St Anselm's College

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St. Anselm's College
Manor Hill

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CH43 1UQ

Coordinates 53°23′24″N 3°02′53″W / 53.390°N 3.048°W / 53.390; -3.048Coordinates: 53°23′24″N 3°02′53″W / 53.390°N 3.048°W / 53.390; -3.048
Type Grammar school
Motto Faith seeking understanding.
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 1933
Founders Christian Brothers
Department for Education URN 136780 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Headmaster R S Duggan
Staff 69
Gender Boys
Age 11 to 19
Enrolment 907

St Anselm's College is a Roman Catholic grammar school with academy status located in Merseyside, England. It is one of four Catholic secondary schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, and one of three Irish Christian Brothers schools in the Merseyside area. The school is located within the Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury.


Founded in 1933, the school was in recent years granted Technology College and then Academy status, in cooperation with Upton Hall School, the local Catholic girls' school. The school used its specialist school status as an opportunity to improve some teaching facilities and broaden aspects of the curriculum.



The school was founded in 1933 by the trustees of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, at the invitation of Hugh Singleton, Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury. In 1946 it became a direct grant grammar school and continued as such until 1975, when the trustees opted for the school to be independent in order to continue as a single-sex

Grant-maintained status

The Education Act 1993 gave the trustees the chance to re-enter the maintained sector and so, once again, offer parents the choice of a Catholic Grammar School education for their sons, irrespective of their ability to pay. In 1995, the school became one of the first Independent schools to re-enter the maintained sector. The prep department retained its independent status and is now known as Redcourt St Anselm's. The two schools still maintain links and Redcourt is one of the College's main feeder schools.

In September 1999, the school became voluntary aided in line with the Education Act 1998.

Specialist School Status

After two unsuccessful applications, the school finally achieved joint Technology College status together with Upton Hall School, another local Catholic grammar, as part of the UK Specialist schools initiative. The school had, at the time, been unable to apply for specialist Language College status because, Wirral Grammar School for Girls, another school in the Wirral LEA had already applied for this as a first specialism.

Upon achieving the status the school further developed its programme for A-level and GCSE in ICT, installed a wireless computer network in many areas of the school, increased the number of computer workstations available to students for academic work, and also made an email service and extranet available to all students and staff.

In 2006 the joint Technology College designation expired, and the school announced its intention to make an application, independently from Upton Hall School to renew its status.[1] The school also announced, because of the success of the programme, its intention to apply for a second specialism in Languages. Both applications were successful.

In 2009 the college was invited to take up a third designation as a Leadership Partner School.[2]


The school converted to academy status on 1 June 2011.

Links with the church

The teaching staff at this and other Christian Brothers schools have traditionally been avowed Christian Brothers, but over the decades, the responsibility for this provision has been passed down to what is now a full-time lay teaching staff of 44, maintaining strong links with the Edmund Rice Family and with the guidance of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

Ethos and mission

Education at the school is, at its core, Roman Catholic, and inspired by the work of Blessed Edmund Rice. It is fundamentally based on the Eight Essentials of Christian Brothers Education,[3] and the religious studies programme at the school follows that prescribed by the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

The study of the history and ethos of the college forms a part of the Religious Studies programme at Key Stage 3, and is a common focus for the weekly assemblies. (The Christian Brothers resident in the house that adjoins the college ensure that Sixth Form students are kept well informed about the ethos of the college by an annual programme of discourse which complements the PSHE programme.

Patron saint

Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033 or 1034 – 21 April 1109).


The college has a reputation for sporting achievement far outstripping its size. Notable sporting achievements include winning the National Schools Cross Country Championship at Intermediate Level and winning the Northerns Schools Championship countless times, regularly attending the National Schools Athletics Final and travelling the country competing in various rugby union competitions.


The College had traditionally been affiliated with Redcourt - St Anselm's, a local independent primary school, and although now independent from the secondary school, both schools are part of the Edmund Rice Family, and share sports facilities in Noctorum.

The joint-technology college status of the school with Upton Hall School until Autumn 2006 gave rise to increased cooperation between the two Catholic grammar schools on the Wirral Peninsula. Other joint activities include language talks and spiritual activities.

Notable former pupils/staff

Alumni of the school are referred to as Old Anselmians, or within the school as Old Boys, reflecting the single-sex nature of the school. The alumni association of the college is the Anselmian Association.


See also


  1. ^ The Headmaster's Newsletter (PDF), St Anselm's College, 7 December 2006
  2. ^ The Headmaster's Newsletter (PDF), St Anselm's College, 29 April 2009
  3. ^ Aims and Values, St Mary's College, Crosby, 12 May 2009

External links

  • Official website
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