.E music
     choir, percussion ensemble, and many rock bands.
                                                             and music technology-based courses, 45% of which
     There is also enrichment provision for urban music
                                                             are given places at leading conservatoires with many
     and popular music.
                                                             on scholarships.
     The music and music technology facilities are second
     to none. They include 13 rehearsal rooms, 7 recording   Xaverian and the RNCM
     rooms, a studio, 2 computer suites (Mac & PC)
     with professional quality microphones and studio        Xaverian has long-standing links with
     equipment. Our music resources are among the best       Royal Northern College of Music.
     found in any Sixth-Form college.                        RNCM staff and students regularly come into Xaverian
     There are five major concerts, 6 recitals, a Young      College to run master classes and workshops on
     Musician of the Year Competition and a Young            how to perform, do
     Composer of the Year Competition each year.             interviews, how to
     Recent concerts have included performances at the       practice, and how to
     Macron Football Stadium, The RNCM,                      do auditions for music
     The Bridgwater hall, and at the Lowry Cinema for        college and university;
     the premiere of the last 2 Star Wars films.             this includes classical
                                                             and pop music courses.

                                                                                     Xaverian students recently
                                                                                    performed for the Duke and
                                                                                       Duchess of Cambridge at
                                                                                          the Football Museum
                                                                                                in Manchester.
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     Enrichment - Sport
                                                                                                                 Sport Enrichment
                                                                                                                 Xaverian is dedicated to delivering activities that our
                                                                                                                 students want to take part in. We do this by planning
                                                                                                                 our activities based on student feedback and organise
                                                                                                                 our programme around that. Each year we deliver
                                                                                                                 new activities from the ideas and interests of our
     Sport and exercise have a huge number of positive
                                                                                                                 students, our current programme for
     effects on a person, from their physical and mental
                                                                                                                 everyone includes:
     wellbeing, to helping to shape discipline, team-work,
     determination and provide enjoyment. At Xaverian                                                            •   Badminton             •   Basketball
     there are many opportunities to take part in a wide
     range of sporting activities, whether for competition,
                                                                                                                 •   Boxing                •   Circuit Training
     fitness or just for fun.                                                                                    •   Cricket               •   Cycling

                                                                                                                 •   Fitness Suite         •   Girls Football

                                                                                                                 •                         •
     Sport Teams
                                                              Student Profile: Abigail Griffith                      5-a- side Football        Kickboxing

                                                                                                                 •                         •
     Xaverian College has a long tradition of competing
     in sports both in the North West and nationally.         Although not studying P.E. or Sport, Abigail has       Parkour                   Running

                                                                                                                 •                         •
                                                              become part of our Sport Enrichment
     We have the following teams that represent the
                                                              programme after joining Xaverian from                  Rounders                  Softball
     college; all trials are held at the start of the
     academic year.
                                                              Failsworth School. Working around her studies,
                                                              she travelled to Newcastle to compete in the AoC   •   Swimming              •   Table Tennis
     •   Basketball - men’s and women’s teams                 National Championships, where she won the
                                                                                                                 •   Volleyball            •   Zumba
     •   Football - men’s and women’s team
                                                              tournament and became AoC Women’s Singles
                                                              Table Tennis National Champion.
     •   Netball - women’s team
     •   Rugby Union - men’s team

     There are also opportunities throughout the year to
     compete in both regional and national competitions
     in the following sports:

     •   Volleyball            •   Table Tennis
     •   Squash                •   Tennis
     •   Cross Country         •   Golf
     •   Badminton
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     Enrichment - Drama
     Xaverian has a long history of producing high-quality Drama productions.

     Every year, our casts are made up of current Drama
     students as well as those who are not studying Drama
     at A-level. It does not matter how much Drama
     experience you have, everyone is welcome to get
     involved in extra-curricular Drama productions
     through the Enrichment programme. Some of our
     performers have never even been in a play before.

