For other schools of the same name, see Loreto College.
Loreto College is a Roman Catholic grammar school situated in the
Castlerock Road area of Coleraine, County
Londonderry, on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
In 1906, the Ursuline Order
of an all-girls' school, setting up a smaller boys' primary school
In 1922, when the new Northern Ireland Educational Authority was
set up, certain qualifications were needed to teach in secondary
schools. The nuns
, being French
, did not have these qualifications so
they decided to withdraw from Ireland. The Loreto nuns in Omagh were asked
to take over the schools, both primary and secondary.
August 13, 1930, four sisters of Loreto, an order founded by
, arrived. The Ursulines stayed
with them for two weeks to help them settle into their new home.
The original four sisters - M. Rose, M. Colmcille, M. Aidan and M.
Kevin - were joined by M. Peter, M. Benedict and M. Gertrude as
first members of the new community.
The school was later extended, and has adapted to changes in the
educational system . The school became co-educational in 1977. It
is owned and maintained by the Loreto trustees.
The following sports are played in the school: Gaelic football
, association football
. Loreto College, Coleraine has for many
years achieved consistently outstanding public examination results,
with pupils often attaining recognition for top scores across
In 2005, the school celebrated its 75th anniversary, culminating in
an open day including a museum, and finally Mass in St. John's
In 2007, the school was awarded specialist school
status for science and
this has been celebrated in a variety of ways.
Art and Design, Careers, Drama, Economics, English and English
Literature, Geography, History, Home Economics, Government and
Politics, I.C.T., Library, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French,
German, Irish and Spanish), Music, P.E., Religious Education,
Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Technology.
Extra-curricular - Sport
Sporting activities include: trampolining
Extra-curricular - other
Activities include: Young Engineers, Science and Technology
Competitions, The Duke of
scheme, St Vincent de Paul Group, Christian
Life Community (CLC), Debating, Quizzing and Choir.
- Barry McGoldrick and Sean Leo
McGoldrick (brothers) - Current Derry Gaelic footballers
Christina Steenson (nee Rafferty) - Jeweller