Education in UK
Add school to
Staffordshire University

Last modified:
American InterContinental University - London
The Norton Knatchbull School - Ashford
Gossops Green Community Primary School - Gossops Green
Great Ballard School - Chichester
Georgian Gardens Community Primary School - Rustington
Fordwater School - Chichester
Fonthill Lodge School - East Grinstead
Fairway Infant School - Copthorne
Elm Grove Infant School - Littlehampton
Elm Grove First School - Worthing
Yew Tree Primary School - Yew Tree Estate
Yew Tree Community Primary School - Aston
Woodway Park School & Community College - Coventry
Woodthorpe Primary School - Kings Heath
Woodrush Community High School - Specialist Technology College - Birmingham
Woodlands Primary School - Willenhall
Woodfield Infant School - Penn
Wood Green High School College of Sport - Wood Green Road
Wolverhampton Grammar School - Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Girls High School - Wolverhampton
Wollescote Primary School - Wollescote
Wodensfield Primary School - Wednesfield
Wodensborough Community Technology College - Wednesbury
Withymoor Primary School - Off Turners Lane Quarry Bank
Willenhall School Sports College - Willenhall
Whitehouse Common Primary School - Sutton Coldfield
Edward Bryant Primary School - Bognor Regis
Eastergate C E Primary School - Eastergate
West House School - Edgbaston
East Wittering Community Primary School - East Wittering
Welford Primary School - Handsworth
East Preston Junior School - East Preston
Wednesfield Village Primary School - Wednesfield
East Preston Infant School - East Preston
Wednesfield College (Specialist Engineering School) - Wednesfield
Durrington Middle School - Durrington
Ward End Primary School - Ward End
Walsgrave C E Primary School - Coventry
Durrington First School - Durrington

St Michael`s Grammar School
12 Cornakinnegar Road, Lurgan, BT67 9JW, UK Craigavon
Tel. 02838 323192

Principal's Welcome

principalA very warm welcome to all and thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

It is impossible to fully portray on a website the nature of a school with all its comings and goings, its actions and reactions, its joys and pleasures and, occasionally, its sadness and disappointments but we hope that what you see on the adjoining pages will give you a flavour of life in St. Michael's Grammar School.

St. Michael's is a Catholic Voluntary Grammar School under the trusteeship of the Sisters of Mercy. It is a Senior High School catering for students aged between 14 and 18, most of whom transfer at the end of Year 10 from St. Mary's and St. Paul's Junior High Schools. The school has a proud academic tradition dating back over eighty years, but our students also have extensive opportunities to participate in a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities in which they also regularly excel.

The school itself, like many others of its age, is rather like one of grandma's patchwork quilts: bits and pieces added on at various times give it a quaint, perhaps even homely feeling but, like the patchwork quilt, it is also outdated and no longer fit for the purpose. This is an issue which we have actively pursued for several years and, although the Department of Education has agreed in principle that a new school is needed, the implementation of this decision has effectively been postponed pending the outcome of the ongoing review into post-primary education in the north Lurgan area. We look forward to a speedy conclusion to this review and the construction of a new school at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, we continue to cater for the needs of our students by:
  • - supporting their personal development through an active Pastoral Care programme
  • - promoting their spiritual development through a vibrant Religious Studies programme
  • - challenging their intellectual development through a lively curriculum and by encouraging them to find joy and pleasure in life.

      We hope you see in these pages a school which is proud of its past, confident of its present and optimistic about its future. Should you require further information about any aspect of life in
      St. Michael's, please feel free to contact us.

      St. Michael’s Grammar School is a Catholic and a Mercy School centred in the Mercy values of service, promotion of self- esteem and the pursuit of excellence. It strives to develop and nurture all the qualities and skills of its students which will enable them to become independent, mature and sensitive adults, at ease with themselves and aware of the needs of others.

      School Aims

      To help each student develop into a whole person, a fully alive Christian, growing towards his/her full potential -spiritual, moral, emotional, social, physical and intellectual.

      To develop and maintain a strong home-school partnership and to provide opportunities for ongoing and regular contact through parent-teacher meetings, school reports, informal visits and regular written correspondence thus ensuring the fullest co-operation and fostering a sense of mutual responsibility.

      To provide a carefully structured religious education programme through which the student may be helped to grow in the knowledge and practice of their faith and worship. To present as wide an academic curriculum as possible to meet the wide-ranging talents and abilities of the students.

      To encourage participation in sport, both as individuals and members of teams; in the art of communication through drama, debating and public speaking; in music, vocal and instrumental; in art through drawing, painting and ceramics; and many other areas of education for leisure.

      To develop in our students an appreciation of their own self- worth and giftedness and of their privileges in life, together with a concerned awareness of those less fortunate.

      To cultivate in each a sense of civic responsibility, of respect for the person and the property of others, a desire to preserve the good and the beautiful and to contribute positively towards their environment.

