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News and Events

We are keen to hear and share news of our alumni. We send out regular communications with 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 1973, 1983 and 1993. 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. Dates for these anniveraries in 2023 will be confirmed in due course.

To find out more please email

Alumni Annual Dinners

Dinners are held annually in Edinburgh and London. The 2023 London Dinner will be held on Friday 10th March in the Royal Air Force Club, Picadilly, London. Details of the Edinburgh dinner will be confirmed in due course.

For further information and to reserve your place at one of the dinners, please email Dr Louis Campbell or contact the Development Office

Old Boys' Annual Dinner in Belfast

The Annual Old Boys' Dinner will take place in the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Saturday 26th November 2022.

For further information please email Dr Louis Campbell.


Recent News


Academy alumna, Professor Janice Carruthers has recently been made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ambassador to the UK. Janice is Professor of French Linguistics and Dean of Research within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the structure and evolution of the French language and on language and identity in France. This international honour is fitting recognition of Professor Carruther’s dedication to developing French culture, and French language education over many years. Her exceptional and innovative vision and leadership have not only made Queen's a leader in the field, but have also paved the way for new and exciting research collaborations

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.


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