There has been a tradition of Mercy education in North Belfast for over 150 years; I am delighted that Mercy College will continue this tradition as we have embraced the Bishop’s vision for the future of education for all-ability co-educational schools.

These are exciting times for Mercy College and this year we welcomed year 8 boys. Working with the North Belfast Area Learning Community and our Shared Education Programme, we are confident that all parents and students will feel secure and supported as we continue to thrive as a co-educational school.

This brochure will give you an idea of the kind of school Mercy College is, the standards it promotes, the courses it offers and how its policy is lived out in action.

Faithful to the Mercy tradition, the school aims to develop each child to their full potential, with an emphasis placed on leading by example.

It is based on the acceptance of the uniqueness and dignity of each pupil.

At Mercy we have a caring and dedicated staff who ensure each pupil receives the very best education which we can offer. Staff and pupils work together in a happy environment to contribute to the enrichment of each person. We are fully committed to shared education and work closely with all schools in North Belfast.
Great care is taken to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary school; in 2016/2017 we invested heavily in making the transition to ‘Big School’ as painless as possible for your child and to that end eye4education have worked with them in their primary school. Reports from parents and children have been so positive that we have continued the programme into the 2017/2018 year. Additionally our LLS programme provides an opportunity for children in primary schools to be engaged in a variety of sports and activities and to access high quality sports coaching. I am also delighted with the progress our Form 6 LLS students have made, with all students securing a scholarship to the USA in July 2017.

In order to provide your child with the best educational experience, we continually seek out and implement pioneering and innovative learning and teaching strategies. For example in recent years we have focused on co-operative learning, which has been proven to raise standards and provide a chance for all our pupils to raise their attainment and reach their full potential.

A further exciting development is our relationship with London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (L.A.M.D.A.) Mercy students are provided with master classes in performance every month, by tutors from London. This provides students with opportunities for film, theatre and TV work, as well as confidence-building, public speaking and interview skills. In addition to achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold level, students receive UCAS points for application to 3rd level education. Last year our L.A.M.D.A. tutor was shortlisted as one of the Top 50 teachers in the world.

Our all round approach to education seeks to ensure that each child has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. To this end we invest a great deal of time in choosing courses which will enable your child to progress along a career pathway best suited to his/her capability. I’m delighted to say that our results at GCSE and A Level continue to go from strength to strength.

We also have an excellent pastoral care programme that supports your child throughout their school career, and we fully believe it is only by working together in partnership that we can make a real difference.

In conclusion, the school aims to provide students with a positive, loving and caring atmosphere. Our pupils leave us well equipped to cope with the demands of the modern world. Most of all, we hope that they leave us as discerning young adults with a sense of social responsibility coupled with an active sensitivity to human needs. I am very excited about welcoming your son/daughter into our school community in the new academic year.