Holy Cross College is ALL-ABILITY and CO-EDUCATIONAL
ALL-ABILITY: Academic Band/Academic-Vocational Band (both including Learning Support for pupils with Special Educational Needs)
CO-EDUCATIONAL: Boys and Girls
Holy Cross College (HCC) is a modern, state-of-the-art building, just over ten years old. We offer the very finest educational accommodation on a spacious, landscaped site. Our many departments are furnished with the very latest 21st century technologies and equipment, all designed to offer each student the very best possible educational experience. Due to the college's size, we are able to offer a very wide choice of subjects at Key Stage Three. The curriculum is diverse, flexible and challenging and is delivered by a committed and experienced team of teachers and support staff. HCC is a child-centred school where the individual's academic achievement and pastoral care are of the utmost importance.
We are committed to our primary aims of:
Excellence in Education
Formation in the Catholic Faith
Care for All
Holy Cross College offers a very exciting "Induction Programme" for Year 08 students.
This starts with Open Day in January, when we welcome our prospective new students.
The programme continues in the summer term when our Induction Team will visit the local primary schools to meet our new students.
In June, we will have activities to welcome our new Year 08 students. All pupils will sit standardised tests in NUMERACY and LITERACY. The results of these, plus information provided by the primary school, will be used to place the pupil into the most appropriate class for his/her ability.
In our all-ability school, there will be an Academic Band and an Academic/Vocational Band.
Movement between the bands will be possible throughout Key Stage Three (Years 08-10).
Pupils in receipt of a Statement of Special Educational Needs will be provided for in the most suitable class/band for his/her particular needs.
In September, the focus will be on 'settling in' and we will have a Team Building Programme for all Year 08 students.
At Key Stage Four (Years 11-12) there are 3 Pathways offering choices of subjects which best suit the individual student.
Sporting activities are a central part of Holy Cross College and it has representative teams in a wide range of sports including soccer, gaelic games, rugby, athletics, golf, cricket and equestrian activities. Holy Cross has quickly established itself as a centre of excellence for sport with many of its pupils achieving representative honours at county, provincial and international level.
Holy Cross College offers a wide range of non-competitive, extra-curricular activities including dance, gymnastics, running, table tennis, yoga and badminton. In addition, our students have use of a superbly equipped fitness suite.
Music, Drama and Art are also central to the extra-curricular life of Holy Cross. There are many opportunities for students to become involved in these areas. Our Talent Show and Spring Concert in the second term features many Key Stage 3 pupils. The school is highly regarded for the outstanding quality of its musical productions which are staged every two to three years.
Trips abroad include a science trip to London, a theatre trip to London’s West End, a geography trip to Iceland, a ski trip to Italy, a trip to watch Manchester United at Old Trafford and a visit to Paris by the Modern Languages department.
In addition to these European trips, we offer residential team-building activities in Gortatole.
Holy Cross College is committed to providing a secure, stable and well-ordered environment based on traditional values and genuine care and concern for individuals.
Holy Cross is a large school. However, it is organised in such a way that every child is known individually. We work hard to ensure that the individual needs of each child are identified and met, both academically and pastorally.
We cater for all abilities and offer a wide choice of subjects at Key Stage Three, GCSE, BTEC, A-Level and National Award. We promote academic achievement, individual growth and healthy competition as well as ensuring that all students feel safe within the school environment.
The Department of Education has withdrawn the Transfer Test (11+) and not replaced it because it believes that such ability-based admissions maintain and support inequality.
Holy Cross College supports this view. We invite ALL students to choose our school and we will do everything possible to ensure that the individual pupil is placed in a class where he/she will be facilitated to reach the maximum possible achievement in accordance with his/her ability.
Holy Cross College is a flagship school in education. We have the solution for all your children's needs on your doorstep.
We can, and will, provide the highest standard of education for your child in the years ahead.