Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Carrickfergus Academy, an all ability, non-selective school for pupils aged 11-18 in the Carrickfergus area and beyond.

As a school, we are committed to providing all the young people in our community with an educational experience that promotes aspiration, excellence and endeavour in a caring, pupil centred environment.

The school itself is situated across two neighbouring campuses, with Key Stage 3 pupils on the Junior Campus who then transition to Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form on the Senior Campus.

At the Academy we provide a broad and balanced curriculum across all Key Stages. We are particularly proud of the extensive range of academic, vocational and occupational courses

available to our young people at Key Stage 4 and 5. We believe that this choice helps open up a range of pathways ensuring success for all across a variety of careers, trades and professions.

Our pupils have many opportunities to grow, both inside and outside the classroom. We value the development of the whole child and to that end we encourage all pupils to make the most of our many extracurricular activities on offer.

Our overall aim is that each young person has a happy and fulfilling learning experience throughout their time with us. We want each child to take every opportunity, to accept every challenge and develop persistence and resilience.

As a school, we will challenge each young person to be the very best they can be. We will expect high levels of achievement as well as positive behaviour and a responsible and respectful attitude. We value the relationships with our families believing that this is central to achieving the best for our young people.

We are proud of our pupils, school and community.

Through this website, we hope to give you a sense of what we believe is a happy, vibrant, inclusive and caring school. If you have any additional questions or queries or would wish to visit our School, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Dr P Downing



Carrickfergus Academy