B.R.A. Prospectus Additional Info 2019

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Belfast Royal Academy - Prospectus Additional Information for Parents - 2019

INTRODUCTION & AIMS

BELFAST

ROYAL

ACADEMY

ADDITIONAL

INFORMATION

FOR PARENTS

2019/20

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS 2018 I 1


INTRODUCTION & AIMS

2 I BRA PROSPECTUS


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION & AIMS

GENERAL INFORMATION

UNIFORM

EATING IN SCHOOL

CURRICULUM

CAREERS EDUCATION

PUBLIC EXAM RESULTS

UNIVERSITY PLACINGS

UNIVERSITY COURSES

A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY

PUPIL PROGRESS

CONTACT

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INTRODUCTION & AIMS

PRINCIPAL:

WARDEN (CHAIR) OF

THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

MRS H WOODS

MR K KNOX

The BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY was founded in 1785

and is the oldest school in the city. Originally situated

near St. Anne’s Cathedral in what is now Academy

Street, it was transferred to the Cliftonville Road in 1880

when the present building was erected. For more than a

century the school was named Belfast Academy. In 1888

Queen Victoria granted permission for the school to style

itself the BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY.

It is a voluntary grammar school and its management is

vested in a Board of Governors on which parents and

teachers are represented, along with Governors elected

by Members of the Academy and nominees of the

Minister of Education.

AIMS

BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY exists to serve the

interests of its pupils. It seeks to ensure that:-

• PUPILS ARE WELL-TAUGHT AND DEVELOP

THROUGH THEIR WORK AND SELF-DISCIPLINE,

SELF-CONFIDENCE AND A RESPECT FOR

KNOWLEDGE: THEY ARE WELL-PREPARED FOR

THE REQUIREMENTS OF TERTIARY EDUCATION

AND EMPLOYMENT.

• PUPILS ARE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY,

THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN A WIDE RANGE

OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, TO

ESTABLISH THEIR INDIVIDUALITY, DEVELOP

SKILLS AND INTERESTS AND ENJOY WORKING

SUCCESSFULLY WITH OTHERS.

• PUPILS ARE TAUGHT (OR CONFIRMED IN)

DECENT STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR: THEY

SHOULD HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND BE

WILLING TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY BOTH IN

SCHOOL AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

ADMISSIONS

For September 2020 entry the number of places for

Form I is 200.

Admissions information is renewed each year by the

Education Committee of the Board of Governors.

Details of admission arrangements for September 2020

are published in the Education Authority NI Post Primary

Enrolment 2020 Guide for Parents. Alternatively, please

visit the school website at www.belfastroyalacademy.com

or contact the Principal’s Secretary.

ATTENDANCE

Period:

01/08/2018 to 30/06/2019

WHOLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE :

95.5%

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UNIFORM

1. Pupils should not wear clothes which are not approved.

2. Where there is uncertainty, the Head of Year should

be consulted before new items of clothing are

purchased.

3. All clothing should be clearly named: this is especially

important with training shoes or other items of P.E.

equipment.

4. No jewellery should be worn (this includes all studs,

sleepers etc).

5. If clothing is damaged and it is necessary to wear

non-regulation uniform for a short period, this should

be reported to the Head of Year who will supply a

covering note.

6. There are no prescribed uniform top-coats, but they

should be plain and black or navy-blue in colour.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT PUPILS WILL

WEAR SHIRTS TUCKED IN, TOP BUTTON

IN AND TIES UP AT ALL TIMES.

The Official Outfitters are;

WARNOCKS LTD., 791-793 Lisburn Road (100m from

Balmoral Traffic lights);

SCHOOL DAYS LTD, 432 – 434 Newtownards Road,

Belfast;

R. GORDON AND SON, 10A Green Street,

Carrickfergus;

THE SPORTS COMPANY, Cityside (Yorkgate);

THE JEANERY AND THE SCHOOL ROOM, 2 Goland

Buildings, Glencairn Park, Glengormley;

PODIUM 4 SPORT, 40 Montgomery Road, Belfast;

Gilmores, 395 Antrim Road, Belfast.

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EATING IN SCHOOL

The Canteen operates a cashless system. Pupils record

payment using digital imaging (a fingerprint) at the till

point. Pupils may use cash to “top-up” their account at

one of the two revaluation units in school. These units

accept 20p, 50p, £1, £2 coins, and also £5 and £10 notes.

