The College’s history in Bury stretches back almost 150 years, when the Daughters of the Cross of Liège founded a small private school that grew initially to become a girls’ grammar school but subsequently became a mixed sixth form college in 1978. Around 2,000 sixth form students now attend the College and approximately 500 undergraduates study at our University Centre.
The College’s academic reputation is excellent. We are sixth in the country amongst Sixth Form Colleges for successful university entry, and currently, 26 of our students are studying at Oxford and Cambridge Universities while 76 are presently studying Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Entry to Russell Group and other prestigious institutions has been exceptionally high.
Our strategic aims include:
- to provide a high quality of education;
- to be a welcoming community based on Gospel values;
- to encourage each person to develop as an individual.
The 2019 exam results show:
- An overall pass rate of 98% at A Level
- 79 students achieved at least three A*/A grades.
- 34 students achieved at least four A*/A grades.
- Four students achieved four A*/A grades at A Level.
- 100% pass rate, with 100% high grades, in Applied Science BTEC Triple Award Extended Diploma.
- 100% pass rate across all two-year Level 3 BTEC subjects.
- 19 students achieved at least three Dist*/Dist grades (equivalent to three A*/A grades at A level).
- 56 students achieved at least three Dist*/Dist/Merit grades (or equivalent).
- Overall, 33 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.
Our College site offers state of the art facilities that have benefited from recent investment and ongoing care and maintenance. The campus is a real blend of the historic and modern. Our reception and student café offers students a modern and relaxing environment to socialise and relax, as well as having access to a number of study spaces. Our College Chapel (complete with stained glass and a historic altar) offers a much more reflective and peaceful environment. Our outstanding Art and Design department benefits from extensive working and display spaces. The College’s Performing Arts department houses a new high quality dance studio and we also host the largest hall in the Borough, with comfortable theatre style seating. The Mary Kelly building houses our university-standard library, and an extensive study space and meeting rooms.