We aim to provide a wide range of activities to suit the needs of all of our pupils. We have extensive sports facilities and a number of sports coaches support our PE department in providing many clubs including Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Athletics and Badminton. We have also a wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs including Scripture Union, Numeracy Ninjas, Warhammer and Film Club, so there is always the opportunity to learn something new and meet some new friends.
Antrim Grammar School offers a range of traditional sports together with a wide breadth of opportunity for those who simply want to participate. All this is made possible by the School's excellent facilities: 2G and 3G pitches, sports halls, tennis courts, a fitness suite and excellent grass pitches. Whatever one's level, there will be sport to enjoy at Antrim Grammar School.
Main School Sports
The main school sports in Antrim Grammar School are Boys’ Rugby, Girls’ Hockey, Cricket and Athletics. These sports are organised and delivered by a very committed teaching staff and ably supported by a talented team of external coaches. There are also opportunities for boys to participate in school hockey.
Girls’ Rugby also continues to grow in popularity across several year groups.
Antrim Grammar School is now an official partner with Ulster Rugby’s Year 8 Rugby Pilot Programme which is based on player centred development to facilitate excellent rugby performance. We are amongst a small group of schools chosen to be part of this very exciting initiative and we look forward to building on this partnership with Ulster Rugby.
Girls’ Hockey continues to thrive in competitions, leagues and tournaments. We have celebrated success with the Girls’ 1st XI reaching the semi-final of the Superleague for the first time in the School’s history. Junior Girls’ Hockey have enjoyed success at NEEBSA level for several years now and it’s the PE department’s intention to build on this very positive momentum and take the School’s Hockey to the next level.
The leadership role of the pupils in the life of the school is vital in supporting an ethos of strong community and innovation which speaks for the entire pupil body. There is a wide range of opportunities for pupils to contribute to the school and the wider community at all stages of their career. We believe that it is important for all our pupils to have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills from Year 8 right through to Sixth Form. Leadership opportunities include Student Voice, Captains and Vice-Captains in Sport, Class Captains, the Student Leadership Council, Digital Leaders, Learning and Teaching Group, Literacy and Numeracy Leaders, Prefects, Sixth Form Buddies, Subject Mentors, Language and Science Ambassadors and the Sound and Lighting Team with responsibility for all school events. Through the Character Programme, all pupils are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills in action.
All pupils have many opportunities for school trips throughout their time with us. Some of these trips are an important part of academic courses and occur during term time, but many are optional trips during the school holidays. It is our belief that each trip provides a valuable experience that will help all pupils to develop essential skills for life; confidence, independence, self-sufficiency, respecting others and their property, patience, empathy and cultural awareness.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It encourages young people to push their personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance CVs and University applications.
At Antrim Grammar School the DofE scheme is voluntary with pupils able to enter the Bronze award in Year 10 and Gold award when they pupil turns 16 years old. There is every opportunity for pupils to gain both Bronze and Gold awards and perhaps go to Buckingham Palace to accept their coveted Gold Award.
Potential Start Date
Target Date for Completion of all Sections
The main source of information regarding the Award is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website and almost all you need to know is discussed there.
To achieve an Award, you need to prove what activities you have been doing, show how you have progressed and met the goals you set for each section.
eDofE is the online system that means you can record your DofE programme and activities, and prove what you have done in lots of different ways.
Once you're a DofE participant, your Leader, Mrs Moore, will set up your eDofE account - and you are then ready to start choosing your activities and setting your objectives.
To help you get started and working with eDofE, a number of useful videos have been uploaded onto YouTube at the following web address.
To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants:
- Bronze: 3–6 months
- Gold: 12–18 months
- Residential (Gold Award only): 5 Days
Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of the programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.
If you are unsure whether an activity can count towards your Award or you are stuck for ideas, please consult the web address below:
NOTE: Starting from 2020, Antrim Grammar School has employed a new policy stating that participants can only go on expeditions if they have completed at least 2 of the 3 month sections of their Award. This only applies to those on the Bronze Award. This has been done to encourage a greater number of students to complete their Award.
