The Education of the whole person
It was T.S. Eliot who said: “It is only by taking the risk of going too far that we know how far we can go”. The school is dedicated to whole person education and to providing experiences both inside and outside the classroom which aim to extend pupils in every possible way, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence.

About Us

The Royal School is wholly committed to whole person education. Pupils acquire confidence by being encouraged into new experiences outside their comfort zone. Increased self-esteem accrues from successful participation in such activities. In light of this, as many extra-curricular activities as possible are offered by the staff at the school.

Our Mission Statement

The Royal School Armagh aims to provide its pupils with an education which in its wholeness will enable them to achieve their full potential in academic, social, moral and spiritual terms. The values of the School, both implicitly and explicitly, reflect and are informed by the reformed tradition of the Christian faith. The School warmly welcomes the presence of pupils and staff of other Christian traditions, other world faiths and those with no religious convictions.

The Royal School , Armagh was founded in 1608 by James I. It has been regarded since then as one of the leading schools in Ireland and a school which achieves considerable academic success. The school is co-educational with modern facilities.

The school welcomes children of all faiths and offers an excellent caring and learning environment of over 700 pupils from the ages of 5 to 18 with accommodation for 90 boarders including a new dedicated sixth form boarding facility which provides an effective transitional step between school and university.  All pupils study for GCSE examinations and the vast majority continue to study for A-Levels and then progress to universities and colleges throughout the United Kingdom.

Situated in 27 acres of grounds,  it is close to the centre of Armagh – an ancient city which is widely renowned for its cultural, sporting and educational activities.  Features of the city include two Cathedrals, a Planetarium, an Astropark, attractive open spaces, excellent leisure facilities and fine Georgian buildings.  Armagh is about 45 minutes from the Belfast airports and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dublin Airport.

Courses are offered in 24 GCSE subjects and 25 A-Level subjects.  Facilities include science and technology laboratories/workshops, six computer suites, a lecture theatre, a study hall, a sixth form centre and a library.  Every classroom has a number of networked PCs and most rooms are equipped with interactive white boards.

School teams regularly participate in inter-school competitions and to a high level.  Facilities for sport include playing fields for hockey, rugby and cricket, tennis courts, a running track, a squash court, a fitness room and a sports hall.  There is a very wide range of non-sporting, extra-curricular facilities and school tours are regularly organised for visits throughout Europe. Music is a particular strength of the School.