      To implement a system of pastoral care which exemplifies fairness, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness while at the same time setting high standards of respect, self-discipline, commitment and generosity.

      To inspire the students and channel them into challenging careers suited to their talents and aspirations through a comprehensive system of counselling and guidance, together with exposure to appropriate and wide- ranging experiences.

      To form a well-integrated teaching team, recognising our responsibility of exemplifying the ideals we are attempting to inculcate in our students.

      To uphold the traditions and ethos of our school and to contribute what we can towards preserving that atmosphere of harmony and goodwill in which growth will take place.

      To develop good relationships and mutual respect between members of staff and between staff and students.

      To foster and cultivate a listening ear, empathy and approachability so that all children can find a ready support and friendship.

      To avail of opportunities to improve our professional growth and creativity and to revive our personal dedication to our calling as educators.

      The Curriculum at St. Michael’s

      In the furtherance of the ethos and aims of St. Michael’s it is our goal to provide a challenging and enriching learning environment which will help develop each student to the best of their intellectual ability. We strive to guide the educational experience of the young people in our school, so that they will become independent learners with the ability to set their own targets and the capability of making informed judgements. We aim to ensure that they will be able to take their place in the future as responsible decision makers within society confident in their own capabilities and sensitive to the needs of others. We provide a wide ranging curriculum encompassing applied and general courses, practical and skills based subjects. In addition, the curriculum offered extends beyond the classroom into a broad spectrum of activities which are available to students after normal school hours stretching to twilight courses which are also accessible by the wider community.

      Subjects provided at Key Stage 4 (Years 11-12)
      In Years 11 and 12, students are required to follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum. This currently includes a compulsory core and a range of optional subjects. Normally students take nine subjects for GCSE. However, following consultation with parents, some students may be advised to follow an eight- subject GCSE course.

      Compulsory Core

      • Religious Studies
      • English and English Literature
      • Mathematics
      • Double Award Science or Physics, Chemistry and Biology
      • One subject from Geography, History or Business Studies
      • One Modern Language from French, Irish or Spanish

      All students are timetabled for two periods of PE and one period each of Careers Education and Guidance and Personal and Social Education each week.

      Optional Subjects on offer (Subject to demand)

      • Art & Design
      • Business Studies
      • Drama
      • French
      • Geography
      • History
      • ICT
      • Irish
      • Journalism
      • Learning for Life & Work
      • Music
      • PE
      • Spanish
      • Technology & Design

      Post- 16 Curriculum
      Over the number of years, St. Michael’s has worked hard to broaden choices at Post- 16 by introducing additional subjects at AS and A2 including four Applied subjects, three of which are offered at both double and part award.

      The great majority of students who complete their GCSE course at St. Michael’s obtain excellent grades, meet the criteria for entry into Sixth Form (cf. Admissions Policy) and return to St. Michael’s. In addition, a small number of other students are normally able to join St. Michael’s at 16+ to choose from the extensive range of courses which we now offer.

      In addition to the compulsory choice of three examinations subjects, Year 13 students are encouraged to study a fourth AS or the equivalent from the wide selection provided. Key Skills courses in Communication, Numeracy and ICT are also on offer in St. Michael’s.

      All students are also timetabled for a non- examination modular course in Religious Education and Careers Education and Guidance. Study Skills, Interview Skills, Work Experience and Enrichment are compulsory components of the Sixth Form Curriculum. Students are also timetabled for one period of Personal and Social Education each week.

      Each student’s choice of course is based on personal choice, professional advice from the subject teachers and/ or Heads of Department regarding his/ her suitability and competence to pursue specific courses, and Career Guidance on the implications of subject choices for the future. A wise choice of course and subject is essential and is a key factor in students enjoying their studies, taking responsibility for their own work and becoming successful independent learners.

      The opportunity of pursuing A Level, of specialising in Applied courses or of mixing and matching from the general A level and Applied A level options provides students with the flexibility of tailoring a course to exactly match their needs, interests, and strengths.

      AS/ A2 Subjects on offer in Years 13 & 14

      • Art & Design
      • Biology
      • Business Studies
      • Chemistry
      • Economics
      • English Literature
      • French
      • Geography
      • Irish
      • ICT
      • Mathematics
      • Modern History
      • Music
      • Physics
      • Physical Education
      • Politics
      • Religious Studies
      • Sociology
      • Spanish
      • Theatre Studies

      Applied Courses on offer in Years 13 & 14

      • Business Studies- Full award and Part award
      • Health & Social Care- Full award and Part award
      • ICT- Full award and Part award
      • Leisure & Recreation- Part award only

      Enrichment courses
      These may vary from year to year but those currently on offer include:

      • Beauty Therapy
      • Cookery
      • Digital Imaging
      • Ceramics
      • Fitness Training
      • Photography
      • Wood Turning

      primary schools in Craigavon, secondary schools in Craigavon, schools in Craigavon

      Editorial office:
      tel. + 48 (094)