Belfast Royal Academy - founded 1785

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Welcome to Belfast Royal Academy

principal belfast royal academy

I welcome you very warmly to the website of Belfast Royal Academy, which is the oldest school in the city. Founded in 1785 in Academy Street, it transferred to its present North Belfast site in the nineteenth century and is now a large, co-educational, non denominational day grammar school with strong academic, musical and sporting traditions.

There are some 1400 pupils at the grammar school, with another 165 at Ben Madigan, our Preparatory Department.

I hope that you will enjoy this website. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Headmaster: Mr. J. M. G. Dickson.


Belfast Royal Academy will be hosting a careers-themed Miniversity Computer Club for primary school children from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July 2017.

The camp runs 9.30am–3.00pm (early drop 8:30-9:30am and extended hours 3-4pm available) and the cost is £22 per day or £100 per week. Sibling discounts are available when booking the full week.

Monday 3rd July Architect for a day (Art & Maths)
Tuesday 4th July Vet for a day (Science)
Wednesday 5th July Business Tycoon for a day (EduFun)
Thursday 6th July Coder for a day (ICT)
Friday 7th July Movie Director (EduFun)

Availability is limited so please contact Miniversity now to register your place.
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