St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool

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St. Francis Xavier's College
St. Francis Xavier's College Crest.gif

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L25 6EG

Coordinates53°22′58″N 2°52′49″W / 53.382662°N 2.880281°W / 53.382662; -2.880281Coordinates: 53°22′58″N 2°52′49″W / 53.382662°N 2.880281°W / 53.382662; -2.880281
Motto" in all its fullness." Jn 10:10
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedOctober 27, 1842; 179 years ago (1842-10-27)
FounderSociety of Jesus
Local authorityLiverpool City Council
SpecialistMathematics and Computing College
Department for Education URN138463 Tables
ChairAndrew Keeley[2]
HeadteacherDavid Hayes
GenderBoys, Coeducational in the 6th form
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Year 7-11
Maroon & Blue    
Year 12-13
Black & Blue    
PublicationSFX Extra and Prospectus

St Francis Xavier's College is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Woolton, Liverpool, England. Year 7 to Year 11 are male only, whereas the Sixth Form (years 12 and 13) are coeducational.

The college is under the trusteeship of the Brothers of Christian Instruction. Their mission is that of their founder, Jean Marie de la Mennais, "To make Jesus better known and loved".

The school is a specialist school for mathematics and computing, and was the first school in Liverpool to gain specialist school status in that category.

Origins and history[edit]

The college was founded in 1842 in association with Stonyhurst College, Lancashire by the Society of Jesus which is a Roman Catholic religious order.[3]

1842–1843: Soho Street[edit]

The college had a rector from 1842 to 1844. It had two pupils.[4]

1843–1845: St. Anne Street[edit]

A year later, it had a dozen pupils. Father Francis Lythgoe moved the college to St. Anne Street where it stayed until 1845.[4]

1846–1877: Salisbury Street[edit]

In 1844 Father Johnson took over from Father Francis Lythgoe and moved his 24 pupils to the newly opened Presbytery on Salisbury Street. Father Collyns took over the college in 1853.

With more than 50 pupils the rector Father Collyns decided that a new premises was needed. By 1856 the college had its own building built alongside the Presbytery and in 1877 a new college was built on 6 Salisbury Street.[5]

Second college building[edit]

The newest Salisbury Street building was designed by Henry Clutton, a Catholic architect. He used the designs of Father Vaughan as the bases of his designs. The new college was completed in the summer of 1877 and cost £30,000.[5]

Move to Woolton[edit]

In 1961 the college was transferred as a grammar school to its present twenty-six-acre site at High Lee, Woolton. From 1984 to 1990 the Lower School site for Years 7, 8 and 9 was located on Queens Drive (Formerly Cardinal Newman RC) in Wavertree L15. Later, the Lower School was re-sited with the Upper School at High Lee. In 1990, the college opted out of local authority control, becoming a grant-maintained school. The college was granted Technology College status from April 1996. In September 1999 it became a Foundation School. In 1992, the college became co-educational in the sixth form and in September 2000 the De La Mennais Sixth Form Centre was opened.

School choir[edit]

The choir was formed in 1994 and has performed in front of Pope John Paul II. They have toured Europe and the United States, and gained a place in the Guinness Book of Records for singing at every cathedral in England and Wales.[6]

The school sang on the reworked version of The Farm's 1990 hit "Alltogethernow", remixed by BBC Radio 1's DJ Spoony. The single, which reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart, was the official song for the England football team at the UEFA Euro 2004 competition. It was performed by the choir on Top of the Pops in 2004.[7]

Head Teachers[edit]

D Hayes 2021 Present
P Evans / C Flaherty 2020 2021
P Halliwell 2019 2020
P Ferguson / K Maddocks 2019 2019
D Yates 2018 2019
G Flowers 2016 2018
L D Rippon 2004 2016
Brother Francis Patterson 1979 2004
Brother Robert Power 1974 1979
Father Doyle 1962 1974
Father Edward James Warner 1953 1961
Father Neylan 1939 1953
Father Brinkworth 1937 1938
Father Woodlock 1919 1937
Father J. Sponson 1902 1919
Father Thomas Poter 1870 1902
Father Collyns 1853 1870
Father West 1851 1853
Father Johnson 1844 1853
Father Francis Lythgoe 1842 1844

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Contact Us". St Francis Xavier's College. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  3. ^ "College History". St. Francis Xavier’s College. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  4. ^ a b Heery, Pat; Bewley, Bill (2002). "Chapter 2: The College Premises". The History of St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool 1842–2001. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-9535782-1-4. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b Heery, Pat (2002). "Chapter 2: The College Premises". The History of St. Francis Xavier's College Liverpool 1842 - 2001. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-9535782-1-4. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Liverpool choir's Number One goal". Liverpool City Council. May 2004. Archived from the original on 28 June 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Gold disc for Euro anthem choir". BBC. June 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2009.
  8. ^ "The History of Everton Football Club - Dr James Baxter". 7 December 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
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  10. ^ "Piaras Béaslaí: the writer who became a rebel". 9 August 2020 – via {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ "Charles Brabin - Bio". 26 August 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  12. ^ "The Merseyside Roots of Elvis Costello - Merseysider MagazineMerseysider Magazine".
  13. ^ Gabriel Coury from Catholic Herald Archived October 16, 2009, at the Portuguese Web Archive
  14. ^ Grange Hill back for Series no. 27 from Liverpool Echo, 2 February 2004, retrieved 18 December 2014
  15. ^ Sammy Lee Archived 2009-04-06 at the Wayback Machine from, retrieved 18 December 2014
  16. ^ Rampton, James (30 November 1996). "Profile: Jimmy McGovern: TRUTH WILL OUT". The Independent. London. Retrieved 24 May 2010.[dead link]
  17. ^ Students looking to Ferry elite cup across the Mersey from Liverpool Echo, 14 May 2003, retrieved 18 December 2014
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  19. ^ "Peter Serafinowicz". The Sunday Telegraph. September 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2009.[dead link]
  20. ^ Lamb, Andrew. "Barrett, Thomas Augustine (1863–1928)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, online edition, May 2007, accessed 26 May 2012 (subscription required)
  • Heery, Pat (2002). The History of St. Francis Xavier's College Liverpool 1842 - 2001. Pat Heery. ISBN 978-0-9535782-1-4.

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