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  • Admissions

  • Subjects

    Belfast Royal Academy is proud to offer an extensive range of subjects and our pupils have access to many GCSE, AS and A-level courses. Find out more.

  • Academic Curriculum

    Belfast Royal Academy is a co-educational grammar school in Northern Ireland with a long tradition of developing individual talent and encouraging ambition.

  • Key Stage 3

    Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a broad curriculum in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, developing knowledge and skills across a wide range of subjects.

  • Key Stage 4

    Pupils in Key Stage 4 (Forms 4 and 5) follow a common core curriculum and then choose from a range of subject options. Download the GCSE Choices Booklet.

  • Sixth Form

    Pupils in Lower Sixth study 3-4 subjects to AS level and most continue with 3 subjects in Middle Sixth to A2 Level. Download the A Level choices booklet.

  • Examinations

    Information and timetables on internal tracking tests prior to external CCEA Northern Ireland examinations. Reports are communicated via the SIMS ParentApp.

  • Leaver Destinations

    In 2020, over 95% of Belfast Royal Academy’s Year 14 pupils achieved places at their chosen universities with 54% going on to Russell Group Universities.

  • Learning Support

    Belfast Royal Academy works to promotes the inclusion of all pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Find out more about our Learning Support Team.

  • About our School

    We believe that education has the power to transform lives. Every pupil is given the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects and activities.

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  • Welcome

  • Vision

    At Belfast Royal Academy our pupils are given every opportunity and the support they need to fulfil their potential in school and life. Read more.

  • History

    Founded in 1785, Belfast Royal Academy is the oldest school in the city. Nearly 300 years in the making, imagine the stories these walls could tell.

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  • Board of Governors

    Management of the School shall be vested in the Board of Governors. Governors have responsibility for the overall character, ethos and aims of the School.

  • Pupils

    Belfast Royal Academy is a school where pupils feel valued and respected. Read about our Pastoral Care resources, Pupil Portal, Career and Revision Guides.

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  • Pastoral Care

  • Art & Design

    Specialist teaching across drawing, print, textiles, ceramics, modelling and graphic design. Information on Art teaching staff and curriculum choices.

  • Biology

    Biology subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Business Studies

    Business Studies subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Chemistry

    Chemistry subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Classics

    Classics subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Computer Science / Digital Technology

    Computer Science and Digital Technology curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Drama

    Drama subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. GCSE and A Level students attend the theatre as part of their course.

  • Economics

    Economics subject and curriculum information across GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • English Language

    English Language subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Specialist teaching rooms and dedicated library facilities.

  • English Literature

    English Literature subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Literary study is promoted by our School Library and ICT suite.

  • French

    French subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Regular timetabled classes with a native speaking Language Assistant.

  • Geography

    Geography subject teaching and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Coastal and rivers fieldwork trips at all levels.

  • German

    German subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Links with Queen's University, the Goethe Institut and the NICILT.

  • Government & Politics

    Government & Politics Sixth Form subject choice and A Level curriculum information. Northern Ireland Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Health & Social Care

    Health & Social Care subject curriculum information across AS and A2 Levels. Includes placement experience in health and social care settings. Read more.

  • History

    History curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Taught in historic Crombie Building classrooms with digital material facilities.

  • Home Economics / Food & Nutrition

    Home Economics / Food & Nutrition subject information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Subject units and teaching staff details. Read more.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics and Further Mathematics curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Opportunities to enter UKMT challenges and competitions.

  • Music

    Music subject information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Purpose-built facilities and equipment including a recording studio and 11 practice rooms.

  • Physical Education

    Physical Education curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Sport. Facilities include 21 acres of playing fields and a swimming pool.

  • Physics

    Physics teaching and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE, A2 and AS Levels. Facilities include 5 laboratories with extensive apparatus.

  • Religious Education

    Religious Education curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Visiting speakers and trips are part of the pupil's subject experience.

  • Sociology

    Sociology is available at Advanced Level with the WJEC syllabus. Read more on the AS and A2 Subject units and teaching staff details.

  • Spanish

    Spanish subject and curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Teaching includes trips to Spain, school exchange and visiting speakers.

  • Technology

    Technology & Design subject and STEM curriculum information across Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Levels. Purpose-built systems and planning rooms and workshops.

  • Introduction

    Our extra-curricular programme aims to give all pupils the opportunity to engage in a range of activities which help enhance their self-esteem and skills.

  • Introduction

    The School aims to give its pupils a balanced relevant education. As much freedom of choice as possible is offered at Key Stage 3, GCSE, AS and A2 levels.

  • Extra-Curricular

  • Sports

    The School enjoys over 21 acres of grounds at Roughfort Playing fields. The main School site has a Sports Centre, Fitness Suite and 25 metre Swimming Pool.

  • Duke of Edinburgh

    Pupils from Form 3 upwards can participate in our DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. Read more.

  • Music

    Instrumental and choral musical activities are on offer outside the classroom during lunchtime and after School. Groups include Chamber Choir and Big Band.

  • Drama

    Drama is an integral part of English at Belfast Royal Academy as well as being a discrete subject at Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • The School Day

    Morning arrival and School finish times. Assembly, early arrival and weekly timetable period hours.

  • Staff Directory

    Belfast Royal Academy Senior Leadership, Subject Teacher, Classroom Assistant, Technician and Support staff lists. Find out teaching staff names by Subject.

  • Policies

    Read and download Belfast Royal Academy school policy documents across all areas: General, Academic, Medical, IT and Data, Pastoral.

  • Other Clubs & Societies

  • Councils

  • Trips

    Our exciting annual programme of trips and tours provides unforgettable experiences for pupils – enriching their lives and expanding their capabilities.

