Lumen Christi College

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Lumen Christi College, Derry
Lumen Christi College seal.png
Motto "In Tuo Lumine Videmus Lumen" - In YOUR light, we see light.
Established 1997
Type Grammar School
Religion Roman Catholic
Principal Mr Patrick O'Doherty
Chair of Governors Mr John Boyle
Specialism Science
Location Bishop Street
County Londonderry
BT48 6UJ
Northern Ireland Coordinates: 54°59′28″N 7°19′44″W / 54.991°N 7.329°W / 54.991; -7.329
Local authority Western Education and Library Board
Staff 75
Students 850 (approx)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Lumen Christi College is an Co-educational grammar school in Derry, Northern Ireland, founded in September 1997. The school is located at the site of the old St. Columb's College. Since 2007 Lumen Christi has topped the GCSE and A-Level results league tables in Northern Ireland.[1] The school won the British Telecom Faul Gaelic Cup in 2005 and the North West Rugby blitz title in January 2007. The school is made up of just over 850 students, and 50 teachers. In 2007 the school's Bar Mock Trial team won Northern Ireland's competition and the National Competition in Cardiff. In October 2007, an off-duty Catholic Police Service of Northern Ireland officer was shot by the Real IRA outside the school gates, while leaving his child at the school.[2]

Leadership team[edit]

  • Principal - Mr Patrick O'Doherty
  • Vice Principal - Mrs Siobhán McCauley
  • Vice Principal - Dr Marie Ferris
  • First Year Induction Teacher - Ms. Christine Hagan
  • Head of Key Stage 3 - Mrs Suzanne Deery
  • Head of Key Stage 4 - Mrs Brónach O'Hare
  • Head of Sixth Form - Dr Micheal Gormley

School shows[edit]


In the past, Lumen Christi College has held numerous shows, either musicals or talent shows. In 2010, the school musical, which is held every 3–4 years, made its move to St. Columbs Hall, as when it was held in the school Assembly Hall, there wasn't sufficient seating. The musical in 2010 which ran from 1–3 December was a huge success, selling out on all three nights. Around 80 of the school's pupils took part in the production of the show.

Subjects studied at Lumen Christi College[edit]

Key Stage 3[edit]

In Years 8, 9 and 10 the pupils study the following subjects in line with the Northern Ireland curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Technology and Design, Languages (two languages from French, Spanish or Irish), History, Geography, Home Economics, ICT, Physical Education, Art and Design, Music, Religious Education, Personal and Social Education, Citizenship and Employability, Careers Awareness, Computer Studies and Drama.

Key Stage 4[edit]

For GCSE all pupils must study the core subjects of: English Language, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, one Language, a subject from the Environment and Society area of study and Learning for Life and Work. Pupils then can choose a number of subjects including: Triple Award Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), a second language, History, Geography or Home Economics, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education, I.C.T., Technology, Additional Mathematics and English Literature.

Physical Education is compulsory for all students as a non-exam class. PE consists of one hour per week. Students can choose PE as a GCSE subject and therefore will take it as an exam class alongside the compulsory class.

Sixth Form[edit]

Students may choose three or four A-Level and/or AS courses. The following subjects are offered on campus: Art and Design, Biology, Applied Business, Chemistry, Design and Technology, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Information Systems, Irish, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Further Maths, Physics, Religious Studies and Spanish.

School Council[edit]

The Student council is an open forum where a range of school-related topics can be discussed. Their council consists of over 14 members, with at least 4 from each key stage to fully communicate all the ideas from the student body. The aim is to relay sensible suggestions from pupils to the staff in the hope of improving school life for all. They meet on a regular basis to democratically discuss a wide range of ideas, considering ways to implement useful ideas that they feel could benefit the school as a whole.

Currently, the schools key priority is to obtain information from the student body to use as a basis for new ideas to discuss.


In April 2008, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry, Séamus Hegarty, the Minister for Education, Caitríona Ruane (Sinn Féin), along with the Irish National Teachers' Organisation trade union, criticised the Board of Governors of Lumen Christi College for announcing their intention to continue academic selection after the abolition of the 11-plus examination.[3] The school's principal, Pat O'Doherty, responded that the school intends to go ahead with its testing plans, and that the education minister has no legal authority to stop them.[4] The school has also been criticised for its selective nature when it comes to entry into Year 13.


  1. ^ "dead link". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ "PSNI officer shot at Derry school". RTÉ News. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Resignation call over school test BBC
  4. ^ "Derry school to ignore minister". BBC Online . 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-23.