Our Vision and Aims
Currency is provided through the excellent examination results our students achieve.
Expectations are high in Antrim Grammar School, and our pupils thrive in our environment of high aspirations. Pupils are encouraged to pursue their ideas and knowledge through our challenging academic curriculum. Members of staff demonstrate outstanding expertise, progressive teaching methods and personalised support for pupils on a daily basis. The very positive relationships which exist between pupils and teachers underpin the success of our pupils. Engaging lessons make use of cutting-edge technology to ensure that the classroom is a motivating, exciting and rewarding place to be. We seek to inspire our pupils, and we are proud of our pupils’ achievements. Furthermore, we have a proud tradition of pupils gaining places at the top universities each year, including Oxbridge.
The development of character ensures that pupils possess the skills and qualities required to succeed beyond their examination results. We strive to ensure that all pupils are supported and cared for through our excellent pastoral care system. Our highly skilled pastoral care team enables each pupil to fulfil their potential and to develop the skills and values which will help them to become effective learners. Our school initiative, A Mind to be Kind, promotes inclusivity, respect for each other and kindness within the school community. We strive to create opportunities for pupils to foster their talents through our House System, as well as through a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular experiences. We encourage our pupils to develop their key skills and qualities for life: leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication. We want our pupils to become confident, eloquent and considerate young people, and we strive to instil in them a philosophy for living as global citizens in a changing world.
Culture secures a sense of community and inclusivity which allows pupils to be successful and influential members of society. We are a non-denominational, inclusive school and welcome pupils of all backgrounds, accepting both AQE and GL entrance assessments in Year 8. As a centrally located school with good transport links, students come from a wide catchment area including greater Belfast, Newtownabbey, Crumlin, Lisburn, the greater Antrim area, Ballymena and beyond. Pupils who attend Antrim Grammar School quickly feel at home within the school community due to the warm family atmosphere. The size of the school is a contributor to the very positive culture which exists here. We are able to provide pupils with a broad curriculum alongside many extra-curricular activities, but most importantly, every pupil is known and valued within our close-knit school community. We recognise that every child is an individual with a personal dream.
There is no better way to judge a school than by visiting us. We look forward to welcoming you, so that you can experience all that our unique school has to offer.
Education has the power to transform lives, and it is my privilege to journey with our pupils during their time at Antrim Grammar School.
Mr M T Wilson
The AGS Way