Welcome to Dunclug College


***  October Dates 2016  ***


Tuesday 4th October

* Year 14 Parents' Consultation Afternoon*


Thursday 13th October

* Year 8 Target Setting* 


Thursday 27th October

* Prize Giving*


Friday 28th October

* Year 13 Parents' Consultation - Target Setting*

Staff Development Day


Monday 31st Oct - Friday 4th November




Prefects 2016 - 2017 

2016 - 2017 

Head Boy: Paul Alexander

Head Girl: Maggie Louw

Deputy Head Boys: Christopher Finlay & Ryan Chan

Deputy Head Girls: Rebecca Fowler & Holly McClurkin

               Head Girl Start of Term Address

Good morning everyone. I’m Maggie Louw and proud to have been elected as Head Girl for this academic year.  I’d like to thank everyone, the Principal, all the teachers and staff for all they do to make this school what it is! And you students as well.

I’m proud, not simply because of having been elected – but as your representative, as someone who will speak on behalf of my friends and peers.

My aims are very simple.  I want to see this school being the best it can be in every way.  I would love to see every pupil achieving, I would love to see us creating a pleasant and happy environment –where everyone feels safe and is respected.   I would like us all to have a sense of belonging and a sense of pride in our uniform and in our school.

To achieve this, we need to work together.  We as prefects need to be mindful of your needs and we also want to deserve your respect and to be able to give you advice if we can.

I look forward to an unforgettable final for me and to the best possible year for you – whatever the stage of your journey.

Dunclug College: Handing over our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this morning! Bringing joy to those less fortunate. (Fri, 21 Oct 2016)
Handing over our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this morning! Bringing joy to those less fortunate.
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Mr Oliver: Year 12 TD. Check out Fronter! There is a Yr12 revision room @DunclugTD @dunclugcollege (Thu, 20 Oct 2016)
Year 12 TD. Check out Fronter! There is a Yr12 revision room @DunclugTD @dunclugcollege
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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


Peace Promise - Created by Year 10

           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.  

“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


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

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.
School slide show 201213.wmv
Windows Media video format [20.3 MB]
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.


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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.





Improve your maths - click here!

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