Year 14 pupils celebrate A Level success

Pupils at Cross and Passion College celebrated breaking the school performance records for the fourth year in a row on Thursday, as they opened their eagerly awaited brown envelopes.  Their achievements, once again, far surpassed the averages for both the grammar and non-grammar sectors, with 91% of pupils achieving 3 A*-C ‘A’-Level grades or equivalent.

There was individual and collective success at all levels, with 20 pupils achieving only A/A* grades or equivalent in their chosen subjects.  47% of all grades achieved were A/A*/Distinction*, demonstrating the unique and outstanding levels of success being attained by the pupils in this all-ability school. 

Molly McAlonan, Lucy McCaughan and Clodagh McSorley were the top achieving pupils, each of them attaining 3 A* grades across a range of subjects. 

Principal of the College, Mr Paul McClean, paid tribute to the very hard work of pupils and staff in ensuring the young people reached their full potential in their examinations.

“We, as a staff body, are delighted and proud of this very talented cohort of young people.  When they joined the school, we had very high expectations of what we felt they could achieve, socially, individually and academically, and they have proven over the last seven years, that they also embraced that desire to reach their potential.

I must pay a great tribute to our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who provide care, support and generosity of time every day of the year.  It is a lovely celebration today, as we share in the success of the pupils, but these achievements are ground out in the cold winter months, when teachers are marking long into the evening and pupils are studying late in our library.  The atmosphere of ambition and collegiality is very strong in the school and by working together, and ensuring our parents are an integral part of the educational journey, we can focus on each child having the very best chance at success.

We have a very close and successful relationship with our Shared Education Partners in Ballycastle High School, as well as working closely with a range of other stakeholders, who help contribute to the pupil experience here.  The many visiting speakers, sports clubs, voluntary organisations and the unwavering support of the local community, help us to continue to provide first class opportunities for our pupils, despite the very challenging financial circumstances that all schools are faced with. 

Our main goal is to ensure that wherever our young people go, they leave Cross and Passion College with a caring, committed, values-driven attitude to life.  These pupils have exemplified that throughout their time here and as they leave for diverse destinations, such as Oxford, Queen’s University, Universities across Ireland and beyond (studying Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Computer Science and a wealth of other degrees), as well as those who are joining the world of work, we know they will carry the ethos of the school with them.  On behalf of the College Governors, the staff and the whole school community, I wish our leaving students the very best of luck and remind them that we hope to see them all again soon.”

End of Year Information

Arrangements for the end of June are as follows:


Monday 24th June - Year 8 school trip to Carrowmena Activity Centre

Tuesday 25th June - Year 10 trip to Tayto Park, Co Meath & Years 10 & 11 finish at 3.30pm

Wednesday 26th June - Year 9 trip to the Lake Aqua Park, Kilrea & Year 9 finish at 3.30pm

Thursday 27th June - Year 8 finish at 3.30pm

Friday 28th June - Years 11 & 13 reviews (pupils will be notified)

Details about the beginning of the new school year and school holidays will be sent out with the school reports at the end of the school year.

 Please remember to return all textbooks to your class teacher before you finish school.


School Show News!!

Our School show this year is Sister Act and will be performed 21st to 24th October 2019.

The show is open to all students and auditions for next year’s 11- 14 students will be on 10th, 11th and 13th June from 1pm to 1.40pm in the Drama Mobile.

Junior Students are to contact Mrs Kerr after the exams to express their interest.

Please see the audition letter here for more information.

Olivia building ‘Super’ success

Year 9 pupil Olivia Kelly spent the weekend at the Lego Office in London after winning a Super Builder competition with her freestyle creation pictured.

In a letter from Lego Headquarters, the judges praised Olivia’s creation and invited her over to a building session with some celebrity judges.

Well done on your wonderful success Olivia and we look forward to you joining our Lego Club in Year 10!

Year 10 Young Enterprise Event

Cross and Passion College pupils took part in successful young enterprise event today. This was a great opportunity for the pupils to learn about the marketing side of a business. Young Enterprise’s programmes offer a journey, from gaining knowledge, through to developing skills and changing attitudes, arming young people with the confidence knowledge and skills to succeed.

A big thanks to all involved including our 6th year students who helped out with running of the event.

Michaela Camp returns to CPC

We are delighted to announce that, once again, we will be partnering with the Michaela Foundation to support the 2019 Michaela Camp for North Antrim.  Applications are invited from potential volunteers and the overwhelming response to last year’s event is an indication of how popular we expect it to be again this year.  This year’s camp will take place at the school from 15th – 19th July.


If you have any questions in relation to the camp, please visit

Lily placed first in Northern Ireland

Year 13 pupil Lily McCaughan, her parents, Mr Maybin and Mr McClean took part in the CCEA celebration event for top achievers in Northern Ireland recently. 

Lily was in attendance to pick up her award for being placed first in Northern Ireland in GCSE Learning for Life and Work.

This is the fourth year in a row that pupils from Cross and Passion College have picked up the top achiever in Northern Ireland awards in a range of subjects and we are delighted that our pupils and staff are recognised by the awarding body for their dedication, hard work and natural talent.

Well done Lily on achieving your wonderful result.