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Friends School
6 Magheralave Road, BT28 3BH Lisburn
Tel. 028 9266 2156

Welcome to Friends' School Lisburn
Friends' School is one of nine Quaker schools in Britain and Ireland and shares a common heritage with each of them. Friends' has grown and changed since its foundation in 1774, yet the Quaker belief in care for the individual and in the importance of the development of each person's potential remains central to our ethos and helps us to cater successfully for the different traditions within the wider community of Lisburn and the surrounding areas.

I hope you will visit our website including that of the preparatory school regularly to gain an insight into the whole school community and the range of opportunities we offer.

Elizabeth Dickson (Principal)


Click to closeA wealthy Quaker linen merchant, John Hancock, left £1000 in 1764 for the purchase of land in or around Lisburn on which to build a school. Twenty acres were purchased at Prospect Hill from the Earl of Hertford. In 1774 the first Headmaster, John Gough, took up his post. The school was known as the Ulster Provincial School, and in 1794 became the responsibility of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting, the body representing the Religious Society of Friends in Ulster. Today the Board of Governors is composed of ten representatives of Ulster Friends, four nominees of the Department of Education, two elected parent governors and two elected teacher governors.


By 1900 the School had become a recognised feature of Lisburn life, enrolling non-Quakers as well as Quakers and serving the needs of the general community of Lisburn and district. Under John M Douglas (1929-52) Friends’ emerged as one of the leading grammar schools in Northern Ireland.


The School has continued to grow and develop over the years. Recent building programmes have included the construction of the Sports Hall, completed in 2000, and the refurbishment of all the science laboratories. Significant improvements in the provision of disabled access have been made over the last three years, including the construction of two lifts, giving access to all floors of the West Wing and to all floors of the Main Building. The refurbishment of the former Boarding Department has included the provision of new accommodation for the Geography Department and the expansion of our ICT facilities. We now have four network rooms as well as internet access throughout the School. A purpose built greenhouse and potting shed was completed in November 2004. Home Economics rooms were refurbished in 2005 and the accommodation for Technology and Design was refurbished in autumn 2006.  Project Managers have been appointed to oversee the planning for new school buildings to replace Harding House and to add to our specialist acommodation.  


Although Friends’ School may have changed greatly in its size and physical appearance since its Foundation in 1774, it is our aim to preserve the ethos of the School and to continue to serve the local community.


Values and Aims

Friends’ School seeks to provide an environment in which pupils, staff and parents are committed to the idea of excellence within a caring, supportive community.


The school owes its continuity and stability to its foundation by the
Religious Society of Friends. The present aims are in sympathy
with the general principles of the Society which –

  • values individuals as of equal standing before God
  • accepts the indivisibility of the sacred and secular aspects of life
  • encourages the development of a sense of social awareness through Service.


To fulfil the Mission Statement the following aims have been established

  • To enable all pupils to develop their academic potential and interests
        to the fullest extent
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum relevant to the needs of
        our pupils
  • To foster the self-esteem of pupils and staff
  • To encourage the moral and spiritual development of our pupils
  • To establish a partnership between the School, the parents and the
        local community
  • To prepare pupils for adult life.

Homework Policy

Homework is an essential part of the teaching programme and, in Years 8, 9 and 10, is set in accordance with the Homework Timetable drawn up at the beginning of the school year. Generally pupils in these Years have four homeworks a night, each lasting approximately twenty minutes. Learning homeworks are considered as important as written exercises.

In Years 11 and 12 learning and written homeworks are regularly set in each subject, with advance notice to allow pupils to organise their work and prevent too much falling on one evening. Coursework is an important element of many GCSE courses and coursework tasks may take the place of other homeworks, in a particular subject, at certain times of the year.

In Years 13 and 13, pupils are expected to take much greater responsibility for their study. Guidance in Study Skills is provided and all pupils are encouraged to widen their study through use of the resources provided in the School Library, the ICT Suite and in the Private Study Rooms.

Pupils studying for Advanced levels are expected to undertake four/five hours of study a week in each subject.

Pupils record homeworks in a Homework Planner and, in Years 8- 10, these are checked by Collect and Year Teachers.

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