We are delighted that you are considering The Royal School as your first stage in education. We recommend that you obtain a prospectus, find a few quiet moments to read all about us, and then submit your application in good time.

At the Royal School, Armagh we believe firmly that character can be developed and that pupils can become exceptionally rounded. Impelling pupils into carefully designed experiences without their comfort zone; pushing them to strive to master something they think they cannot do and the sense of achievement, confidence and self-esteem which accrues from doing just that is the development of character!

Paul Crute, Headmaster

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    When I first came to the Preparatory Department I was quite nervous, however I settled in no time as both teachers and pupils were very welcoming. The time I had at the Preparatory Department was brief as it was my final year of primary education, yet I gained a lot of knowledge from my teachers, made many friendships and I am very happy that I have been part of the ‘Prep family’.
    Alexandria Lee
    I joined P7 after moving house, having previously attended a different primary school.  Everybody welcomed me from day one and the teachers couldn’t have been nicer.  The Prep is a small yet caring environment  … like a family really.  During P7 we worked hard for the AQE tests, but also managed to fit in lots of fun things – we had a trip to Paris which was amazing, we went to the Share Centre for some outdoor fun, we also had days out to the cinema, the pantomime and other events.  The school encourages everyone to participate in the many concerts and plays that are run throughout the year and there are great opportunities to take part in a range of after school activities.

    My teacher, Mrs Carson- McClenaghan was the kindest, most welcoming person.  During my year at the prep I have made many friends that I will hold throughout my senior school years and hopefully beyond.  I have also happy memories that will last a lifetime.  I found that by attending the Prep, when I went to the senior school as a new Year 8 pupil – I wasn’t worried about being somewhere new and strange.  I had already got to know my way around and knew a lot of the senior school teachers and staff.  I am now in Year 10 in the RSA and doing well.  I still love school and take part in as much as I can fit in, including being a member of the school rowing team.

    Lucy Patterson, P7
    I look back on my time at the Royal School Preparatory Department with feelings of happiness and gratitude. I feel very lucky to have been able to make the most of the opportunity I was so lucky to have. The homely atmosphere and traditional values of manners and respect for everyone made it a very happy place to be. Small class sizes along with the caring and encouraging teachers gave me the best possible start in my academic and social life. I really enjoyed my time at the Royal School Preparatory Department.
    Adam Edgar, Year 11
    I used to go to RSA Prep and I loved it there because of my friends, teachers, PE and of course our trips. My P6/P7 teacher Mrs Carson- McClenaghan is very encouraging, funny and passionate about her job. She also helped me to be who I am today. Two of my best times there, were going to Paris and also the the Share Centre. We also had lots of fun activities. One of them that I really enjoy still today was rugby. The Prep had after school clubs like the ICT club, sport’s club and others as well. This is why I love the Prep.
    Tayyib Majid