     Over the last three years, we have performed
     productions of comedies such as The Importance of
     Being Earnest, Two and The 39 Steps alongside more
     political performances such as Animal Farm. We
     are also very proud to perform as part of the annual
     MANCEP Shakespeare Festival performing The                                                                           Laurence Brown,                  Rose Wilson,
     Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night to name but a                                                                     Lostock College            Loreto High School
     few. Our students have enjoyed these experiences so                                                                  is now studying BA Hons     is studying for a dual
     much they have gone on to script and perform their                                                                   in Dance and aspires to         honours degree in
     own productions at a variety of venues, including the                                                                work in a touring                 Theatre Studies
     Manchester Fringe Festival. All whilst still studying                                                                theatre company.                  and Psychology.
     for their A-levels!                                                                                                  “My advice to new             “My advice to new
                                                                                                                          students is to enjoy            Drama students
                                                                                                                          it and invest in                is just get into it!
                                                                                                                          it fully. Be open to                Don’t think it
                                                                                                                          new styles of theatre,           is easy though -
                                                             Mr Mitchell and Miss Cotter are subject specialists          experiment and explore.”       you have to work
                                                             with industry experience, and a track record of                                                    really hard!”
                                                             successfully supporting students through Drama
                                                             School auditions. As such, ex-Xaverian Drama
                                                             students currently work within theatre, television
                                                             and film, including for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4,
                                                             FilmFour, Sky, and with The National Theatre, the
                                                             RSC and many other theatre companies. Ex-students
                                                             are always welcome back to help nurture new talent,
                                                                                                                                                          Nasim Butt,
                                                             creating a Xaverian Drama network of contacts for
                                                                                                                                                     Burnage Academy
                                                             those who want to work in this field. Recently we were
                                                             proud to see ex-student Wunmi Mosaku win Best                                               “Drama this year
                                                             Supporting Actress at the 2017 BAFTA Awards.                                              has been insightful;
                                                                                                                                                             I have grown
                                                                                                                                                             as a person.”
                                                             From those who have never studied Drama, to those
                                                             looking for a career as an industry professional,
                                                             our team welcome you to take part in our extra-
                                                             curricular productions, projects, and a fantastically
                                                             enjoyable experience which will also cultivate skills of
                                                             communication, creative analysis and teamwork that
                                                             will prove invaluable for universities, employers and your
                                                             own personal development.
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     The Xaverian Community
                                                                                                                         Pilgrimage to Lourdes
                                                                                                                         Every summer, a group of staff and students travel
                                                                                                                         to the pilgrimage site of Lourdes in Southern
                                                                                                                         France, where we help to care for the sick, elderly
                                                                                                                         and disabled during their stay there. Our students
     We want all students to feel like they are part of a long tradition of                                              love the opportunity to provide this service, and
                                                                                                                         fundraising takes place throughout the year to help
     community, and each year they tell us that this is one of things that                                               them cover the cost of the trip.
     they enjoy most about Xaverian College.
                                                                                                                         Much more…
     As a Xaverian student, you will have the opportunity to become an active part in the many of the events             There are many more opportunities to contribute to
     that take place at the college throughout the year, but we also look outward to serve the local and wider           the Xaverian mission and wider communities, whether
     communities as well.                                                                                                collecting donations for the Cornerstone day centre
                                                                                                                         or Syrian refugees, Macmillan coffee mornings or the
                                                                                                                         Christmas Toy Appeal. We hope that you will take an
     The Chaplaincy                                                                                                      interest and get involved from September 2018.

     The Chapel of St Anne and the Chaplaincy Area                                                                       Community Day
     lie at the heart of the Xaverian Campus, and are
     available to accompany every Xaverian member on                                                                     After exams are over, one day is set aside for us to
     your spiritual journey. Xaverian is inclusive of all                                                                celebrate all the hard work that has taken place
     faiths and beliefs, and the Chaplaincy team also help                                                               inside and out of the classroom throughout the
     to facilitate activities that provide service to local,                                                             academic year. Students are given the day off
     national and international communities.
                                                                                                                         timetable and participate in a variety of events and
                                                                                                                         activities, coming together simply to enjoy the day
     Senior Citizens Christmas                                                                                           and have fun. This year’s event included a range of
     and Summer Parties                                                                                                  activities such as live music, Zumba, unicycling,
                                                                                                                         face-painting, a talent contest and a bouncy castle.
     Twice a year, we invite Senior Citizens from the
     local community to come in to college for one of our
     parties. Our students and staff wait on our guests,                                                                 Religious Education
     serve food and provide musical entertainment,
     general good company and conversation for the                                                                       All of our students get to take part in R.E. sessions.
     afternoon. They are always fantastic events, and                                                                    These are inspiring opportunities to debate and create
     prospective students should relish the opportunity                                                                  with your fellow students and teachers. Being able to
     to get involved!                                                                                                    share different ideas and beliefs is hugely important,
                                                                                                                         and this is an opportunity to do so in a safe and
                                                                                                                         stimulating environment, as well as taking a break
                                                                                                                         from your academic studies. There are no exams at
                                                                                                                         the end of this course.