The Expedition Section is arguably the most exciting aspect of doing the Award. The Award that you are enrolled on will determine how long your expedition will last and the location it will take place.
Each Award demands more time in duration for the expedition:
- Bronze: 2 days, 1 night camping
- Gold: 4 days, 3 nights camping
There will be two expeditions undertaken on each Award, a practice and a qualifier, along with a Navigation Training Day sometime beforehand. The school will organise all expeditions and training and this will be provided by Pathways who are an Approved Activity Provider.
Below is a guide as to what should be taken on a typical Bronze Expedition:
- Walking Boots
- Socks - Cotton or Wool. At Least 3 Pairs
- Water Bottle - At Least 1 Litre
- 2x Packed Lunches
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Cutlery/Eating Utensils
- Change of Clothes
- Washing-Up Equipment
- Personal Medication - If Necessary
- Flip-flops/Sandals - To wear around campsite
- Bug Repellent
- Hat and Gloves
- Emergency Rations
The following equipment will be provided by Pathways Approved Activity Provider:
- Sleeping Bag
- Waterproof clothing
- Trangia - 2 Per Group
- Maps - 2 Per Group
- Compasses - 2 Per Group
Once enrolled on the Award, each participant is entitled to a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
Current Guidance for Pupils who REGISTERED FOR BRONZE AWARD in the last school year (2020-2021)
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic all training and expeditions had to be postponed. We are pleased to report that we are currently organising training and expedition dates for our Bronze 2020, Bronze 2021 and Gold 2022 groups.
There will be an in-school training day for Bronze 2020 group on Sunday 26th September 2021 from 9.30am to 3.15pm. Pupils are asked to bring a packed lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing.
On Sunday 10th October 2021 the Bronze 2020 Group will continue their training with a day at Ardnavalley Scout Centre. Pupils will be transported to and from school, further details to follow.
The Bronze 2020 group expedition will be held on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 2021. Unfortunately we are still unable to provide an overnight stay. Pupils will be collected and returned to school on both days. Equipment required will be discussed at the training days.
Bronze 2021 Group
In-school training day planned for March 2022
Training at Ardnavalley Scout Centre planned for March 2022
2 day Expedition planned for after Easter 2022
Gold 2022 Group
In-school training day – TBC
Ardnavalley Scout Centre – TBC
2 or 3 walking days – TBC
Practice expedition – TBC
Assessed Expedition – possibly end of June 2022/start of July 2022
Advice for Pupils wishing to REGISTER FOR BRONZE AWARD in Autumn 2021
This school year we will be offering pupils the opportunity to participate in Bronze Level. Pupils wishing to start at Bronze level must be currently in Year 10 or above.
Whilst this is a very rewarding scheme, it also requires a high level of commitment in relation to the time that is required to complete all sections. It is important that your child understands that there will be deadlines set and that these must be adhered to, unless circumstances arise where it will be impossible to do so.
Within the award the following elements are to be completed:
- Expedition (Practice & Qualifying)
It is possible to start immediately with Volunteering, Skill and Physical once registered. Further guidance on the expedition element will follow when available.
There are 42 Bronze places available. To register your child’s place, payment should be made via ParentMail. Bronze registration costs £23. (Please note that once you have registered your child, the registration fee will be deducted from the total cost of the fee.)
Registration date TBC.
Estimated costs for registration, training and expedition will be £173. £23 must be paid to register your place with DofE. The remaining costs are to be paid via ParentMail and can be paid in installments.
As soon as your child has been allocated a place Mrs Moore will confirm the dates for training, practice and qualifying expeditions.
Due to the current situation Training and Expeditions may be delayed, however, participants should start their other sections as they must have at least two of these sections completed before being allowed to continue with the expedition section.