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.

PHILOSOPHY - 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.
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.

The school is 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.


Ten years ago, Royal School Armagh lifted the Schools’ Cup.


The late John McCall personified the school’s grit and determination in that cup-winning year.

Click here to read the Irish Times article.

Now playing a selection of songs by the School Choirs and Orchestra



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