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Network of Hope

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

St John Rigby College, Wigan

We are excited to announce that St John Rigby College is the latest college to join the Network of Hope. The Catholic sixth form has a continued A Level pass rate of over 99 per cent – which is above the national average – and was described as outstanding in every respect in a 2017 Ofsted report.

St John Rigby students undertaking a Foundation Year at the College, continue their studies in subsequent years at Hope's Creative Campus, which houses the University's School of Creative and Performing Arts. The newly transformed Campus is home to one of only a handful of All-Steinway Music Schools in the UK and boasts state-of-the-art facilities. These include a brand new Arts Centre, a Graphic Design studio, a Fabrication Lab, two theatres, two dance studios and two black box performance spaces. The School and campus provide an inspiring environment for study of the Creative and Performing Arts.  

More information on the list of degrees on offer will be released shortly. Find out more about St John Rigby College.

Holy Cross College, Bury

Holy Cross 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.

For more information and a list of degrees on offer, visit the Holy Cross website.

St Mary’s College, Blackburn

St Mary’s 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.

For more information and a list of degrees on offer, view the Provision at Provision at St. Mary's College document (PDF) and visit the St Mary's website.

Carmel College, St Helens

Carmel College 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.

For more information and a list of degrees on offer, visit the Carmel College website

Spurgeon's College, London 

Spurgeon’s College is a higher education college located in South Norwood, in the London Borough of Croydon. Originally founded in 1856 as The Pastors' College by Charles H Spurgeon it has a rich heritage of providing academic excellence whilst offering strong pastoral care for its students.

The College is committed to assisting every student in reaching their full potential and in promoting the general wellbeing of all members of its student community. It seeks to provide a creative learning environment allowing every student to develop academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

It has a diverse community of around 500 - 600 students, of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. The College’s campus is situated within 6 acres of wooded grounds with nearby transport links for fast access to central London and the surrounding counties.

For more information and a list of degrees on offer please visit Network of Hope at Spurgeon’s College.