STRABANE Academy is a controlled, co-educational and non-denominational grammar school. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome all children, regardless of religion, race, or social background. We are proud of the diversity of our pupils and seek to be inclusive in all our activities. Our caring ethos, pastoral activities and induction programme provide excellent support and help lay the foundations for future success and happiness. We are very much a part of the Strabane community, a small school, with a great family spirit which is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes all children regardless of religion, race, or social background.
At Strabane Academy we emphasis individual fulfilment and the pursuit of excellence. The school demands high standards of work and conduct and whilst the focus is on academic excellence, we believe in a growth mind-set where pupils’ most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point and they need to be working purposefully in order to grow. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments later in life.
The quality of the teaching and learning lies at the heart of every successful school and within Strabane Academy we have a team of highly motivated, caring and professional staff, both teaching and non teaching, dedicated to making education enjoyable and whilst ensuring that the pupils are challenged also ensuring that they are respected and valued within a safe and caring learning environment. The pupils have access to a wide combination of academic and vocational courses.
On entry to year eight, they are streamed into classes according to ability using the Transfer Test scores and also the standardised scores which we receive from our feeder Primary Schools. The strength of this is the continuity of a very strong academic stream whilst having the ability to cater for the needs of those children who, for whatever reason, did not sit the entrance exam or who did not gain access to the academic stream but who we believe, will flourish later in their development having been given the time to thrive.
There is a strong, clearly structured pastoral system that guarantees dignity and respect, which can identify problems early and respond quickly to them. This underpins the strong ethos of achievement for all pupils equipping them with the necessary skills to prepare them for their future role in society. I am absolutely delighted to be able to write that our new school build on the Derry Road has begun. This is a fantastic step forward and one which will ensure that your son or daughter will have access to the most advanced and modern suite of educational facilities in the area.
The completion date is December 2019 and until then we will continue to operate a Junior campus on the Derry Road and Senior campus on the Liskey Road.
With a maximum number of 350 pupils on either campus, the pupils benefit from all of the advantages of a small close-knit community and yet have access to a curriculum that has a broad range of subjects to meet all of their needs. We warmly invite pupils and parents to come and visit our open evening on Thursday, January 24 to experience for themselves the warmth, energy and caring ethos that exists here.
The principal’s address will begin at 7pm and you will have the opportunity to talk to the staff, the pupils, and parents with experience of the school, as well as seeing the excellent facilities and examples of the work produced by the pupils.