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St. Francis Xavier's College
St. Francis Xavier's College Crest.gif
Motto Jesus came that we might have life, " in all its fullness." Jn 10:10
Established Thursday 27 October 1842
Type Foundation
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Lesley Rippon
Chair Mr. H. N. King[1]
Founder Society of Jesus
Specialism Mathematics and Computing College
Location Beaconsfield Road

L25 6EG
England England
United Kingdom United Kingdom
LEA Liverpool City Council
Ofsted number 104718
Staff 130
Students 1297
Gender Boys, Coeducational in the 6th form
Ages 11 to 18
Colours Year 7-11
Maroon & Blue          
Year 12-13
Black & Blue          
Publication SFX Extra and Prospectus
Website St. Francis Xavier's College
Coordinates: 53°22′58″N 2°52′49″W / 53.382662°N 2.880281°W / 53.382662; -2.880281

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

The College is currently 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

The college was founded in 1842 in association with Stonyhurst College, Lancashire by the Society of Jesus who were a Roman Catholic religious order.[2]


1842–1843: Soho Street

St. Francis Xavier's College first occupied the premises at 36 Soho Street in Liverpool under the management of Father Francis Lythgoe who was the schools' rector from 1842 to 1844. The college was substanually small with a total of 2 pupil.[3]

1843–1845: St. Anne Street

A year later, now with a dozen pupils Father Francis Lythgoe moved the college to St. Anne Street where it stayed until 1845.[3]

1846–1877: Salisbury Street

In 1844 Father Johnson took over from Father Francis Lythgoe and moved his 24 pupils to the newley-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.[4]

Second College Building

SFX's newest Salisbury Street building was designed by Henry Clutton who was one of the foremost Catholic architects of the day. 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.[4]

Move to Woolton

In 1961 the college was transferred as a grammar school to its present twenty-six acre site at High Lee, Woolton where it has remained until this day. For many years a Lower School site for Years 7, 8 and 9 was located on Queens Drive in Childwall, in recent years the Lower School was re-sited with the Upper School at High Lee. In 1990 SFX 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 6th Form Centre was opened.

School choir

The schools' choir was formed in 1994 and has performed in front of Pope John Paul II. They have also toured Europe and America and gained a place in the Guinness Book of Records for singing at every cathedral in England and Wales.[5]

The schools received nationwide fame when the choir sang on the reworked version of The Farm's 1990 hit "Alltogethernow", remixed by BBC Radio 1's DJ Spoony. The single reached number 10 in the UK singles chart. The single was the official song for England Euro 2004 and was performed by the choir on Top of the Pops in 2004.[6]

Head Teachers

Headteacher Start year End year
Mr L.D.N Ripon 2005 present
Brother Francis Patterson 1979 2005
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 Thomas Poter 1870
Father Collyns 1853 1870
Father West 1851 1853
Father Johnson 1844 1853
Father Francis Lythgoe 1842 1844

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Contact Us". St Francis Xavier's College. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  2. ^ "College History". St. Francis Xavier’s College. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b Heery, Pat. "Chapter 2: The College Premises". The History of St. Francis Xavier's College Liverpool 1842 - 2001. p. 30. ISBN 9780953578214. 
  4. ^ a b Heery, Pat. "Chapter 2: The College Premises". The History of St. Francis Xavier's College Liverpool 1842 - 2001. p. 32. ISBN 9780953578214. 
  5. ^ "Liverpool choir's Number One goal". Liverpool City Council. May 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Gold disc for Euro anthem choir". BBC. June 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Family Record". August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "The History of Everton Football Club - Dr James Baxter". December 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Charles Brabin - Bio". August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  10. ^ Jones, Catherine (28 June 2008). "Pop star Elvis Costello awarded degree honour". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
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  13. ^ Heery, Pat. "Chapter 7: The Fr Neylan Years 1939-1953". The History of St. Francis Xavier's College Liverpool 1842 - 2001. p. 150. ISBN 9780953578214. 
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  18. ^ "Peter Serafinowicz". The Sunday Telegraph. September 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
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  • Heery, Pat (2002). The History of St. Francis Xavier's College Liverpool 1842 - 2001. Pat Heery. ISBN 9780953578214. 

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