  • House System

    Every pupil who attends Belfast Royal Academy is assigned to one of four ‘Houses’ which they represent during their time at the school. Read more.

  • The Library

    The School Library is a large, bright area on the first floor of the Crombie Building. Pupils of all ages may help in the daily running of the library.

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  • Publications

    Download and read the latest editions of School publications; Prospectus, The Owl, Annual Reports, Inspection Reports and Alumni Newsletters.

  • Transport Links

    Times and routes for bus and train services to Belfast Royal Academy. Morning and afternoon services from Yorkgate Train station and North-West Belfast.

  • Reporting a Concern

    Read about our process for reporting concerns and find contact details for our Safeguarding Team.

  • Pastoral Care Structure

    Read more on our Pastoral Care governance structure - staff points of contact and lines of communication.

  • Health & Wellbeing

    Our School Matron is on duty daily from 9am-3:10pm. The Matron is a registered nurse who deals with pupil medical issues and provides support and guidance.

  • Online Safety

    Belfast Royal Academy embraces the use of ICT and is committed to educating all pupils and members of staff on the importance of eSafety.

  • Safeguarding & Child Protection

  • Support Us

    Find out more about how you can support the Belfast Royal Academy vision to provide a rich and rewarding experience for every pupil.

  • Why Support BRA?

    Why your support helps Belfast Royal Academy enrich the education of all our pupils. Discover the projects created thanks to our generous supporter network

  • Our Vision

  • The 1785 Foundation

    Read more on our Annual Fund, the 1785 Foundation - a new and important way in which you can support Belfast Royal Academy on a regular basis.

  • Ways to Give

    We warmly welcome gifts of any value as well as bequests. There are a number of ways in which donations can be made to the school. Read more.

  • Legacy

    Many generous alumni have chosen to remember Belfast Royal Academy in their will. Read more about the hugely positive impact of past bequests.

  • Sponsorship

    Increase positive association and awareness of your organisation, by having your logo displayed as a sponsor at various events and in school publications.

  • Bursaries & Pastoral Support

    The School has a range of bursaries to assist pupils, based on financial need, to participate in schools programmes. Read more about funding a bursary.

  • Contact Us

    We are hugely grateful to all our generous benefactors who wish to support the School. To find out more please contact our Development office.

  • Alumni

    We are incredibly proud of all our former pupils and the impact they have had and continue to have both in Northern Ireland and around the world.

  • Keep in Touch

  • The Academy Alumni Association

    The Academy Alumni Association allows you to find, reconnect and maintain lifelong links with the school. Complete our free Membership form to join.

  • News & Events

  • Old Boys’ Association

    The Belfast Royal Academy Old Boys’ Association was established in 1931 to promote fellowship among former pupils. Read more.

  • Old Girls’ Association

    Belfast Royal Academy’s Old Girls' Association has members from all over the world and is comprised of female past pupils and teachers. Read more.

  • Friends of the Academy (FOTA)

    Friends of the Academy (FOTA) is a group of parents and staff, both past and present, who are committed to promoting a sense of community within the school

  • Notable Alumni

    Read about some of the numerous notable Belfast Royal Academy alumni who have moved on to successful careers in a wide variety of different sectors.

  • Pupil Support

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Factsheets from local charity Extern for pupils. Useful links and details on external mental health advice agencies.

  • Parents

    Information for parents of Belfast Royal Academy on Term Dates, Uniform, Fees, Catering Options and more. Sims Parent app guidance and registration steps.

  • Term Dates

    View 2021 / 2022 Term Dates. Key dates for holidays, exceptional closures and study days.

  • Our Calendar

    View 2021/2022 Term Belfast Royal Academy calendar dates for examinations, assessments, extra-curricular events and activities and staff development days.

  • Uniform

    Guidance on Belfast Royal Academy Uniform requirements for Boys and Girls including details of official school outfitters.

  • Fees

    Read details on Belfast Royal Academy compulsory annual charges and supplementary parental contributions.

  • Catering Options

  • Reporting an Absence

    Information about reporting an absence in advance and the case of unexpected absences. Contact our Attendance Line: 028 90754761.

  • Positive Behaviour Policy

    We believe the most effective form of discipline in School is self-discipline. Download our Positive Behaviour Policy.

  • SIMS Parent

    Read more about the SIMS Parent app which we use to communicate key information with parents, accessed either through the mobile app or via the website.

  • Pupil Resources

    Online classroom links, revision programmes, I.T. support and careers guidance resources for pupils. Login links to C2K, Google Classroom and Unifrog.

  • Pupil Portal

    Pupil Portal - pupil login links to C2k, Google Classroom and Outlook. Microsoft Office and Forgotten Password guidance provided.

  • Careers

    Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) activities at Belfast Royal Academy help develop the employability skills of our pupils.

  • Revision Guide

    Download the Belfast Royal Academy Parents Revision Guide for GCSE and all levels. Advice and tips on effective mind maps, flash cards and Cornell notes.

  • Vacancies

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  • Career Department Aims

    Read about the aims of the Belfast Royal Academy Career Department. Careers education is delivered initially through Learning for Life and Work.

  • Unifrog

    6th Form career guidance tool Unifrog brings into one platform every undergraduate university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK.

  • I.T. Support

    I.T. Support Contact Form for assistance with any school-related I.T. issues, for example, C2K My-School, Google Classroom or Sims Parent access.

  • Honours Awards & Prefects

  • Transition & Induction

  • Library News and Events

    Find out what's on in the Library at Belfast Royal Academy. The School Library is on the first floor of the Crombie Building in the heart of the School.

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  • Life At BRA

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  • Thanks

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  • Sixth Form Life

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  • Gifts of Support from the U.S.

  • Role Models

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