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Holy Cross, founded by the Daughters of the Cross, is a Catholic Sixth Form College and University Centre, which exists to promote a high quality education within a community based on Gospel values.

We provide the opportunity for each person to develop spiritually, morally and intellectually and we welcome students and staff of all faiths.

The College aims to offer to all, especially the poor and marginalised, the opportunity of an education, of training for a job, of human and Christian formation.

The spirit of the Gospel is at the heart of our way of life, relationships and community. Thus we affirm the value of each member of the College's community- whether student or employee - and have concern for the whole person and the uniqueness of the individual. This entails sharing each other’s strengths and being sensitive to one another's weaknesses, as well as striving for the highest expectations of personal growth and achievement.

At Holy Cross we are fortunate in having a Chaplaincy Team which takes a leading role in the liturgical life of the College, days of recollection and retreats. Members of the Team are also available to help and support students on a more informal basis. The College Chapel provides space for individual reflection and quiet prayer. Mass is offered regularly, and is open to all.

An integral part of the College's broad educational experience is the Religious Education programme. This involves one lesson each week and explores major themes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in relation to ordinary life for young people today and wider philosophical and cultural issues. It takes the form of debate, discussion and action, as well as more formal learning, and your views and contribution will be highly valued. It is fully accredited but is not an exam or homework subject. Topics for discussion include Philosophy, Human Rights, Ethics, Relationships, Catholic Teaching and Spirituality. In Religious Education lessons you will develop new skills, meet and work with a variety of students and be encouraged to come to a deeper understanding of life, religion and yourself.

Holy Cross has always been proud of its links with the wider community. From taking a full part in the Salford Diocesan Pilgrimage, to hosting an annual Christmas party for children and making courses accessible for young people in our partner schools, we are an outward-looking and welcoming place.




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