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Belfast Royal Academy


To broaden and sharpen the mind.

We strive to create an inclusive culture at BRA. Whatever their faith or social background, pupils are happy, with a proper sense of personal worth and achievement.

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Years of History

Founded in 1785, Belfast Royal Academy is the oldest school in the city.

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Extra-curricular activities on offer

BRA has a vibrant and diverse extra-curricular programme ranging from Young Einstein’s and Bridge to Water Polo and Film clubs.

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Pupils went on to study at Russell Group Universities in 2023

The 24 leading world-class research intensive universities in the UK.

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Different musical groups and choirs

Music plays a significant role in life at Belfast Royal Academy and the school is rich in opportunities for pupils wishing to develop their musical talents.

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Feeder Primary Schools in 2023

A diverse range of new first year pupils came to join us this year from primary schools across greater Belfast and much farther afield.

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Subjects offered at AS and A2 Level

We are proud to offer an extensive range of subjects and our pupils have access to many courses which extend beyond the requirements of the Curriculum.

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of only 7 HMC schools in Northern Ireland

HMC independent schools are internationally recognised as the world’s highest achieving schools and a kite mark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education.

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What makes BRA special is how accepting and welcoming everyone was to me as a new pupil in Form 1. I felt I was part of something brilliant since my first day as a pupil here. My favourite subject is History as I love learning about the past.

Shimous Aidaroos
Form 3
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There are quite a few things I like about life at BRA. I like the teachers and the way they always keep us motivated. I like learning new things and the teachers often have creative ways of making us learn.

Mollie Ainslie
Form 3
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My experience throughout my school career in BRA has been very enjoyable. I have made four really good friends, all from different places and backgrounds. I know we will be friends for life.

Bhuvanesh Venkatesan
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I love the opportunities we’re given at BRA to participate in extra-curricular activities. We all encourage one another, like a big family and I love how included I have felt from day one.

Emma Harvey
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Choosing to go to BRA was one of the best decisions I have ever made because the sporting and academic opportunities available to me have been incredible!

Kristopher Mills

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Preparatory department

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We wish to nurture our primary pupils through quality classroom learning and a wide extra-curricular experience, thus ensuring that our pupils achieve a genuine love of knowledge and a sense of personal achievement.


Key Stage 3

Where bright futures begin.

Our youngest pupils are set to embark on their learning journey at Belfast Royal Academy.

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Key Stage 4

Busy but balanced.

In Form 4 our pupils are moving to maturity, working through Key Stage 4 and enjoying their school experience.

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Sixth Form

Challenging and stimulating.

We create the perfect environment for our pupils to achieve excellent examination results whilst also developing their personal and leadership skills.

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If these walls could talk

Learn about the history and untold stories of Belfast Royal Academy.

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Supporting our future

The support of generations of alumni, parents, staff and friends provides the basis upon which the School has been able to provide the level of education, facilities and activities that have enriched the education of all our pupils.

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Our office is open 8:15am - 4:15pm Monday to Friday.