About Dunclug College
The school opened as Dunclug High School in September 1971, and was named after the townland of Dunclug. Meaning, 'fortified hill' the name symbolises the school as a focal point in the community on the north side of Ballymena. As the school has grown, developed and secured the support of the community, it has drawn its intake from north, south, east and west of Ballymena and the surrounding rural areas of the borough. Known as Dunclug College since before the millenium the school is non-selective and caters for all abilities, offering a blend of general, applied and practical vocational courses form Year 8 through to Year 14. There are good links with the Ballymena Learning Community, including some opportunities for collaboration with other local schools and NRC.
School Ethos and Vision
Following consultation in 2006, the staff and Board of Govenors, agreed to a new school motto of "Ad Vitam Paramus" which translates as "Preparing for LIfe". This short statement perfectly encapsulates the ethos of the school as we strive to prepare our pupils for the rest of their personal and working lives.
We endeavour to live out our vision statement which claims "We provide a high quality child-centred education in a caring environment, built upon good personal relationships and honest partnership. Through achievement and the development of mutual respect, all pupils are challenged and encouraged to become valued citizens."
The College caters for the full range of ability, provides a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3, a wide range of academic and vocational subjects at Key Stage 4 and has developed a relevant 6th Form Programme offering 28 subjects. Pupils are taught in streamed classes and encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular, pastoral and enrichment activities.
Our School Song