Alternatively, parents may wish to credit the account by

a payment through the Bursar’s Office or by making an

electronic payment (cheques should be made payable to

Compass).

SCHOOL LUNCH

School lunch is provided in our Dining Hall; the cost is at

present £2.70 per day. The cost to pupils of this meal is

subsidised by the Government and represents good value

for money.

Some children are entitled to free meals, and parents

are urged to consider their rights in this matter, with the

assurance that arrangements are entirely confidential

between the parents concerned, the Education Authority

NI and the School Bursar. Full information about who

is entitled to free meals may be obtained from the

Education Authority NI. The appropriate amount will be

credited as a subsidy on a fingerprint system each day to

pay for lunch only.

Instead of taking a school lunch, a significant number of

our pupils make use of our extensive cafeteria facilities.

PACKED LUNCH

Pupils may exercise the option of bringing packed lunches

to school, but those who do so must eat them at the

time and in the place arranged by their Heads of Year.

HOME

Pupils who live near to School may go home for lunch

at the written request of their parents. Such application

should be made annually, within the first week of term.

Please note that -

Permission will not be given for pupils to have lunch in a

cafe or in another pupil’s home.

Transport arrangements must be such that he/she may

be back in School no later than 1.05 p.m.

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CURRICULUM

KS3 SUBJECT

NO. OF PERIODS (PER FORNIGHT)

YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10

ART 3 1 2

BIOLOGY 2 2 2

BUSINESS STUDIES - - 3*

CAREERS - - 1

CHEMISTRY 2 2 2

COMPUTER SCIENCE - - 3*

DRAMA - 1 3*

ENGLISH 5 5 5

FRENCH 5 3 3

GEOGRAPHY 3 3 3

GERMAN - 1 3*

HISTORY 3 3 3

HOME ECONOMICS 1 1 3*

IT 1 1 -

LATIN 2 2 3*

LLW 2 2 3*

MATHEMATICS 5 5 6

MUSIC 2 2 2

PE 2 2 2

PHYSICS 2 2 2

RE 2 2 2

SPANISH - 1 3*

TECHNOLOGY 2 3 3*

TOTAL 44 44 44

All pupils have 4 periods of games per fortnight and a

tutorial period once a week.

*Option subject, 3 periods per fortnight.

For a full list of Key Stage 4 and Sixth form curriculum and

awarding bodies please see pg. 19-20 of prospectus.

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CAREERS EDUCATION -

CEIAG

CEIAG refers to the range of careers education,

information, advice and guidance provided by the School’s

Careers Department, subject specialists and other

external agencies. They aim to develop the necessary

career management and employability skills which pupils

will need to make them employable, and allow them to

make informed choices and decisions which will affect

their future education, training and employment.

All aspects of CEIAG are considered very important

for each pupil’s school experience. The provision

reflects the school ethos which encourages each pupil

to have high aspirations and achieve their full potential.

High importance is placed on individual guidance and

provision of experiences of a variety of workplaces and

professions.

The Careers Department structure involves an

experienced team who link up with the subject

departments and Heads of Year with the aim to:-

• make pupils and parents aware of as wide a spectrum

of careers as possible

• develop realistic self-assessment

• help pupils and parents in times of doubt and difficulty

about future plans.

In Form I, pupils will

• receive one 1-hour period of Employability (LLW) for 9

weeks, when pupils have the opportunity to examine:

• their own skills and qualities

• aspects of the global economy and changing

world of work

• concepts of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

• maintain a Pupil Digital Profile. Pupils will carry out

a self-review and evaluation and set future targets.

Pupils are encouraged to consider future careers when

setting targets.

