St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena

St Louis Grammar School is a school in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

St. Louis Grammar School
Cullybackey road

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BT43 5DW

TypeGrammar foundation school
MottoUt sint Unim" ('That we all may be one')
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic
FounderSt. louis order
Head teacherSean Rafferty
Age11 to 19
HousesLaragh, Layde, Lisbreen, Lismoyle, Lurig & Lyndon


The school was established in 1924, as the convent of nuns from the St. Louis Order opened their doors to local girls. In 1970 the first boys were admitted and it became co-educational.


Besides the GCSE core subjects of English/English Literature, Mathematics, Religious Education and Science the following optional GCSE subjects are offered to pupils in Key Stage 4: Further Mathematics, Art & Design, Business Studies, Construction, Design & Technology, Drama, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, Information & Communication Technology, Irish, Music, Physical Education and Spanish.

Post 16 pupils are offered a choice of 3 or 4 A-Levels.

In the 2018 Belfast Telegraph GCSE League Table, it was ranked joint first in Northern Ireland for its GCSE performance with 100% of its 2016/17 entrants receiving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths.[1] In the 2019 League Table, it was ranked joint ninth with 99.3 of its GCSE entrants being awarded five or more a* to C grades.[2]

In 2019 it was ranked First among secondary schools in Northern Ireland in terms of its A-level performance for the 2017/18 academic year. A total of 95.4% of its students entered for A-Levels achieved a grade of A* – C.[3]

Sports achievementsEdit

  • Winners of Mageean Cup (Ulster Colleges' Senior Hurling Championship) 2015–16

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE 2018". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE League Table 2019". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Belfast Telegraph A-Level: Northern Ireland School League Tables 2019". Retrieved 21 March 2019.