Welcome to Dunclug College


Dunclug College: Was good to meet some new prospective sixth formers today - exciting to provide post-16 pathways for wide range of pupils. #preparingforlife (Thu, 25 Aug 2016)
Was good to meet some new prospective sixth formers today - exciting to provide post-16 pathways for wide range of pupils.
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Dunclug College: Some pictures of our happy GCSE students this morning! more photos on the school website #success #hardworkpaysoff (Thu, 25 Aug 2016)
Some pictures of our happy GCSE students this morning! more photos on the school website
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Thursday 18th Aug - GCE Results

available from 9am


Thursday 25th Aug - GCSE Results 

available from 9am


Thursday 25th & Friday 26th

INTERVIEWS for Application to Sixth Form

make an appointment with the office



           2016 GCSE Success at Dunclug College!



Pupils collect their results!


August 2016



An Outstanding A Level Year at Dunclug College


Dunclug College has continued to develop a strong profile of A Level subjects and the number of students studying A level, and has enjoyed year on year improvement in A Level performance over a five year period.  Students have excelled in 2016, celebrating an 18% improvement, with 72% of all students achieving 3 or more grades in the A – C range.  These results equal or outperform a number of schools designated Grammar or Bilateral and confirm the well-documented fact that students do not need to qualify for an Entrance Test at 11 to achieve successful A Level outcomes.  91% achieved 2 of their grades in the A – C range, while 41 students in total gained a minimum of one A grade in a very worthy round of personal achievement.  It is also encouraging to note that 87% of all Grades were C or better and 97% were Grade D or better.  The Principal congratulated students, their teachers and families for a team effort which has been so deservedly rewarded. 


The Business Faculty was delighted to achieve 28 Distinction Star Grades, 1 Distinction and 1 Merit grade in Business Administration, and also, 100% Grades A – C in both Applied Business and Travel & Tourism.  Other subjects which achieved a 100% pass rate in the A – C range included:  Art, Applied Science, English Literature, Home Economics, Moving Image Arts, Performing Arts, Religious Studies, Technology, Engineering & Child Care.  This was closely followed by extremely high pass rates in ICT, Health & Social Care, and BTEC Sports, while there was significant improvement to 50% A – C passes in the areas of Biology and Maths.


Special congratulations go to the following pupils for outstanding individual performances:

3  x A* grades – David O’Neill

A*, A, B – Emma Fleck, David Fullerton, Timothy McIntyre, Blair Purdy, Callum Weir

2 A* grades, 1 C – Chelsea Doyle

A* B, B – Courtney Chesney, Samantha Dennison, Philip Dunlop, Calvin Letters, Nicole Norris, Glenn Service, Chloe Young

A* B, C – Bethany Kate Bayliss, Marshall Gillan, Matthew Hayes, Lois Manson, Rachel Mitchell, Witney Ross, Jamie Speirs, Ryan Surgenor, Gemma Watson, Peter Wilson

A*, C, C – Emma Jordan, Naomi Law, Ruth McNeilly

A, B, B - Laura McKeown, Ellen McMullan

A, B, C - Hannah Crawford, Erin Keenan

A, C, C - Danielle Douglas, Ellie Letch, Emma Mills

B, B, C – Kirsty Clarke, Kathryn Francey, Kirsty Fraser, Phillip White


….plus many other high grade combinations which hold great promise for the future.


The Governors are delighted that all students in this well-engaged year group are ready to embark on an onwards pathway of choice and wish them every blessing and happiness going forward.  



Pupils collect their results!





Thursday 25th Aug - GCSE Results 

available from 9am


Thursday 25th & Friday 26th

INTERVIEWS for Application to Sixth Form

make an appointment with the office

“Can you believe it?” Paul met Jackie!


Year 13 Journalism student Paul Alexander recently met Ballymena born television presenter and sports journalist Jackie Fullerton to interview him on his public life and career.


Paul arranged the interview as part of the feature writing element of his AS coursework and topics ranged from Fullerton’s career in football to that infamous interview with Giant Haystacks.




Open Evenings 

Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th January 2016


Peace Promise - Created by Year 10

The A-Level B-Force Team raise funds for charity


£600 was raised for Guide Dogs UK

£250 for Children in Need


The winners of the events:

Shoot the Hoop – Voucher for Sitting Rooms Hair - Rachel Owens

Cross Bar challenge – Signed Ballymena United Football -  Ben Dallas

Guess the Name of the Dog – Buddy – Courtney Stewart

Number of sweets in the jar – 193 sweets – Stewart Graham.

Prize Winners 2015

School Council Dunclug College 


As Head Girl, I inherit a key role in Dunclug College’s School Council and I am excited about what is ahead because of what has been achieved in the past.  Over the last few years, the School Council has been involved in making Sports Day more inclusive.  It has been successful in its request for more seats in the link corridor and outside in the playground area. Through consultation with the pupils and senior teachers, we managed to expand the canteen service with the opening of the salad bar.  Girls now have summer shirts and Year 14, leavers’ hoodies.  Environmental and anti-bullying competitions have been held and members of the School Council this last year were involved in a local democracy event in conjunction with other schools in the Ballymena area and with Ballymena councillors, to learn more about how council meetings are run.  Pupils were given the opportunity to challenge our local councillors about their role in our society and about area proposals – many interesting and taxing questions were posed by our students, simultaneously impressing the councillors and making them squirm!