                                                               The Congo Appeal
                                                               The Xaverian Brothers established a school in
                                                               Kasenga, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
                                                               providing primary and secondary education, as well
                                                               as out-reach to young people through youth ministry,
                                                               in a country blighted by violence and poverty.
                                                               Each year Xaverian students undertake a range of
                                                               fundraising activities to support this school, and help
                                                               keep it running.
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     Outside the classroom                                                                                              Politics students visit
                                                                                                                        Houses of Parliament

     At Xaverian we believe that learning goes beyond the classroom.
     Where possible, we encourage all students to attend trips and events that support their studies and enrich their
     College experience. Over 150 trips took place last year with many more planned for this academic year.

                                                                 German trip
                                                                 to Frankfurt

                                                                                                                        Law & Psychology trip     Biology trip to Valencia
                                                                                                                        to New York

      Geography field trip, Lake District

       Music concert at the Royal Northern
       College of Music

                                                                     Geography trip to Barcelona
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     What our students say                                                                       “I like the community aspect of Xaverian.
                                                                                                 Teachers treat students with much more
                                                                                                 respect and they give you more control over
                                                                                                 your own work. I also like the availability of
                                                                                                 support given and my teachers are motivated
                                                                                                 and always ready to teach even outside of
                                                                                                 college hours and always respond quickly to
                                                                                                 my emails and questions. I was shocked by the
     “Great community atmosphere and plenty of       “My favourite thing about Xaverian is the   teachers’ faith in their students and their belief
     areas for potential development as a person     friends that I’ve made and the change       that you can always achieve more.”
     and academically. The standards here are high   in environment, there is much more of a
     with much more expected out of your learning.
                                                                                                 Ellie Holt,
                                                     feeling of community and maturity.”
     The college helps to push students to reach a                                               Glossopdale Community College
     higher grade.”                                  Dias Morgan,
                                                     Wright Robinson Sports College
     Cameron Devaney,
     The Barlow RC High School

                                                                                                 “If you want to enjoy your 2 years of                “Xaverian is a lot more like a
                                                                                                 college and learn amazing things that                university than a school or college!”
                                                                                                 will give you a bright future, then
                                                                                                 Xaverian is the place for you!”                      Alex Walton,
                                                                                                                                                      Priestnall High School
                                                                                                 Hadia Rasool Naheed,
                                                                                                 Levenshulme High School

     “The best college in Greater Manchester!
     It’s so much fun and you get a lot out of
     it. It is so much more focused on making a
     well-rounded young adult and on pastoral
     care than other colleges. The campus is
     amazing and really beautiful.”
     Cecily O’Sullivan,
     Canon Slade School
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     Campus Map                                                                                                                                                    A Campus
                                                                                                                                                                   in History
                                                                                                                                                                   The Xaverian brothers began
                                                                                                                                                                   teaching in Manchester in 1862,
                                                                                                                                                                   having founded their order
                                                                                                                                                                   in Belgium.

                                                                                                                                                                   Our current Firwood building had been built in 1871
                                                                                                                                                                   by Alfred Waterhouse, and the brothers purchased
                                                                                                                                                                   and renovated it to become a school building, which
                                                                                                                                                                   was blessed and opened in 1907 as Xaverian College,
                                                                                                                                                                   a school for boys. Sunbury house was purchased
                                                                                                                                                                   in 1908, while Marylands (and the lawns) followed
                                                                                                                                                                   in 1931, and Ward Hall was acquired in 1949 as the
                                                                                                                                                                   school grew and flourished. Under the leadership of
                                                                                                                                                                   Brother Cyril, a Sixth-Form block was opened in 1965,
                                                                                                                                                                   which is now known as Xavier, our centre for science.

                                                                                                             1977 was a year of huge change for the college,
                                                                                                             as Xaverian moved from being a boys’ grammar
                                                                                                             school, to a Sixth Form College for both males
                                                                                                             and females. Further modernisation and building
                                                                                                             work has taken place in recent years, including the
                                                                                                             Ryken building in 2002, Mayfield in 2005, and the
                                                                                                             new Ward Hall extensions in 2014 and 2017.

     Ward Hall & Annex       Sunbury                     Computer Science            Café X
     Fine Art                Theology                    Economics                   Costa
     Film Studies                                        Geography                   Learning Support
     Graphic Communication   Marylands                   Business Politics           Learning Skills Suite
                                                                                                                                                                   Our current students and visitors are enchanted by
     Media Studies           English Language            Health & Social Care BTEC   Tutor Bases                                                                   the campus, and the history that resonates amongst
     Photography             English Literature          History
                             English Lang/Lit Combined                               Ryken                                                                         the listed buildings. Major building works and
     Textiles                                            Law
                             French                      Psychology                  Foundation Studies                                                            refurbishments may have transformed the campus,
     New Annex               German                      Sociology                   Library                                                                       but have still maintained the essential character of
     Mathematics             Spanish                                                 Ryken Study Suite
     Further Maths                                       Firwood                     Careers                                                                       the site. This has ensured that Xaverian remains an
     Xavier                  Accounting
                                                         Theology & Philosophy                                                                                     outstanding college featuring first-class facilities
     Biology                 Ancient History             Reception                                                                                                 provided for the students of Greater Manchester,
     Chemistry               Business Studies            Student Services                                                                                          and a unique atmosphere in the heart of the city.
     Physics                 Business BTEC               Chapel
     Applied Science BTEC    Classical Civilisation      Chaplaincy
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     Getting to College
                                                                                                                                      Our students tell us that they love being within
                                                                                                                                      walking distance to Manchester city centre –

