Lower sixth students have been involved in a number of preparatory activities designed to get them off to a flying start when they recommence their courses in September. In addition to subject based work, they have been guided through the initial stages of the UCAS application process, and Friday June 21st saw the new look HE day, now re-branded as Progression Day, in order to reflect the increasingly diverse range of options open to our students as they move on from Loreto.

This huge and complex logistical exercise, organised with military precision by Lois Scholes and her team, saw over 1500 hundred students leaving the site and heading for university open days and other higher education and post 18 based events. A fleet of coaches headed for Liverpool, others set off for Huddersfield or Oxford, whilst hundreds of students made their own way to Manchester to form supervised groups looking at the various university options that our city has to offer. An enthusiastic band rendezvoused at UKFast in Hulme, where they were excited to hear of some of the apprenticeship opportunities available right on our doorstep, this message being delivered by a number of ex-Loreto students who are employed at the company. Indeed, it was a feature of Progression Day generally, that students and apprentices with a Loreto connection kept appearing, including a third year medical student at Manchester University; this can only serve to inform and inspire our students further, as they continue to plan and prepare for next year and beyond.