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PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS

Number of pupils in Year 12

Percentage entered for 7 or more subjects

Percentage achieving 7 or more passes A*-C

Percentage achieving 7 or more passes A*-C

including English and Mathematics

ENTERED A* (%) A (%) B (%) C*

ART 30 16.7 26.7 23.3 1

BIOLOGY 128 13.3 39.8 27.3

BUSINESS STUDIES 56 12.5 19.6 19.6 2

CHEMISTRY 134 18.7 37.3 15.7 1

COMPUTER SCIENCE 38 2.63 28.9 21.1 2

TECHNOLOGY 50 12 16 38

ECONOMICS 9 11.1 44.4 0 3

ENGLISH 201 7.46 36.8 40.8

ENGLISH LITERATURE 183 7.65 33.9 35 1

FRENCH 124 8.06 22.6 14.5 2

GEOGRAPHY 56 5.36 28.6 30.4

GERMAN 16 0 50 18.8

HISTORY 79 15.2 40.5 22.8 1

HOME ECONOMICS 12 8.33 8.33 16.7 3

ICT 10 0 40 30

BCS 11 0 36.4 18.2 1

LATIN 6 16.7 66.7 0

MATHEMATICS 201 11.4 57.2 26.4 3

FURTHER MATHEMATICS 71 19.7 49.3 21.1 5

MUSIC 21 9.52 47.6 23.8 1

DRAMA 16 18.8 43.8 25 6

PHYSICS 103 15.5 38.8 22.3 1

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 199 7.04 31.2 26.1

SINGLE AWARD SCIENCE 10 0 0 50

SPANISH 46 19.6 30.4 15.2 1

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 23 17.4 43.5 13

TOTALS 1834 11.1 36.5 26 1

CUMULATIVE % 11.1 47.6 73.6 8

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GCSE JUNE 2019

Number of those with a Statement of Special

Educational Needs

Percentage achieving 5 or more passes A*-C

Percentage achieving 5 or more passes A*-C

including English and Mathematics

(%) C* (%) C (%) D (%) E (%) F (%) G (%)

3.3 16.7 13.3 3.33 0 0 0

7.3 11.7 6.25 0.78 0.78 0 0

.6 23.2 14.3 8.93 0 1.79 0

.7 12.7 6.72 8.21 0.75 0 0

1.1 23.7 13.2 7.89 2.63 0 0

8 14 12 6 2 0 0

0 33.3 11.1 0 0 0 0

0.8 11.9 2.99 0 0 0 0

5 16.9 4.92 1.09 0 0.55 0

.5 20.2 11.3 17.7 4.03 1.61 0

.4 19.6 7.14 5.36 3.57 0 0

.8 0 0 18.8 12.5 0 0

2.8 13.9 5.06 1.27 1.27 0 0

.7 33.3 8.33 25 0 0 0

0 0 30 0 0 0 0

.2 18.2 18.2 0 9.09 0 0

0 0 0 0 16.7 0 0

6.4 3.48 1 0.5 0 0 0

1.1 5.63 2.82 1.41 0 0 0

3.8 14.3 4.76 0 0 0 0

5 6.25 6.25 0 0 0 0

2.3 16.5 4.85 0.97 0 0.97 0

6.1 15.1 12.1 7.04 0.5 1.01 0

0 40 0 10 0 0 0

.2 15.2 10.9 6.52 2.17 0 0

13 13 8.7 4.35 0 0 0

6 13.8 6.87 4.36 0.98 0.38 0

3.6 87.4 94.3 98.6 99.6 100 100

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BELFAST ROYAL

ACADEMY SEEKS

TO GIVE ITS

PUPILS A BROAD,

BALANCED

AND RELEVANT

EDUCATION.


WE ARE A SCHOOL

WHERE PUPILS

FEEL VALUED AND

RESPECTED FOR

WHO THEY ARE AND,

THEREFORE, OUR

PUPILS ARE OPEN

TO THE LEARNING

EXPERIENCES

AND ADVANCES

AVAILABLE TO THEM.


PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS

Number of pupils in Year 14

Percentage achieving 3 or more passes A*-C

ENTERED A* (%) A

ART AND DESIGN 11 0

BIOLOGY 55 12.7

BUSINESS STUDIES 52 3.85

CHEMISTRY 49 10.2

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY 16 0

ECONOMICS 20 5

ENGLISH 12 0

ENGLISH LITERATURE 25 8

FOOD AND NUTRITION SCIENCE 3 0

FRENCH 12 25

FURTHER MATHEMATICS 7 71.4

GEOGRAPHY 17 0

GERMAN 3 33.3

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 23 4.3

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 18 0

HISTORY 17 5.88

LATIN 2 50

MATHEMATICS 63 14.3 3

MOVING IMAGE ARTS 3 0

MUSIC 4 25

PHYSICS 31 9.68

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 13 0

SOCIOLOGY 26 38.5

SOFTWARE SYSTEMS

DEVELOPMENT

18 0

SPANISH 11 9.09

SPORTS STUDIES 9 11.1

TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN 12 8.33

THEATRE STUDIES 10 10

TOTALS 520 10.6

CUMULATIVE % 10.6

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A LEVEL JUNE 2019

Number of those with a Statement of SEN

Percentage achieving 2 or more passes A*-E

A (%) B (%) C (%) D (%) E (%)