                                                                 Bolton                                                               it means that there are numerous fantastic cultural
                                                                                      Bury                   M62                      and educational opportunities right on our doorstep.
                                                                                                4                                     From theatres to music venues, museums and
                                                                                                    18                                libraries, shops and eateries – the variety is endless
     Xaverian is based in Victoria Park, just South of the                             17                       Oldham
                                                                                                                                      and many world-renowned locations are just round
                                                                            1 15
     City Centre in Manchester.
                                                                                                              M60         Ashton-
                                                                                                                        Under- Lyne   the corner.

                                                                            M602 2                                                       From the City Centre there are numerous
                                                                           11                                                             buses, in particular all those in the 40s
                                                               M62           10
                                                                                  Salford                                 24 M67
                                                                                                                                      to Wilmslow Road to Anson Road               to Moss
                                                                                                                         M60          			                                          Lane East

                                                                                                                                       41, 42, 42A, 42B,      50, 130              15, 53, 111
                                                                                                                                       43, 142, 143

                                                                     8       M56            6
                                                                                                                                      Full details and timetables available at

                                                             Address:                                                                 Nearest stops to College:
                                                                                                                                      • Wilmslow Road,
                                                             Xaverian College,                                                        • Moss Lane East (by Whitworth Park),
                                                             Lower Park Road                                                          • Anson Road (leading to Upper Brook Street and
                                                                                                                                         Birchfields Road)
                                                             Manchester M14 5RB
                                                                                                                                      The Oxford Road bus route, adjacent to Xaverian,
                                                                                                                                      is one of the busiest bus routes in Europe. This is one
                                                                                                                                      reason why students find it so easy to get to us from
                                                                                                                                      all across Greater Manchester.
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 Where we are
                                                              6    Manchester
                                11       6
                                                                   Central Library
     Xaverian College   1   2
                                     3       9

                                                              7    Piccadilly Station
     Bridgewater Hall   2

                                                              8    Royal Exchange
      Royal Northern    3                                          Theatre
     College of Music

                                5                             9    Manchester
                                                                   Aquatic Centre
      Whitworth Park    4

      and Art Gallery                                 1

                                                              10   University of
      Wilmslow Road     5

      - shops & cafés
                                                              11   Oxford Road
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     Community Day 2018
     After exams are over, one day is set aside for us to come together and celebrate
     all the hard work that has taken place inside and out of the classroom throughout
     the academic year.
Applying to Xaverian

             September 2018                                                     October 2018
             We will visit schools with a          1                            Come to our Open Days
             presentation about Xaverian                                        on Saturday 6th and
             and you will be able to see us                                     Sunday 14th to find out
             at careers events and Parents                                      about subjects, meet
             Evenings. Prospectus and                                           students, and experience
             application forms are available.      2                            our unique atmosphere.

             November 2018
             Our November Taster Days are          3
             an opportunity to come along                                       January 2019
             and have a trial day at Xaverian,
                                                                                The deadline for
             having lessons in subjects you
                                                                                applications is Friday
             are interested in and seeing what
                                                                                19th January. Course
             Xaverian is like for a student.
                                                                                Consultations run
             Pre-registration required –
             contact the college for details.
                                                   4                            between now and March

             March 2019                                                         June/July 2019
             You should have received a decision   5                            After exams are over, come
             from the College and had a Course                                  to a New Students’ Day -
             Consultation if successful.                                        try your favoured subjects
                                                                                and really get a feel for
                                                                                what life will be like for you
                                                   6                            as a Xaverian student.

                                                                               August 2019
                                                   7                           We will send you an
                                                                               enrolment appointment for
                                                                               after GCSE results day, and
                                                                               further information about
                                                                               starting at College.

Lower Park Road
Manchester M14 5RB
Telephone: 0161 224 1781
Email:                   All information in this prospectus is believed to be correct at the time of publication,
                                                   but it should not be assumed that arrangements or conditions will not be modified if                                 the need arises. ©Xaverian College 2018
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