The Manchester College is the number one provider of 16-19 adult education in Greater Manchester, with campuses dotted around the city serving diverse local communities. It is part of LTE group, which was formed in 2015 as a response to the evolving challenges facing the education sector. With the combined strengths of several organisations, the Group is the biggest social enterprise of its kind.
As well as the core college, LTE group consists of MOL, a flexible learning provider with more than three decades of experience in the industry, Novus, the UK’s largest provider of education and training to prisoners and ex-offenders, and Macclesfield-based Total People, an apprenticeships provider which joined the Group in 2017, replacing the college’s old apprenticeships unit.
The roots of the college can be traced back two centuries, to the start of Sunday school education at St. John’s Sunday School in Manchester. By the 1950s, it was leading the way in technical education, with hundreds of post office workers and civil servants attending. To meet the needs of the industry, St John’s merged with Openshaw Technical College to establish The Central College Manchester, which later became The Manchester College of Arts (MANCAT).
Elsewhere Arden, Fielden Park, and Wythenshawe amalgamated to form City College Manchester. In 2008, MANCAT and City College Manchester joined forces to create The Manchester College we see today. The expansion and investment in local communities has continued ever since, and new Centres of Excellence, complemented by new campuses, have also been introduced. This has significantly improved the kind of teaching and training offered to students. The Centre of Excellence for Medical Sciences offers adult Access to Higher Education courses, with the aim of closing regional higher-level skills gaps and set the tone for further centres in the health sector.
The college’s size, scope and spread across the region allows it to sit in the heart of Greater Manchester and be a leading voice on the important local issues, particularly those related to the devolution of skills and reshaping of further education.
Notable alumni include Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster in iconic ITV soap Coronation Street, and Chelsee Healey, who shot to prominence for her breakout performance as Janeece Bryant in BBC drama Waterloo Road.
Brooke has returned to the college on more than one occasion, most recently to visit students opening their A-Level results and offer them advice about their future plans. Chelsee, meanwhile, has starred in shows including Casualty, Hollyoaks, and most memorably of all, Strictly Come Dancing, in which she became the first ever contestant to receive a 40 out of 40 for her Paso Doble routine.
The following week, the college’s 16-18 year-old students earned a 25% increase in English 9-1 passes – the first set of results since the format of exam results changed from the old A* - E style. There was a 14% rise in the number of high English grades at 9-4, for all students.
The college’s overall pass rate increased to 96% and by 8% for high grades. A total of 98% of students who sat English GCSE exams passed, and the Maths pass rate went up by 2% to 94.2%.
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