Independent schools in Northern Ireland

Discover independent schools in Northern Ireland – nursery, pre-prep, prep and senior – around Belfast, Holywood, Dungannon, Armagh and Coleraine.

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Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Northern Ireland

Entry to pre-prep is normally in the year a child reaches age 5 but some schools offer a nursery provision for the early years as well. Prep schools start at age 8 and go through until transition to senior school at either 11 or 13 years. Some schools offer every stage from pre-prep, prep and senior providing a single school foundation for a child.

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Belfast Royal Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Campbell College
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Rockport School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    200 to 400 pupils

    Royal Belfast Academical Institution
  • Day
  • Boys
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Victoria College Belfast
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Pre-Prep & Prep + Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Senior schools in Northern Ireland

    Entry to senior school is normally at age 11 or 13. Some senior schools also offer a pre-prep and prep, providing a single foundation for a child without the need to change schools.

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    Belfast Royal Academy
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Campbell College
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    Coleraine Grammar School
  • Day
  • Coed
  • Senior

    1,000+ pupils

    Rockport School
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    200 to 400 pupils

    Royal Belfast Academical Institution
  • Day
  • Boys
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils

    The Royal School Armagh
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    700 to 1,000 pupils

    The Royal School Dungannon
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Coed
  • Senior

    400 to 700 pupils

    Victoria College Belfast
  • Day
  • Boarding
  • Girls
  • Senior + Pre-Prep & Prep

    1,000+ pupils