Belfast Royal Academy - founded 1785

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Welcome to Belfast Royal Academy

Congratulations to all the Primary 7 pupils who have been placed in Form 1 in Belfast Royal Academy for September 2020.

For information, the school received 289 applications for 200 places. The school ranks all applications in terms of AQE score and admits in accordance with rank order of the score. The final placed score this year was 102 and there were more candidates with this score than there were available places. Therefore, the school applied other criteria (as outlined in the school’s Admission to Form 1 policy) to this qualifying group to determine priority. A number of additional pupils, who have a Statement of Educational Needs, were allocated a place by the Education Authority.

Parents are reminded that there is a waiting list policy which will remain in place until 25th June 2021. Should a vacancy arise for Form 1 after 5th June 2020, the school will contact those candidates who were initially refused in writing. Your child’s name will be automatically added to this list. Please contact us in writing if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.

Principal: Mrs. H. Woods.


During the period of extended school closure, all communication should be emailed to from where it will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Please include the member of staff’s name in the Subject Line. This email will be monitored each day during normal school hours, i.e. 8.40am until 3.10pm.

Pupils are encouraged to contact school during the period of closure if they have any pastoral or safeguarding concerns. This can be done via the General Office (02890 740423) or through using the following email: Members of the Safeguarding Team will be monitoring the email on a daily basis (Monday to Friday) during normal school hours.

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Belfast Royal Academy is the oldest school in the city and was founded by Rev Dr James Crombie in 1785 as Belfast Academy, in Academy Street. Dr Crombie was clearly a man of vision who set the ambitious target of establishing a new school “ provide an education of high standard”. For over 230 years, the school has remained true to this principle of its founding father and continues to enjoy a reputation of academic excellence alongside notable sporting and music achievements. The Academy looks forward to a dynamic and progressive future at the forefront of education in Northern Ireland.

Whilst we are proud of our rich heritage serving the community of Belfast and much further afield over the centuries, we are equally proud of the inclusive and diverse community that makes the Academy such a unique and special place. We are an academic school. However, our priority is the stimulation of independent enquiry and intellectual curiosity to equip all pupils to be successful and independent learners and future leaders. We try to maintain a positive balance between study and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, and we value cultural and sporting achievement equally. Within our pupils, we seek to develop skilful, confident, resilient, curious learners with a desire to learn more about the world.

We are an ambitious school and our aim is that pupils will leave the Academy having acquired a wide range of knowledge and experience, a group of life-long friends and a variety of interests that will remain with them in the years ahead.

I hope our website will give you a sense of our vibrant and caring school and the wealth of opportunities available. I would encourage you to visit Belfast Royal Academy first hand and experience all that we have to offer.

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