Aquinas College, Stockport

Coordinates: 53°23′46″N 2°08′51″W / 53.3962°N 2.1476°W / 53.3962; -2.1476
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Aquinas College
College Building at the Car Park entrance.
Nangreave Road

Greater Manchester

Coordinates53°23′46″N 2°08′51″W / 53.3962°N 2.1476°W / 53.3962; -2.1476
TypeSixth form college
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1980; 43 years ago (1980)
Local authorityStockport Metropolitan Borough Council
OversightRoman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury
Department for Education URN130514 Tables
PrincipalDanny Pearson
Age16 to 19
Colour(s)Red and white   

Aquinas College is a Roman Catholic sixth form college in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. The college also offers a range of adult education courses.[1]


The college was established in 1980 by the Diocese of Shrewsbury and is named after St. Thomas Aquinas.[2] The college was opened on the site of St. Michael's Secondary School.[3]

Ambrose Smith was the college principal from 1989 to 2011.[4] During his tenure the college was so popular among school leavers in the Stockport area that it received twice as many applications as there were places.[5] During this time the college expanded from 400 to 2000 students.[4] In 2010 a new main building was opened.[4] In 2011 Danny Pearson succeeded Ambrose Smith as principal.[4][6]

The College was rated as "Good" at its most recent Ofsted inspection, which was carried out in 2017.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "An introduction to Adult Education at Aquinas". Aquinas College. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  2. ^ "About Aquinas College". Aquinas College Website. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Geograph:: Aquinas College © Gerald England cc-by-sa/2.0".
  4. ^ a b c d Smith, Ambrose. "Ambrose Smith's LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Hundreds queue for college places". BBC. 16 November 2004.
  6. ^ Pearson, Danny. "Danny Pearson's LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Aquinas College". Ofsted. 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Sacha's well versed at History". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Acting is a good hobbit for Dominic". Manchester Evening News. Reach plc. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Kate Richardson-Walsh". Euro Hockey. Retrieved 30 January 2023.

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