All Saints, a joint-faith enterprise in south Liverpool, has been officially launched as the city's newest sixth-form college – and it was only appropriate that the ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by both Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and his Anglican counterpart, Bishop Paul Bayes.
Archbishop Malcolm and Bishop Paul officially opened the joint Catholic and Church of England college during an event on 7 November, blessing the facilities and taking a tour alongside staff, governors and invited guests.
The Garston-based college, which welcomed its first intake in September, is part of the All Saints Multi Academy Trust, also involving The Academy of St Nicholas and The Academy of St Francis of Assisi.
Anne Pontifex, executive head of the trust, said: 'We are extremely excited to officially launch All Saints. Thank you to Archbishop Malcolm and Bishop Paul for attending and celebrating the launch of this fantastic new college for the region's young people.
'All Saints provides young people with the freedom and flexibility to develop important skills and choose a path which is right for them. Our first cohort are already reaping the rewards thanks to our strong business links, placement opportunities and varied enrichment programme.'
All Saints offers a rich, innovative curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities to students from across Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond. It also supplies high-quality careers advice, UCAS guidance and pastoral support.
Moreover, pupils have the opportunity to take part in the prestigious University Scholars Programme (USP), with bursaries available to the highest-attaining students when starting university. The USP initiative also encourages applications to Oxford and Cambridge, Russell Group Universities and higher-level apprenticeships.
Anne Pontifex added: 'If anyone is unsure of their next steps after school, I would urge them to come and visit All Saints, tour our facilities, meet staff and find out how we can help you reach your aspirations.'