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Network of Hope

The Network of Hope is a partnership between Liverpool Hope University and church sixth-form colleges sharing the same mission in the North West. The aim of the Network is to offer higher education courses to communities which would otherwise not have such a provision.

Holy Cross College, Bury

Holy Cross College is a mixed Catholic sixth form college founded in 1878. The college has a good reputation for academic excellence and pastoral care. This was confirmed by the recent Chief Inspector’s report, which praised the college for having an outstanding Inspection Report, and rated Holy Cross as one of the top 20 colleges in the country. Holy Cross has a first-class library with learning support areas and a modern IT centre. The library and computer workshops are open for all students during the day and on four evenings each week. The facilities are increasingly used by students of all ages. The library team works closely with the Liverpool Hope library enabling access to books held in Liverpool in addition to those normally held in Bury.

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St Mary’s College, Blackburn

St Mary’s College is a Catholic sixth-form college operating under the trusteeship of the Marist Fathers. The college seeks to provide a challenging, high-quality education whereby all members of the college community can grow as balanced individuals, morally, intellectually and spiritually. St Mary’s is a relatively small college which prides itself in being able to give each student individual attention in a caring community.

The library is the principal resource centre of the college, offering materials of all kinds to support research and learning. St Mary’s library team works closely with the Liverpool Hope learning resources team, enabling access to books held in Liverpool in addition to those normally held in Blackburn. A new building, The Hope Zone, built in collaboration with Liverpool Hope, provides specialist facilities for IT, computing and media studies as well as providing accommodation for video conferencing.

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Carmel College

Carmel College is a Catholic 6th Form College that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. It is committed to developing a community of mutual respect, where personal qualities are highly valued, and each student has the opportunity to reach their absolute potential. The College has a comprehensive programme of support and personal development for every student to ensure their individual needs are met.

Over the years, Carmel College has gone from strength to strength and has gained a national reputation for quality. The last Ofsted inspection rated Carmel as "Outstanding in all aspects of its provision." Carmel College has achieved outstanding academic results for many years and continues to provide excellence in teaching and learning in order to maintain these high standards. The college is rated in the top 10% of over 2,000 schools and colleges nationally.

In recent years over £23M of investment has transformed Carmel's campus into a truly inspiring place of learning providing technology rich facilities for generations to come. 

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For full details about becoming a student at any of the above colleges, please read our Network of Hope Student Guide to Regulations and Policies 2018/19 document.