Belfast Royal Academy - founded 1785

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Welcome to Belfast Royal Academy


If pupil feels unwell and displays any Covid symptoms, they should not come to school, neither should any siblings attending the school. Follow the PHA guidance and book a test.

Please inform the school immediately if a pupil (or anyone in their household) is being tested – call the Attendance Line on 028 90 754761. The pupil and any siblings should not return to school until the test result is received.

If a positive test result is received, please notify the school immediately on 028 90 740423 or email

If a negative test result is received, please call the Attendance Line on 028 90 754761 to confirm the result and that the pupil and any siblings are returning to school, provided they are well and have not had symptoms for 48 hours.

If a pupil has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, then they must self-isolate and not return to school for 10 days even if they themselves have received a negative test result. Please inform the Attendance Line as soon as possible.

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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.

Principal: Mrs. H. Woods.

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