Welcome from the Principal

At Loreto, we are committed to enabling you to develop academically, spiritually and personally during your time with us and to get you ready for your next stage of your life whether it is university, apprenticeship, or employment. We have an excellent team of staff who are experts in sixth form education and will support and challenge you to achieve your very best and prepare you for the future. Choosing your college is a big decision;  our website and prospectus aims to guide you through the options so that in the important transition to foundation, intermediate or advanced level study you find the right college and course for you. We encourage you to take time to explore the range of options available to you at Loreto. Be curious, research and ask questions. Visit our website and courses pages where you will find more information about the superb facilities and campus and your subject areas of interest. We look forward to meeting you and to enabling you to get a sense of the values which underpin our ethos: Excellence, Freedom, Joy, Sincerity, Truth, Justice and Internationality.

Mission statement

Loreto College is centred in God, rooted in Christ and animated by the spirit of Mary Ward, the founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our vision is that it will be an educational community where each person has the experience of being loved and valued as a sacred individual created by a loving God; a community where students enjoy an enriching and liberating education that helps them grow into the fullness of life and empowers them to be men and women of courage who are alive to the needs of humanity and committed to making a better world. 

What does this mean for me as a Loreto student?

It means that we believe that our students are precious and important, and we seek to give you the best education, so you will be able to develop all aspects of your person, including your spiritual side.

We welcome students of all faiths and of no faith at all and we’re all united by the College’s values of Sincerity, Justice, Truth, Freedom, Excellence, Internationality and joy.  These values proudly underpin everything we do at Loreto .

All of our students take part in a general RE programme, which provides a weekly opportunity to look at important themes in religion, spirituality and social justice.  This means that you will have time to discuss your ideas and listen to the ideas of others.  Understanding religion and why it is important to so many people is an important skill for the future.

“RE lessons showed me a new side to the world I’m living in”

Loreto College also has a chaplaincy.  Chaplaincy is one of the ways that we support our students.  We have a College Chaplain and a chaplaincy room, which is a welcoming space that students can use to relax a bit, do some quiet work and meet others.  Click here for more on chaplaincy.

We also have dedicated prayer space for students.

As a Catholic College, we think it’s important to enable our students to help others, so with that in mind we have various groups, which explore social justice and there are opportunities across the year to engage with charitable and voluntary activities.


As a Loreto student, you will receive outstanding support, whether aspiring to an Oxbridge place or resitting a GCSE course. Our Hall based tutor system provides a solid network of information, advice and guidance at every level ably assisted by our support staff, counsellors and career service.


In joining our college in September, you will become part of a long established academic community. Though our buildings and facilities are modern and up-to-date, we have been educating generations of Manchester students since 1851. Not only that, you will become part of a worldwide Loreto community, a member of an international network of schools and colleges spanning the globe. Loreto students join a community widely recognised for its excellence. Loreto has the rare distinction of being a Queen’s Anniversary Prize winner which the Principal received on behalf of the college at Buckingham Palace. Loreto has Beacon and Leading Edge Status, is recognised as outstanding in league table positions and year-on-year academic results.


Living and learning at Loreto College is a wonderful experience in itself. It is also an excellent preparation for progression to higher education. The intensive help and thorough guidance that Loreto students receive in the process of application to university and further study is outstanding. Loreto students aspire to and achieve places in the highest seats of learning in the country.


In becoming a Loreto student, you will be joining a highly successful, high achieving academic community. Our most recent Ofsted inspection stated that we were: “Outstanding in every respect”. Her Majesty’s Inspectors recognised that: ‘The College is imbued at every level with a culture of high aspirations and expectations’ [Ofsted]. Loreto’s excellence has been recognised in its designation as a National Teaching School by the Department for Education.


Come and look at us; you will agree that the facilities are excellent. They include three student cafeterias, IT access in all classrooms for student use, a multi-media learning resource centre and a new sports centre. Ellis and Kennedy is a £20M performing arts building, housing its own music recording studios, editing suites, media production space, television studio, in-house cinema, dance studio, industry standard theatre and drop-in Apple Mac IT Suite.

Our latest teaching block, St. Joseph’s, opened in September 2014


Loreto’s enrichment programme will enable you to widen your college experience with a wide range of activities. Join one of our immensely successful competitive sports teams or just play for fun. Our choirs and music ensembles perform through the year. The annual college musical before Christmas and the summer play, in addition to numerous other opportunities, really showcase our students’ talents.

Our 2021 exam highlights

Loreto students once again have been celebrating successes in their A level and BTEC results.

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  • 99.6%

    An excellent pass rate of 99.6%

  • 1630

    A*-A grades awarded

  • 98%

    A*-B grades on the Extended Project Qualification