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  • The Royal School Armagh
    College Hill
    County Armagh
    BT61 9DH
  • Head: Graham Montgomery
  • T 028 3752 2807
  • F 028 3752 5014
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Southern ELB
  • Pupils: 792; sixth formers: 264
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: Day £4,100 - £4,416 (non-EU); Boarding £8,296 - £12,750 pa
  • Open days: See school web site
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

There is an impressive quad where you can no longer park your carriage but which is now used for barbecues, and the crunchy gravel is a deterrent to illicit flits between the boys’ and girls’ boarding houses. There is a strong sense of history and tradition.  The aim is ‘to work smarter not harder,’ and pupils are taught how to learn and how to be organised. If someone is underachieving the school looks at the full picture including the home situation.  'Rugby is almost a religion,’ said a pupil, although another said that ‘you don’t feel excluded if it is not your thing as the school has a strong arty side too’...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2018, Graham Montgomery, previously principal of Cookstown High School. Read politics and modern history at Queen's Belfast, where he also gained a PGCE. He joined Friends' School Lisburn as a resident boarding master and taught history and government & politics, becoming head of year and latterly head of sixth form and senior teacher with pastoral responsibilities. In 2012 he was appointed vice-principal pastoral and acting principal at Cookstown High School, becoming principal in 2013.


One hundred pupils are admitted each year – 90 on the basis of academic ability with the remainder made up by boarders.

At 11+ via common entrance assessment exam (similar to the English 11+) – the school is oversubscribed twice over. Children come from the school’s own prep school and 33 feeder primary schools in Armagh, Portadown...

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