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Coordinates: 54°10′51″N 6°20′30″W / 54.1808°N 6.3418°W / 54.1808; -6.3418

Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry
Scoil Ghramadaí Mhuire, An tIúr
Chequer Hill, Newry BT35 6DY

MottoOra et Labora
("Pray and Work")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Local authorityEducation Authority (Southern)
PrincipalMrs Fiona McAlinden B.Sc. (Hons), PGCE, M.Ed., PQH (NI)
Age11 to 18

Our Lady's Grammar School is a girls' grammar school in Newry, Northern Ireland. It is at Chequer Hill, on the County Armagh side of the Newry River.



Our Lady's was founded by the Sisters of Mercy. It first opened its doors on November 21, 1887, with only nine pupils. Initially lessons took place in a room in the Mercy Convent, but by 1894 the school was located in a four-storey house in Canal Street, Newry. The numbers of boarders and day-pupils gradually increased and the school expanded over a large site between Canal Street and Catherine Street. By the early 1980s there were 660 pupils and a new school building was in urgent need. The new building was opened at Chequer Hill in 1992. The school currently has an enrolment of about 850.[1]

In 2017 Arlene Foster the leader of the DUP visited the school at which she expressed being ‘uplifted’ after meeting pupils studying the Irish language.[2]


Our Lady's Grammar School has a long tradition of high performance in academics.[3] In 2018 96.8% of its entrants received five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths.[4]

80.9% of its students who sat the A-level exams in 2017/18 were awarded three A*-C grades.[5]

Notable AlumniEdit


  1. ^ "Newry School Has A Tradition Of Excellence". Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  2. ^ [1]; accessed 27 May 2017
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE 2018". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Belfast Telegraph A-Level: Northern Ireland School League Tables 2019". Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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