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  • The Royal School Dungannon
    2 Ranfurly Road
    County Tyrone
    BT71 6EG
  • Head: Dr David Burnett
  • T 028 8772 2710
  • F 028 8775 2845
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Southern ELB
  • Pupils: 682; sixth formers: 159
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: Day: £5,625 (EU) £10,350 (non-EU); Boarding: £9,150 - £24,000 pa
  • Open days: January/February
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Girls play hockey, as well as recently introduced tag rugby (Ulster champions in 2017), all play cricket and a range of minor sports are offered. All upper sixth take part in an interview day and former pupils who are at university come back and talk. The largest boarding contingent is from Hong Kong – many are the relatives of former pupils who came to Dungannon in the 1970s. Usually over 40 in at weekends and staff put on an activities programme, maybe baking or a trip to a shopping centre or Belfast...

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What the school says...

The School has just undergone an 8m new build and refurbishment to provide the most advanced technical and scientific facilities anywhere in UK. Astoturf hockey pitch and new tennis courts are about to be completed to finish the scheme and to match the superb existing rugby, cricket, shooting and indoor sports hall facilities. Boarders come from all over the world but especially from the Far East to be part of this famous Irish School, the oldest in the country. Academic standards are amongst the highest in Northern Ireland, but equal emphasis is placed upon the development of character, leadership skills and all-round sporting, musical and dramatic ability. ...Read more

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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Dr David Burnett BA PhD NPQH (50s). Educated at Lurgan College, a grammar school in County Armagh and read history and politics at Queen’s University, Belfast where he also took a PhD. He joined King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford via the licensed teacher scheme and gained QTS (qualified teacher status) via on the job training. He became head of history and politics in 1998, moved on to Westcliff High School for boys in 2006 and spent three years as deputy headmaster before taking on the headship at Dungannon. He is married to Nicola and they have two daughters and a son. He hadn’t really planned to come back to Northern Ireland but family reasons pushed him in that direction and he was offered the headship at here.

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Special Education Needs

The school’s special educational needs co-ordinator provides individual education plans and, with the team of domestic/classroom assistants, helps pupils who have a disability or specific learning need. There is careful integration with day-to-day teaching and extra-curricular life to ensure that all pupils can access the curriculum and enjoy school in full. For pupils whose first language is not English there is support from TEFL teachers (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) through after-school classes and, with the help of tutors and teachers, in some timetabled lessons. There is a strong focus on helping new pupils improve both their conversational English to help them settle and make friends and also their written English to help with their studies. The school also offers a specialist counselling service, provided by the Department of Education Independent Counselling Service for Schools and operated via Family Works Counselling. This is an excellent additional service which supplements the pastoral system and supports pupils who are facing a significant difficulty in or out of school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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