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    I have been to all of the college open evenings and I will be sitting my GCSEs in 2018. The subjects that I would like to take are Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Business Studies. Overall, I liked Aquinas and Loreto the best as the teachers and students are all really nice and talked about each courses and answered the questions that I wanted to know. The students in Loreto also genuinely looked like they liked it there and they were all enthusiastic. I liked Xaverian as well, it wasn't bad but Aquinas and Loreto were the best for me. There weren't alot of diverse people in Aquinas, but there were in Loreto and Xaverian and I wish to go to a college with more diversity (more east asians in the college so it can make me feel more comfortable as I am also east asian). I have confidence that I will be able to achieve at least a grade 6 in all the of the subjects that I have chosen, so I'm not really worried about that.

    It will take me about maybe 45mins-1hr to travel to Aquinas on the bus and around 1hr and 15 minutes to loreto, maybe 1 hr 45 minutes to the max. Xaverian will probaberly take around an hr as well, so distance is the main problem for me, but I want to know which college is worth the travel.

    I have applied to all of these colleges, but because they are all catholic schools, I am a big worried that I won't get accepted and that I also won't be near the top of their priorities list. I also want to know how interviews work and how you know you are getting offered a place as I have no idea how everything works. I will also be on a holiday for two months after GCSEs finish, so I will not be there on enrollment days. I will be back from my holiday at around september 2nd and I want to know what to do as I might want to have the place at that college.
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    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.

    I currently go Xaverian and it's really diverse. I'm East Asian too haha and there's quite a few of us in my year, altho not as much as other Asians and white people but that's kinda expected anyway. Most of my friends aren't religious/Catholic either but got in so I don't really think being Catholic or not had a huge effect on their acceptance. Honestly I can't rememeber what happened in my interview sorry but it's nothing to worry about I think it was mostly talking about your subject choices and predicted grades, and you should get a letter in the post confirming your place. Can't really speak about the other colleges but I have friends in Loreto and some like it some don't, and I personally find Aquinas way too white lmao and not as academically strong.

    I'm in the same year as you and I'm applying for Xaverian and Loreto, but not Aquinas. (the diversity is key for me too, I'm south Asian)Xaverian is a more friendly and less formal than Loreto, but if you prefer a stricter learning environment that's probably for you. Don't worry about Xaverian and Loreto's prioritisation for Catholicism - that's Aquinas' biggest want. Xaverian and Loreto both have good learning environments, but Loreto expects more from students applying (attendance, punctuality, effort).
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