36.4 18.2 27.3 18.2 0

20 30.9 23.6 9.09 3.64

23.1 50 15.4 7.69 0

24.5 18.4 20.4 20.4 6.12

6.3 25 31.3 12.5 18.8

50 30 15 0 0

0 41.7 50 8.33 0

24 40 24 4 0

33.3 33.3 33.3 0 0

41.7 16.7 8.33 8.33 0

0 28.6 0 0 0

23.5 52.9 11.8 11.8 0

0 0 66.7 0 0

26.1 47.8 21.7 0 0

5.56 77.8 16.7 0 0

23.5 47.1 17.6 0 0

0 50 0 0 0

30.2 25.4 25.4 4.76 0

0 100 0 0 0

0 50 0 25 0

12.9 29 25.8 12.9 6.45

15.4 30.8 38.5 15.4 0

26.9 30.8 3.85 0 0

11.1 27.8 27.8 22.2 11.1

27.3 36.4 27.3 0 0

88.9 0 0 0 0

25 25 33.3 8.33 0

20 50 10 10 0

23.5 34 21.3 8.27 1.92

34 68.1 89.4 97.7 99.6

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PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS

Years 12, 13 & 14

GCSE 2013 2014 2

PERCENTAGE OF YEAR 12 PUPILS

GAINING 5 OR MORE GCSES AT

GRADES A*- C

NORTHERN IRELAND GRAMMAR

SCHOOL AVERAGE FOR 5 OR MORE

GCSES AT GRADES A*- C

PERCENTAGE OF YEAR 12 PUPILS

GAINING 7 OR MORE GCSES AT

GRADES A*- C

NORTHERN IRELAND GRAMMAR

SCHOOL AVERAGE FOR 7 OR MORE

GCSES AT GRADES A*- C

95 98

97 97

88 93

94 93

A-LEVEL 2013 2014 2

PERCENTAGE OF YEAR 14 PUPILS

GAINING 3 OR MORE A-LEVELS AT

GRADES A*-C

NORTHERN IRELAND GRAMMAR

SCHOOL AVERAGE FOR 3 OR MORE A

LEVELS AT GRADES A*- C

PERCENTAGE OF YEAR 14 PUPILS

GAINING 2 OR MORE A LEVELS AT

GRADES A*- E

NORTHERN IRELAND GRAMMAR

SCHOOL AVERAGE FOR 2 OR MORE A

LEVELS AT GRADES A*- E

78 70

77 76

99 98

100 100 1

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RESULTS 2013 - 2019

4 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

97 98 100 100 97

97 97 97 97 Not known

91 95 94 93 93

94 93 Not known 93 Not known

4 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

73 71 73 74 74

76 75 79.6 78.1 Not known

99 99 98 100 100

100 100 100 100 Not known

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UNIVERSITY PLACINGS

UNIVERSITY PLACINGS

NO. OF PUPILS

Belfast Metropolitan College 5

Bradford University 1

Cardiff University 1

Durham University 2

Edge Hill University 1

Edinburgh Napier University 1

Harper Adams University Newport 1

Keele University 1

Lancaster University 4

Leeds University 1

Liverpool Hope University 1

Liverpool John Moores University 4

London Metropolitan University 1

Loughborough University 1

Manchester Metropolitan University 1

Newcastle University 4

Northumbria University 2

Nottingham Trent University 1

Queen's University, Belfast 53

Royal Halloway, University of London 1

St Andrews University 3

St Mary's University College, Belfast 1

Staffordshire University 1

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2019

UNIVERSITY PLACINGS

NO. OF PUPILS

The Northern School of Art 1

Trinity College, Dublin 2

Ulster University 19

University of Aberdeen 2

University of Birmingham 1

University of Brighton 1

University of Bristol 1

University of Cambridge 1

University of Dundee 5

University of Edinburgh 2

University of Exeter 1

University of Glasgow 2

University of Kent 1

University of London Institute in Paris 1

University of Manchester 2

University of Reading 1

University of Salford 1

University of South Wales 1

University of Strathclyde 1

Other:

