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Admissions

Prospectus

Please take this opportunity to have a look at our Prospectus.
We hope it gives you a sense of who and what we are and what makes the Academy such a unique and special place.

Open Nights

Our next series of School open nights will take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th January 2022. These evenings are an excellent opportunity for prospective pupils and parents to have first-hand experience of life as an Academy pupil, to meet current pupils and staff and to view the facilities.

In the meantime, please do have a look at our Virtual Open Day video which provides you with the opportunity to explore our School and get a taste of the wealth of opportunity on offer to pupils at Belfast Royal Academy.

Form 1 (Year 8)

Where bright futures begin

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions that you make for your child’s future and we hope our prospectus gives you a sense of our vibrant and caring School and the wealth of opportunities available. We would encourage you to visit the School and meet staff and current pupils at one of our Open Days to see first-hand and experience all that Belfast Royal Academy has to offer.

Admissions Criteria Form 1 (Year 8)

Each year we admit 200 pupils into Form 1. Pupils are admitted according to our Admissions Criteria and are administered by the Transfer Office at the Education Authority. Our Admissions Criteria is renewed annually by our Board of Governors. The Admissions Criteria for entry into Form 1 for September 2022 will be published in line with the Education Authority’s deadline. It is not possible to apply directly to the School for a place in Form 1.

 

Post Primary Admissions September 2022

We are aware that until recently there has been some uncertainty over the transfer procedure that will operate during the 2021/22 academic year for post primary admissions. The Board of Governors of BRA remains committed to the principle of academic selection and is planning to admit pupils to Form 1 in September 2022 on the basis of the outcome in the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) provided by AQE Ltd.

The Entrance Assessment papers will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday 20th November 2021
  • Saturday 27th November 2021
  • Saturday 4th December 2021

The School is satisfied that the amendments put in place by AQE Ltd reflect the impact of the pandemic and make these assessments more accessible.

Further details, including FAQs, are available on the AQE website at www.aqe.org.uk

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Forms 2 – 5 (Years 9 – 12)

Occasionally a small number of places may become available in these year groups, depending on enrolment numbers at the start of the academic year. Details of our Admissions Criteria for September 2022 entry can be viewed in the document below. Please follow this link to complete an Application Form.

The deadline for receiving applications for Forms 2 to 5 will be 9th May 2022. Prospective candidates will then be invited to complete set assessments.

The Assessment Day is due to take place on Friday 10th June 2022.

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Sixth Form (Years 13 & 14)

Being part of our Sixth Form is both a challenging and stimulating experience. No-one ever regrets the experience of a wonderful education for those all-important A-level years. We always welcome talented and capable pupils into our Sixth Form to finish off their schooling to their maximum potential. At Belfast Royal Academy we create an environment in which our pupils achieve excellent examination results whilst also developing their personal and leadership skills.

Admissions Criteria for Sixth Form Entry
Pupils wishing to join our Sixth Form will normally require a minimum of 12 points at GCSE (A* = 4 points, A = 3 points, B = 2 points, C* = 1 ½ points, C = 1 point) and are expected to have achieved at least a Grade B in the subjects they wish to study for A level. Entry to Sixth Form is also dependent upon a pupil’s disciplinary record and school attendance. Details of our Admissions Criteria for September 2022 entry to Sixth Form can be viewed in the document below. Prospective candidates should complete the online “Expression of Interest” form here.

 

We would encourage candidates to attend our Open Evenings on 5th and 6th January 2022, the Sixth Form Open Morning on Saturday 14th May 2022 or our specific Sixth Form Afternoon in August. Alternatively, please contact the General Office to arrange an appointment with a Senior Member of Staff.

Sixth Form Admissions 2022
It is important that contact is made with the School as soon as GCSE results are published as places available in the Sixth Form can fill up quickly. Please contact the School Office on 028 9074 0423 to make an appointment and ensure that you bring in a copy of your results and your most recent school report when you attend your appointment.

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Fees

Belfast Royal Academy is a Voluntary Grammar School and as a result it is permitted to levy fees and charges in respect of registered pupils in certain limited circumstances.

The capital fee of £140 per pupil is a compulsory annual charge and should be paid at the beginning of each academic year. In addition, we also request a supplementary parental contribution of £300 per pupil which has remained unchanged over the last 4 years.

The combined annual charge amounts to £440 per pupil, which is equivalent to a daily payment of less than £1.20, which is excellent value for money for the high quality, rounded education offered at our school.

 

Why your help matters

Whilst the supplementary parental contribution is not mandatory, this money goes towards our general school funds and greatly assists in alleviating the growing financial pressures faced by the school. In recent years, you will no doubt be aware of ongoing reductions in grant funding to schools in Northern Ireland. This funding has fallen further and further below the ordinary running costs of the school and the financial position is becoming increasingly difficult. The supplementary contributions we receive from parents are essential to fill the gap and allow the school to continue to provide a quality education for all its students and enable us to offer the wide range of subject choices, as well as the extensive programme of extra-curricular activities. The income provided by parental contributions helps to fund various other aspects of school life, including transport and provision of school buses and development and maintenance of our facilities.

 

Payment options
To facilitate payments, the School operates a system of monthly direct debits for the collection of fees. This monthly direct debit system removes the inconvenience of arranging to pay bills, as once you have signed up, the mandate will continue as long as the pupil remains at the school. The annual fees are paid over a ten-month period from September to June (around the last working day of each month), thereby spreading the charge and making it more affordable.

Belfast Royal Academy is a registered charity and we encourage all parents to take advantage of the HMRC Gift Aid Scheme, which means the School can claim back tax on parental contributions, at no extra cost to you. More information about this scheme is detailed on the Gift Aid Declaration.

If you have any questions regarding Fees or Parental Contributions, please contact the Finance Office on 028 9074 0423 or email bursar@bfsra.belfast.ni.sch.uk

 
 

Contact Us
Should you have any queries with regards to admissions please contact the School Office on 028 9074 0423 or email info@bfsra.belfast.ni.sch.uk

Get in touch

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