Banbridge High School opened its doors for the first time on September 1st 1957 with 420 pupils on the register.
In September 2016 our enrolment was 504 pupils with 40 teaching staff.
In March 1997 our new school building was officially opened by the Duchess of Kent. The school has a commanding view overlooking the town and surrounding countryside.
In 1999 we successfully introduced sixth form courses to allow pupils to continue their studies before heading directly to university, other higher education courses or the world of work. In 2007 we marked and celebrated 50 years of learning and achievement, reflecting our school motto ‘leading to success.’
In 2002 we gained a Schools Curriculum Award. The school plays a very active part in Banbridge Area Learning Community. This involves Banbridge Academy, Dromore High School, St Patrick’s College, Rathfriland High School, New-Bridge Integrated College, Southern Regional College as well as ourselves as we seek to extend and expand the range of courses available to all our pupils within the local area. In 2016 we took ownership of a new 2G hockey pitch.
We are proactive in the area of personal health and well-being, and are a Health Promoting School . Sport and extra-curricular activities are an important aspect of life in our school. We also promote concern for the environment both locally and globally. The work of pupils has been recognised locally and internationally with various awards including the Eco-Schools Award.
The school plays a major part in the life and community of Banbridge and district. We encourage pupils to participate fully in the life of our community. We also welcome the involvement of many community based organisations in the daily life of our school.
We pride ourselves on our high standards both of achievement and of care. At Banbridge High School we believe that everyone has an important contribution to make both to the school and the wider community.
Our beliefs are summed up as follows:
- Achievement Academic, artistic, sporting, cultural and in other forms with a focus on teaching and learning.
- Care For students, staff and others beyond the school community.
- Excellent Standards Manners, honesty, personal integrity and uniform.
If you would like to know more and see the place in action then we would be very pleased to show you around. Please contact the school to arrange a visit.