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The Royal School Dungannon

2 Ranfurly Road, Dungannon, County Tyrone, N. Ireland, United Kingdom BT71 6EG

Age Range & Fees

Age Range11 to 19
Annual Day Fees *£150 to £150
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£7800 to £16800
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£7800 to £16800
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
29Full Boarding21
1Weekly Boarding0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 29
Part-time: 13

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Dr D Burnett, BA PhD NPQH

Founded by Royal Charter in 1608, The Royal School Dungannon (RSD) is one of Ireland's oldest schools. Situated in its own spacious grounds in the market town of Dungannon, it enjoys excellent road links to Belfast and Dublin and their three airports. A recent rebuilding and renovation programme has provided modern classroom facilities across all subjects as well as excellent sporting facilities.

Academic excellence is at the centre of what RSD is about and around 95% of RSD Sixth Formers go to university, including many of the UK and Ireland's leading universities. We value intellectual development in the broadest sense and pupils are encouraged not only to learn about their subjects and be successful in public examinations but also to find out about the world around them and about themselves.

RSD pupils are well-supported by their subject teachers, pastoral staff and specialist staff. There is a commitment to seeing each pupil as an individual and helping every pupil to enjoy school and to reach their potential. The range of extra-curricular activities and the House system provide opportunities for pupils to contribute to a team, take on responsibility and lead.

Our School motto, 'Perseverando', translates from the Latin as "by persevering" and it reminds us that if we want success then we have to work hard and never give up. Central to RSD's ethos is the idea of facing up to failure along the way to success. This is not a school where being right first time, all the time is what matters but a school where working hard to improve is prized greatly. Pupils are encouraged to seek excellence with a sense of resilience and integrity.

RSD offers five and seven day boarding. The Boarding houses have recently been refurbished to offer high-quality, modern accommodation which creates a home-from-home atmosphere. Boarders are looked after by a dedicated Boarding team of teachers, matrons, chaplain and tutors. There is a strong focus on both academic achievement and enjoying school life. Weekends are a busy time with many boarders involved in school sports or taking part in trips and activities, often with a local day pupil's family. For pupils whose first language is not English there is support from the TEFL teacher. There is a great sense of community and working together to support one another and boarders are amongst the highest achieving pupils at RSD at GCSE and A Level.
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What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Psychology
  • Chinese
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Adventure training
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • First aid/life savers
  • Language club
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Shooting
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Pipe band
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Autism
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia
  • MLD
  • Aspergers
  • Delicate/Medical
  • Epilepsy

Method of Entry

  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Siblings

Curriculum and Exams:

  • A Level
    Advanced Level Examinations
  • AQA
    Assessments and Qualifications Alliance
  • CCEA
    Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
  • Edexcel Foundation
  • GCSE
    General Certicicate of Secondary Education
    International English Language Testing

Religious Affiliation:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Christian
  • Non-denominational

Teaching Languages:

  • English
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