- 21/21 Years top of the league tables
- Highest A level grades of any Manchester College
- Top of the league tables for A Level Grades
- Over two decades of outstanding results
Twenty Sociology students visited London for three days and two nights during the summer term and it was such a resounding success that we are already planning for 2016! We kicked off our visit with an afternoon at the London Dungeons, which students laughed (and screamed) their way around. Emotions continued to run high but turned to tears after our theatre trip that evening. Les Miserables was a hit with all the students, a number of whom were visibly moved by the talent and the storyline. As sociologists we are always interested in how society changes over time, and so a look back through history at the Tower of London was brilliant for all lower sixth sociologists.
This year, the Drama Department has built excellent links with LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), a specialist higher education institution for the performing arts.
Four A2 Physics students have been awarded Silver CREST Awards by the British Science Association. This highly regarded award recognises over thirty hours’ work the Loreto students have each contributed to science communication. The Science Communication Scheme is a programme devised and promoted by the Ogden Trust, with which the college has a close association. Mrs Grzegorzewski, Physics teacher and Ogden teacher fellow, organised the programme at Loreto for the first time from September 2014 to May 2015.
External debating competitions
Debating Matters This was held in November and was our seventh year in the competition. We hosted the event once more, welcoming staff, students and parents from Withington Girls School, Winstanley College and Eccles Sixth Form College; the panel of judges for the event comprised local academics and business people. The evening was hosted by Paul Thomas from the Institute of Ideas.
Debate Club Loreto’s most popular and well-supported extra-curricular society, Debate Club has had an extraordinarily busy and successful year. Having long since moved out of a classroom in order to cope with the numbers of students wanting to be involved, Debate Club’s new home is Ball Theatre. Every Tuesday lunchtime, throughout the year, students fill the theatre to watch and take part in the debates. A comprehensive range of topics has been covered this year, including the effect of TV talent shows on the arts, the merits or otherwise of liberalising drugs policy, and the role of government in promoting healthy lifestyles. Topical political issues have been very much to the fore, with passionate debates on the Scottish referendum, fracking, inheritance tax, banning extremist religious groups from universities, lowering the voting age to 16, the morality of tax avoidance and, of course, the question of whether or not the UK should leave the European Union.