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Welcome from the Principal

Welcome from the Principal

As a highly regarded centre for A Levels, Vocational and Higher Education qualifications, Holy Cross has a long tradition of success. Since 1878, when the Daughters of the Cross of Liège first settled a school on this site, we have been offering excellence in education to people in the local area, and with a clear mission in mind: to develop our students intellectually to achieve outstanding results, and to develop them spiritually and morally so that they can become valued and valuable citizens in an ever-changing world. Being an inclusive Catholic sixth form college which welcomes students and staff of all faiths, this mission is at the heart of all we do.

Students are the life of Holy Cross College. We care for each and every individual who passes through our hands and we hold the highest aspirations for them all. We believe that every student has unique talents to bring to our college community: talents to be nurtured and encouraged during their time with us.

We have an incredibly dedicated, caring and expert staff who are highly experienced in preparing students not only for exams but also for their next steps in life, whatever they may be. As a college with a strong academic reputation, our students achieve highly with many going to renowned and prominent universities to study competitive courses including Oxbridge, Russell Group and Performing Arts schools, as well as progressing onto highly sought after apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

All of our students also have access to excellent specialist facilities and resources, including state-of-the-art Science and Language labs, a superb sports hall, theatre spaces and art studios, music practice rooms, a recording studio, media and computing suites, as well as dedicated Learning Support and Careers services. An exceptional Enrichment Programme encourages students to pursue their own individual interests while studying for their qualifications, and helps to prepare them for life after Holy Cross, wherever that may lead them.

As a Holy Cross student, you will always be supported, both now and in the future. What Sister Mary Kelly, a former principal of Holy Cross, once said remains true for us still:

“Our aim is to sustain our students and our staff in an atmosphere of encouragement and support. We believe in the growth of the whole person and in creating a climate where everyone can become their ‘best selves’.”

Carina Vitti, Principal