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News and Events

We are keen to hear and share news of our alumni. We produce three newsletters a year, featuring School news and updates and also highlights from the Old Boys’ and Old Girls’ Associations. Your contribution, feedback and suggestions are always welcome; if you have a story or piece of news that you think others would be interested in, please email the Development Office and send any relevant photos to


Forthcoming Events

Alumni Reunions for 50th, 40th and 30th Anniversaries
Calling all alumni from the classes of 1971, 1972, 1982 and 1992. Can you believe for some of you it is nearly 50 years since you left school, and for others it is 40 or 30 years? We would love to invite you back to Belfast Royal Academy to celebrate these milestones and give you the opportunity to reunite and catch up with old school friends you may not have seen in many years. You will also have the chance to have a look round the school and see for yourself all the developments and changes that have taken place since you left. We are asking these anniversary years to save the following dates:

Class of 1971 - 50th Anniversary - Friday 13th May 2022

Class of 1972 - 50th Anniversary – Friday 20th May 2022

Class of 1982 - 40th Anniversary – Friday 27th May 2022

Class of 1992 - 30th Anniversary – Friday 10th June 2022

We are inviting you to join us for a complimentary celebratory luncheon in the school. Please do spread the word with any former classmates who you keep in touch with. To find out more and confirm your attendance please email


Recent News


Former pupil Dr. Patricia D. Jackson OBE., FRCPCH has recently been honoured with her election as President of the Scottish Paediatric Society in this, its Centenary Year. After leaving BRA, Patricia qualified in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, and then trained in Paediatrics specialising in neuro-developmental disorders. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2017 for services to children with additional support needs and charity. Dr Jackson continues teaching and researching and works with several children’s organisations on a voluntary basis. She is proud to have been a founder member of CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland), is a Board member of ‘The Yard’ an adventure playground for children with special needs, Vice Chair of Down Syndrome Scotland, and past Vice Convener of Children in Scotland. Patricia would be delighted to hear from any alumni living and working in Scotland particularly those with a shared interest in children and young people’s health.

We would like to congratulate former pupil, Miss Amanda McCabe, FRCS (paeds), on her recent appointment to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Amanda left Belfast Royal Academy in 1987 to study Medicine at Nottingham University and has been a consultant paediatric surgeon for 13 years, based at Ninewells Hospital Dundee and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young Adults in Edinburgh.

In November 2020 Stephen Bailie, Principal of Parkhall Primary School, Antrim, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education and the community during the Covid pandemic. Stephen led the creation of a local hub which supported 11 schools within the Antrim and Randalstown area and, in so doing, provided a lifeline in supporting families with key workers.

Host a Reunion

If you would like to host a reunion for your class, please get in touch with the Alumni Office who can provide guidance and support when setting up the event.


Get in touch

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