Ballymena Academy

Ballymena Academy
Mottoes Tenax Propositi
Established 1828
Type Grammar
Headteacher Mr Stephen Black
Location 89 Galgorm Rd
County Antrim
BT42 1AJ
Northern Ireland, UK
Coordinates: 54°52′21″N 6°17′19″W / 54.872508°N 6.288643°W / 54.872508; -6.288643
Local authority Education Authority
Staff 93
Students 1200
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Knocklayde, Lurigethan, Slemish, Trostan
Colours Black/navy and red               
Publication The Braid
Website Ballymena Academy

Ballymena Academy (founded 1828) is a mixed gender grammar school located in the market town of Ballymena in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It was founded in the early nineteenth century as a small provincial school for children in the town and surrounding agricultural hinterland.


The school currently has approximately 1200 pupils and 93 members of teaching staff. The school has 88 acres (360,000 m2) of mature grounds situated on the Galgorm Road, just west of the town centre.

The school motto is Tenax Propositi meaning Steadfast in Purpose.

Its current headmaster is Mr. Stephen Black who became headmaster of the school following the retirement of Mr J. R. Hassard.

Hassard announced on Tuesday, 19 November 2013, that he intended to retire at the end of August 2014. On Friday 7 March it was announced that Mr Stephen Black (former headmaster at Antrim Grammar School) would take on the role of headmaster on 1 September 2014.

Coat of arms

The red hands are borrowed from the Adair family arms, who gave the 1-acre (4,000 m2) of ground on which the original school was built, itself represented by the blue rectangle below. The ant represents hard work. The badger on the crest, accompanied by a lamp representing learning, is a pun on 'Brocklamont', site of the new school buildings, with 'brock' being an archaic word for badger. Sporting, academic, musical and other arts achievement are recognised by the award of a similar but distinctive coat of arms worn on the school blazer and also by the presentation of Honours Ties.

Notable former pupils


The main boys' sport at Ballymena Academy is rugby, with the most recent success occurring at Ravenhill, Belfast. The school won the 2010 Ulster Schools Cup final when they beat Belfast Royal Academy by 10 points to 7.[1] Previous wins were recorded in 1972 and 1981. The school has also won the Subsidiary Shield on seven occasions - more than any other school.[2][3][4][5][6]

The medallion (under 15) team has won the Medallion Shield once in 1970. A share of the shield was secured twice after drawn finals.[7][8]

The main girls' sport is hockey and the Ulster Schools Cup has been won outright on six occasions. The trophy has also been shared a further three times after drawn finals. The most recent win was in 2001.


  1. "BBC Sport 2010 Final report". BBC News. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  2. Belfast Newsletter. 15 March 1976. p. 10. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Ballymena Academy triumph over Regent House!". Ulster Rugby. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. "Northern Bank Ulster Schools' Round Up Saturday 24th March 2007". Ulster Rugby. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. "Disappointment for Coleraine Inst". Coleraine Times. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  6. "Northern Bank Ulster Schools' Round Up". Ulster Rugby. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  7. Northern Whig & Belfast Post. 17 March 1951. p. 2. Missing or empty |title= (help) and Northern Whig & Belfast Post. 21 March 1951. p. 2. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Ballymena Observer. 27 March 1969. p. 8. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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