Cross and Passion College was designated as a Specialist College for Sport in September 2007. As such, we are recognised as a centre of excellence for Sport and P.E. Through the Specialist School Programme we are challenged to promote excellence across all areas of the curriculum. Being a specialist school enables us to form partnerships in the community with local schools, community groups and businesses.
Cross and Passion College is also a centre of excellence for learning and teaching. As a Specialist School, we are members of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and INET. These organisations provide access to the latest professional development opportunities through a worldwide network of Specialist Schools.
Excellence in P.E. and Sport
Designation as a specialist school for Sport is a recognition of the school’s considerable record of success in this area. This includes the taught general P.E. programmes, the GCSE and “A” Level courses and the extensive enrichment programme we offer to pupils.
Although the school is noted for its success in Hurling and Camogie at all ages, many young people proudly represent our school in team games such as Netball, Basketball, Soccer and Gaelic Football.
The extension of sporting provision to include a range of individual sports such as Swimming, Dancing, Badminton, Golf, Bowls and Table Tennis is a key strategy to promote more pupil participation in physical activity at all levels.
Our school has an extensive range of sporting facilities and resources, including:
· Sports Hall
· Fitness Suite
· Outdoor Basketball Courts
· Outdoor Tennis Courts
· All Weather Pitch
· Grass Pitch
· Handball Alleys
Sports Specialism enables us to provide a quality Physical Education programme for pupils at all key stages supplemented by an extensive range of extra-curricular activities which offer opportunities for pupils to participate in Sport at recreational and competitive levels. In addition it provides opportunities for pupils to follow accredited courses in P.E., Leisure Studies and a range of other award bearing courses as well as a programme for gifted and talented athletes.
Excellence in Learning and Teaching
In addition to developing our work in our specialist field, membership of the Specialist School Programme encompasses the promotion of excellence in learning and teaching across all areas of the curriculum.
This begins, of course, in the classroom where we ensure that learning activities challenge and engage all pupils and work on enabling the young people to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to be successful learners.
We track pupil progress from each pupil’s entry into the school, set challenges for academic achievement and monitor the progress of learners regularly to ensure that they make the most of their ability. In tandem with this we pursue a vigorous programme of Assessment for Learning, ensuring that learners know how to succeed, developing their ability to engage in self and peer evaluation of their learning and promoting positive, mature responses to feedback.
Alongside classroom learning we provide a comprehensive pastoral support programme which includes our “Learning to Learn” Programme, a mentoring and coaching programme and a programme of Careers Education and Guidance.
Our teaching and support staff are of course a critical element in this work, and we provide an ongoing programme of Continuous Professional Development for our staff which aims topromote innovative approaches to learning and teaching and ensure quality experiences for our pupils in all aspects of school life.
The Community Programme
Specialist School designation has provided an opportunity to share our professional expertise in the local community. We are involved in innovative programmes with seven local primary schools and two post-primary schools.
Our Community Partners are: the Gateway Club for young people with learning disabilities, the Moyle Sports Advisory Committee and a number of North Antrim GAA and Camogie clubs.
The Community Partners will benefit from access to a range of courses which will increase their capacity to promote and develop sport in their organisations as well as the opportunities to use a range of ICT facilities to enhance sporting performance.