Welcome to Dunclug College




September Events


Monday 1st - Year 9, 10 & 14 begin


Tuesday 2nd - Year 11 & 12 begin


Wednesday 3rd - Year 13 Induction


Thursday 25th - Year 8 Parents' Check-In Evening


Tuesday 30th -  Year 9 Target Setting


Senior Prefects Dunclug College


A Level pupils receive their grades


Congratulations to all!

GCSE Pupils get their GCSE Results







The symbol of a heart had dual purpose at Dunclug on Friday 14th February!

Many pupils declared their affections through the 'Valentine Postal Service', raising funds for the Bristish Heart Foundation and the school's new defibrillator.


In addition, pupils and staff competed against each other on the tread mill to heighten awareness of healthy lifestyles.  There was great excitment throughout the day, over £1,500.00 was raised!


Thanks to Y14 pupils for their organisation

Key Sponsors: McNeills, Broughshane


School life @ Dunclug
A four minute show of pics from the year including other keys aspects of school life.
School slide show 201213.wmv
Windows Media video format [20.3 MB]

• The “Down to Earth” chat . . .
Thedirectorypage.com is a straightforward way to get your message shared with an online community. It is about using the Internet to get people back on our local high streets, to inform and educate folks about all the things that Ballymena and the local area has on offer.

We love Ballymena and our small team is dedicated to promoting healthy business relationships and content sharing around our local community.

Drum Major of the 1st Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadet Force Corp of Drums


Congratulations to Matthew Collins in Year 14.  He is the first cadet to receive the stripes of Drum Major in Northern Ireland.  Matthew joined the cadets at the age of 12 and has climbed to this prestigious rank at the age of 17.  


Click here to find out more about the cadets 


Lauren Miniss, a Year 12 pupil holds the rank of Sergeant.  Sergeant Miniss joined at the age of 12 and is a flautist with the 1st Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadets Force Corp of Drums. 

A snap shot of 2011/12
School slide showTT2012.wmv
Windows Media video format [19.4 MB]
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.


Click Here






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 of 2013/14!

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