Deloitte Bright Start Programme 1

Employment 1

Gap Year 36

PWC HLA 1

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UNIVERSITY COURSES

UNIVERSITY PLACINGS

NO. OF PUPILS

Accounting/Finance 4

Architecture 1

Arts (Art History/Costume

Interpretation/Dress Making/Fashion)

Biochemistry 2

Biomedical/Biological Sciences/

Clinical Science/Microbiology/

Biological Engineering/Biomedical

Engineering

Business Management/International

Business/Business Studies/Marketing/

Business Economics/Business with

Drama

Computer Science/Software

Engineering/Business Information

Systems

Economics 3

Education 4

Engineering (Chemical, Electronic,

Electrical, Mechanical and Structural)

English 5

Film Studies and Production 1

Forensic Science 2

Geography 3

Health & Social Care (HNC) 1

History 4

International Relations 1

Languages (French/Modern and

Medieval Languages)

Law/Criminology 8

Mathematics 7

4

12

11

12

10

2

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2019

UNIVERSITY PLACINGS

NO. OF PUPILS

Medical Practice (HNC) 1

Medicine 8

Midwifery 1

Music 2

Natural Sciences 1

Nursing 5

Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical

Biosciences

Physics 4

Physiotherapy 1

Politics 2

Psychology 8

Social Behaviour Science (HND) 1

Sports and Exercise Science/Sport

Business/Sports Studies/Rugby

Coaching and Performance/Applied

Golf Management

Veterinary Nursing 1

Other:

Deloitte Bright Start 1

Employment 1

Gap Year 36

PWC HLA 1

2

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A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY

An important part of life at BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

is participation in school games and other clubs and

societies. Participation in the school games’ programme

is compulsory for everyone in Forms I-V. School games

enable pupils to have fun, keep fit and make friends.

In addition to taking part in the games programme, pupils

should aim to become involved in at least two other

extra-curricular activities. Everybody is different so pupils

are encouraged to try things which interest them – the

range is so wide that there should be something which

everyone will enjoy.

The full range of extra-curricular activities available to

pupils can be viewed on the school website.

SCHOOL POLICIES

Many of the school policies are available on the school

website and copies are available on request from the

Principal’s Secretary. The key policies that may be of

interest are:

• Safeguarding and Child Protection

• Anti-Bullying

• Anti-Cyber Bullying

• Special Educational Needs

• Charging Policy

If at any time a parent/guardian has concern for the

pastoral aspect of their child’s welfare in school they

should contact the school immediately to speak to the

Head of Year or Pastoral Vice Principal, Mr Wilson.

MONITORING OF PUPIL PROGRESS

The progress of a pupil is monitored in a variety of ways

by several members of staff:

• Through the homework diary parents and

subject teachers can communicate concerns or

praise;

• Parents can communicate with Heads of Year

and /or Senior Staff;

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PUPIL PROGRESS

• Twice yearly reports are sent out after

examinations;

• Parents and subject teachers can thoroughly

discuss progress during Parents’ Evenings;

• Progress will be monitored through the setting

and marking of homework, Topic Tests and

examinations;

• Each pupil fills in a progress file and sets their

own targets for the year ahead;

• Pupils are encouraged to set targets in all

subjects;

• Pupils are provided with help and information on

how to revise and prepare for examinations;

• Pupils are encouraged to join two extracurricular

activities to enable them to progress

outside the classroom.

If at any time a parent/guardian has concern for

the progress of their child they should contact the

appropriate Head of Year to discuss any issues.

CONTACT

If you require a paper version of any of the documents,

please contact the school by telephone, email, fax or

letter.

Contact details are set out below:

Email:

info@bfsra.belfast.ni.sch.uk

Tel: 028 90 740423

Fax: 028 90 750607

Address:

Website:

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

5-17 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, BT14 6JL

www.belfastroyalacademy.com

In line with legislative requirements, the School has a

policy, detailing information which is accessible to parents

on request. Copies of this policy may be obtained from

the Bursar’s Office.

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BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

CLIFTONVILLE ROAD, BELFAST, BT14 6JL

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