Key Stage 3. Building for Success

A quality Key Stage 3 experience for young people is crucial, as it is at this stage that they develop their confidence and self-belief, as well as the skills and attitudes necessary to be successful learners.


We are Committed to:

  •        Ensuring a smooth transition from Primary School through a series of planned activities and consultation with Primary School teachers and parents;

  • Setting high expectations and encouraging high aspirations;

  • Fostering a love of learning and genuine spirit of enquiry;

  • Meeting the needs of all types of learners and promoting success for all.

We Provide:

  • A broad and balanced curriculum which builds a sound foundation for progression to Key Stage 4;

  • A ‘Learning to Learn’ programme where pupils acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become confident, successful learners;

  • Opportunities for pupils to reflect on their own progress, to set challenging targets and to aspire to high levels of achievement;

  • Support for pupils to make connections in their learning across all areas of the curriculum.

We Also:

  • Track pupil progress by assessing levels of ability and achievement when they enter the school;

  • Set pupils according to their abilities and aptitudes;

  • Monitor their academic progress closely and engage the young people as full partners with their parents and teachers in discussing strategies for improving learning;

  • Provide Key Stage 3 pupils with a wide range of activities which will enable them to identify and develop their talents and strengths;

  • Strongly encourage them to play a full and active part in the life of Cross and Passion College.

Learning Areas

English Mathematics Religious Studies
Art & Design History Physical Education
Drama Home Economics Information Technology
French/Irish/Spanish Learning for Life & Work Geography
Technology Music  


In addition pupils develop skills in Communication, Use of Mathematics and ICT across all subject areas.

Learning at Home

Pupils are expected to develop good study habits early in their school career. As such, pupils are expected to engage in purposeful activities set by their teacher which will:

•      Reinforce the learning taking place in class;
•      Engage them in individual research;
•      Prepare them for subsequent lessons.

As the school’s ICT facilities continue to develop, pupils will increasingly be involved in ‘e-learning’ activities where they will have access from home to a range of multi-media resources.




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