So, with the high possibility of your suggestions for school improvement being realised, you might be wondering - how can your voice be heard? You can make suggestions to the School Council through the use of the suggestion box, located in the canteen area, or you can speak to any member of the School Council.  Any ideas that you have will be discussed in detail.  School Council members will canvass peers through Form Time, or in Learning for Life and Work, meaning everyone has a say.


Once the School Council has sought the views of the school body, they will devise a proposal to be presented to the Principal.  The Head Prefects will then raise matters that are decided with the Principal at the School Council meetings.  Final decisions will be posted on the School Council notice board.


All issues will be treated fairly and even if it’s not possible to grant a request, it may be possible to find a compromise.  The School Council would like to hear your views and suggestions on every aspect of school life - on rules, routines or the way things are organised, on learning and how you can be supported, on how to deal with issues affecting pupils such as bullying and on improving the social environment of the school.



It is now time to present the elected School Council candidates.  The pupils that you see before you are eager to become involved in school life and they are also willing to listen to your ideas for school improvement and take action and I think they should be commended for this.  I present to you, your School Council.

Prefects 2015-16

Head Boy: David O'Neill

Head Girl: Louise Saunderson

Deputy Head Boys: David Fullerton & Callum Weir

Deputy head Girls: Nicole Backus & Kathryn Francey

The Governors Celebrate Old and New!

The Board of Governors met recently at Leighinmohr House Hotel to mark their appreciation and thanks for those who had given service to the school.  Thanks was expressed to Mr McClintock, Mr Armstrong and Mr Alexander the outgoing chair. 

School life @ Dunclug
A four minute show of pics from the year including other keys aspects of school life.
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Windows Media video format [20.3 MB]
A snap shot of 2011/12
School slide showTT2012.wmv
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How good is your maths? Follow the link!


Accelerated Reader Home Connect for Parents/Carers – link to allow parents view their child’s reading practice at home.


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Accelerated Reader for Pupils– link to allow pupils to complete their reading practice quizzes in school – does not allow access from home.







Do you want to become a ‘Millionaire’?


Get reading and you can!  Take part in Dunclug College’s target to create word-millionaires in the Accelerated Reader programme.  Not only can you win ‘Millions’ but you can develop the skills you need to help you be the most effective learner you can be.

Congratulations to Kyle Fraser on becoming Dunclug College’s first Word-Millionaire

Improve your maths - click here!


Welcome to the Dunclug College 


Our college sits in the heart of the North of Ballymena. Our name means ‘fortified place’ and we trust that sense of peace and solidity is enjoyed by every child who attends. Our badge, in its distinctive black and yellow, depicts the bell and the fort of the townland. Sometimes, from a window or the playground, it seems we can almost reach out to touch Slemish mountain as it oversees our site with its changing faces and moods. Look out for our school magazine, The Bellfort, another variation of the name, which is issued each Autumn, reflecting the experiences and successes of the previous year.


We are an inclusive college - an all-ability 11 – 19 school, fully subscribed at all levels, with a thriving sixth form. Our central purpose is that every child matters and every child can achieve. High standards in learning and in all aspects of living are taught and expected under our motto, ‘Preparing for Life’.


Enjoy a virtual tour of the college, look at details of the curriculum and the enrichments on offer, the results achieved, the pastoral arrangements, the experiences of pupils and staff, the accommodation, the news and the future plans. Enjoy some video footage of the high points… and the lighter moments! We strive to live up to our purpose and ethos both within and beyond the classroom and to make a difference in the community of Ballymena where we live and work and serve.


If you have any questions about the school, please do not hesitate to contact us: we look forward to hearing from you.


Ruth Wilson


About us

We use modern teaching methods to suit the individual learning needs of our students and to build teamwork and a sense of social responsibility. Our modern classrooms are well-equipped, enabling the use of different teaching styles.

Our school

Subject areas taught

All pupils are taught the priority and secondary subjects in line with the Northern Ireland curriculum.

Subject areas

Extracurricular activities

Learning doesn't stop at the end of the lesson, pupils can enrol in a broad variety of extra-curricular activities and develop valuable lifelong interests. We believe that so much valuable work and bonding takes place outside the classroom setting, as a result a large and varied programme of activities take place in the College at lunch time and after the bell rings at 3.20pm.

Extra-curricular activities


Additional support

After school homework supervision is provided by form teachers and Heads of Year and support mentoring by sixth form pupils ensure that all our students are able to keep up with their classmates. Project weeks and exchange programmes offer fun ways of broadening students' horizons and gaining experiences that help them grow.

A pathways programme designed to help pupils work on any issues that may hinder their progress in school is also in place and provides pupils with further support when required.

Additional support