17 Oxbridge offers:

This year 17 Loreto College students have had their places confirmed by the top two universities in the world: University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. Students will be reading a range of subjects including Medicine, Maths, History, Law, Geography and Philosophy. This mean there are now 63 Loreto students currently studying at Oxbridge!


The successful students come to Loreto from a variety of non-selective, state inner-city high schools from across the region, including  Salford, Stockport, Oldham, and Manchester. (Some of the 17 students pictured left)


Those with Oxbridge potential are identified by GCSE results and academic performance once they arrive. They are then offered a bespoke programme designed to develop students’ debating and thinking skills, whilst providing insight into, and knowledge of, the application process. It includes presentations from university staff, a competitive university conference and a number of practice interviews. An in-house team of specialist teachers has years of experience in guiding applicants successfully. Academics from both universities regularly visit Loreto and deliver a range of sessions including subject specific classes and application seminars. They aim to make sure that the students are suited to the demands of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge (ranked 1st and 2nd in the Times Higher Education World rankings) and will thrive in the demanding academic environment.

Loreto College is the North West lead of the Cambridge University HE Plus Hub. This initiative is designed to challenge academically the brightest young people in our inner cities, to raise aspirations and encourage applications to very selective universities. Each year over two hundred students from Loreto and other partner schools and colleges take part in a range of academic extension classes, degree level masterclasses and visits, which develop and challenge them throughout the year.

Michael Jaffrain, Principal,  said:”I am incredibly proud of the tenacity and energy of our students. They each applied for a fiercely competitive course at a highly selective university and they have been chosen to take up their place at some of the most well respected universities, not only in the UK, but in the world. I am certain that each student will flourish in their chosen institutions and I wish them all the very best.”