Achievement and standards are outstanding. Many learners enter the college with low or average prior attainment levels. Overall success rates at level 3, which covers the vast majority of learners, have remained above the average for sixth form colleges for the last four years.
Success rates in 2005/06 for level 1 courses were above the national average and have improved by 8% in 2006/07. For learners on level 2 courses, success rates have consistently improved over the last four years to around the national average. 10.
Progress on GCE AS level and A level courses is excellent; learners' achieve much better grades than might be predi...cted from their GCSE results. Progress at GCE A level as measured by the advanced level performance system (ALPS) is consistently outstanding and excellent in many subject areas. In 2006/07, outstanding or excellent value-added was recorded on 17 courses at GCE A level.
Learners make excellent progress with 86% of leavers in 2007 progressing to higher education, of whom nearly two thirds were from areas of deprivation. The college's analysis of performance by different groups of learners correctly identifies that all groups achieve well. 11.
Pass rates in GCSE English and mathematics are excellent, with 95% of learners achieving A to C grades in English and 86% in mathematics. Overall success rates at level 2 have improved to around the national average. Achievement rates on level 2 courses are high at 99%.
The college recognises that retention rates on level 2 courses, although demonstrating some improvement, have not kept pace with the improvement in pass rates. 12. Learners' spiritual and moral development is outstanding.
Attendance is very good at 93% and it is monitored rigorously. Standards of students' work seen in sessions are good. Learners receiving additional learning support make good progress.
Quality of provision Outstanding: Grade 1 13. The quality of teaching and learning is good. The college is committed to continuously improving the quality of teaching and learning.
The process for observation of lessons is good. Observations are regular and detailed. Teachers receive useful feedback on their performance.
However, insufficient use is made of the outcomes of the observation process to prepare individual teacher's development plans or fully inform the cross-college staff development programme. 14. Teachers have high levels of subject expertise, and are enthusiastic.
Learners benefit from well planned lessons and a wide range of learning activities that ensure they are involved actively in lessons. The college has developed a highly effective VLE, and staff and students routinely use these
Description of the provider
1. Xaverian College is an open-access inner city Roman Catholic sixth form college established in 1977 as part of the Catholic re-organisation of its secondary education in Manchester.
A new principal was appointed in September 2007. The college is two miles south of the city centre in Rusholme in the diocese of Salford. It has 1,577 students, of whom 70% are from Manchester with a further 29% from Greater Manchester.
Significant numbers of students enter the college with a lower than average points score. The college offers a broad range of courses at levels 1, 2 and 3. It offers 38 GCE A level subjects, and BTEC national and applied A levels in seven curriculum areas for 86% of its learners.
The college also offers level 4 foundation courses in pre-medical and biological sciences. The student cohort is almost entirely full-time aged 16 to 19. 2.
The college's values are articulated through the mission of the college; “to commend to students a way of life which is rooted in the love of God and our neighbour through excellent education and example”. It has a distinctive ethos which underpins all of its work. The college has links with several Manchester high schools in the local area, particularly the six local Catholic high schools.
Students come to the college from 58 schools. 3. The city of Manchester is made up of 33 wards of which 27 are among the most deprived 10% nationally.
The college draws from a diverse community, and 64% of its learners are from disadvantaged areas. Some 39% of learners identified themselves as belonging to a minority ethnic group in 2007/08. The minority ethnic population is concentrated in the wards of Ardwick, Hulme, Rusholme and Whalley Range where the ethnic minority population is 30% -40%, which reflects that of the college population.