Principal's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Cross and Passion College. Our school is a unique place with a long tradition of academic excellence and service to the community. It first opened in 1913 in Market Street and later moved to the present site on Moyle Road. The school became co-educational in 1963. During the 1970s, it was decided that Cross and Passion Convent Grammar School should merge with Star of the Sea Secondary School, forming one of the first, and currently most successful, all-ability schools in Northern Ireland.

Pupils join us at age eleven and usually leave aged eighteen, having grown in stature, wisdom and knowledge, but of equal importance, having developed as potential leaders, ready to make their mark on society. 

Paul McClean, Principal with a group of students

Our school community is values-driven

Our core business is to educate young people and prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils consistently achieve very highly and, while that is a key priority in the school, so too is the development of character, sincerity, goodness and kindness. Our school community is values-driven and this enables our pupils to be fulfilled and to contribute to society in the widest possible sense.


Committed to their overall development

As a school which is highly committed to the overall development of young people, the provision of extra- curricular experiences and activities for our students is a high priority, with sport, music, drama and art being particular strengths. In the last few years, pupils of Cross and Passion have become All-Ireland Champions in debating, junior camogie and senior hurling.


We are an inclusive school

We welcome and value young people from all backgrounds and abilities, to strive for and achieve success. Every child is supported through their journey in Cross and Passion, with challenging personal targets and goals, a choice of pathways to success and guided by a team of professionals dedicated to helping them reach their potential. 

A strong sense of community

Currently, around 750 young people attend the school and their days are characterised by learning, developing self-awareness, building enduring friendships and stretching themselves to reach beyond their comfort zone. We believe that the key to success in any aspect of life is for an individual to feel cared for and to enjoy what they are doing. Pastoral Care permeates all aspects of our work and we aim to make learning enjoyable. A strong sense of community enriches the school and creates a sense of family and mutual dependence.

Paul McClean