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Lurgan College
College Walk, Lough Road, Lurgan, BT66 6JW, UK Craigavon
Tel. 02838 322083

Welcome to  Lurgan College. I trust that as you browse you will get a flavour of what life is like in the school. Maybe you are a prospective, former or current pupil; maybe you are a prospective, former or current member of staff; or maybe you just want to find out what we do at the College. Whatever your reason for visiting our website, I hope that you find the material both helpful and informative.

In our desire to make the College motto Meliora Sequor ('to follow better things') an everyday reality for our pupils, we are committed to fulfilling the principal aims of the school:

  • To maintain, develop and intensify the growth of the intellectual, spiritual, moral and aesthetic aspects of personality in all pupils;
  • To foster an interest in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including games and physical recreation and to encourage healthy competition in activities academic, cultural and physical;
  • To stimulate and develop attitudes and qualities of integrity, initiative, consideration, courtesy, self-confidence, independence and self reliance in all pupils.

In meeting the above aims, we provide an experience for our pupils which is strongly academic in nature and well supported by an effective pastoral care system. As a selective 14-18 Grammar School we build on the excellent work done by our colleagues in our feeder Primary Schools and Lurgan Junior High 11-14 School.

Enjoy your visit to the website. Should you require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

T D Robinson

School History

As befitted a growing industrial town, Lurgan had a strong educational establishment from the mid 19th Century. The opening of the Model School in 1863 had been the culmination of a period of sustained growth in the Primary Sector. However, the town had no soundly established secondary school, which must have been regarded as a serious short-coming in a middle-class interest. One of the town's leading citizens at the time, Samuel Watts, joint owner of one of the breweries, provided in his will for the endowment of such a school, which was to provide an English, Classical and Agricultural education for boys.

Watts died in February 1850, and the endowment, when it was established, amounted to some £9000. This was to be invested, and the accrued interest used to build the School. It was not until December 1872 that the Trustees considered they had sufficient money to proceed. The School commenced business in a house in Market Street during March 1873, the first Headmaster being Mr. E. Vaughan Boulger, of Dublin. The School buildings themselves, constructed on a site in the townland of Brownlowsderry, were not completed until August 1873, and were officially opened in October of that year.

Boulger left Lurgan in December 1875, to be replaced by Mr. W. T. Kirkpatrick from R.B.A.I. in Belfast. Under Kirkpatrick the school prospered academically and numerically, although not financially. On Kirkpatrick's retirement in 1899, Mr. James Cowan, of Manchester G.S. took over the principalship. Under Cowan, the school faced problems of declining numbers, although he was responsible for the introduction of Science teaching in 1905. Another major development was the admission of girls in 1918. Cowan retired in 1922, leaving a school of under thirty pupils.

The new Headmaster was Mr. V. M. Harper, from Campbell College. He presided over a major expansion in the school. Two major building projects (in 1925 and 1929) coupled with an amalgamation with the Lurgan High School for Girls (1925) transformed the College from a struggling thirty pupil school to a thriving one hundred and fifty pupil establishment. The 1947 Education Act further increased enrolments and led to an increasing dependence on temporary buildings. In 1952 Harper retired, to be replaced by his vice-principal, Mr. J. Trewsdale. Under Mr. Trewsdale the school ceased to be an independent, endowed school, (the endowments were then inadequate for the needs of the College) and became a County Grammar School. A series of building programmes beginning in 1955 and lasting until 1969 saw the provision of a modern suite of buildings well equipped to meet the needs of the area.

In 1960 the new city of Craigavon was developing and with it a radical reform of education provision in the area. The Dickson Plan introduced a modified two-tier system, based on the Leicestershire Plan. The College became a Senior High School under this scheme. Mr. Trewsdale retired in 1978 and was replaced by Mr. N. Eccles from Campbell College. The school suffered, in common with most other schools in Ulster, from a sharp decline in numbers in the early 80's but this has been reversed in recent years, the present population being 418.

Mr Eccles retired in 1988 and was replaced by Mr W. D. Johnston, the second old boy of Royal School Dungannon to become Headmaster of Lurgan College. The Johnston era was characterised by an increase in pupil and staff numbers and a steady improvement in pupil performance in public examinations. The rise in pupil numbers in the senior school, however, was not reflected unfortunately in the Preparatory Department which closed in 2004. In his years as Headmaster Mr Johnston skilfully oversaw the introduction of GCSEs, Curriculum 2000 (changes in sixth form curriculum), Classroom 2000 (ICT provision) and the Local Management of Schools programme which delegated to the school overall responsibility for the spending of its own budget. Working with his Board of Governors, Mr Johnston played a significant role in planning and bringing to fruition the impressive renovation of the school's reception area which was officially opened in March 2005. His retirement in 2005 coincided with the decision of Mr Cyril Johnston, Chairman of the Board of Governors, to retire from the Board after 35 years of sterling service to the school.

Mr Johnston was succeeded by a third Royal School Dungannon old boy, Mr T. D. Robinson, who had previously been Vice Principal at Banbridge Academy.

School Rules

Personal property
  • Students should ensure that all belongings, for example, books, clothing, footwear are clearly marked with their name.
  • School bags must not be left on top of lockers or in corridors - they may only be left in designated areas.
  • Unnecessary valuable items such as CD players, personal stereos, MP3 players and iPods should not be brought into school.
  • Valuable items needed for school activities should not be left unattended by the owner. Provision for such items can be arranged with the relevant teacher.
  • Mobile phones may be used only during break and lunchtime. They must be switched off at all other times. The camera facility on mobile phones must not be used in school. Inappropriately used phones will be confiscated and will be made available for collection by parents at a mutually convenient time.


  • A high standard of dress and appearance is expected at all times. Uniform regulations must be strictly obeyed both in and out of school.

  • Only simple jewellery is allowed (one ring, a watch, one pair of stud earrings for girls - worn   in earlobes). Bracelets are not permitted.

  • Girls' hair accessories must be plain and simple. They must be in school colours - navy or red.

  • Hair must be kept neat and tidy. Extreme hair styles or colours are not acceptable. Boys are not allowed to have long hair and must be clean shaven.

  • Blazers or jumpers must be worn in the corridors.

  • Make-up should be kept natural. Nail polish is not allowed.

  • Shirts and blouses must be fully buttoned, tucked in and long sleeves must not be rolled up.

  • Skirts must not be rolled up.

  • Socks must be pulled up.

  • Only authorised badges should be worn (i.e. school badges, Duke of Edinburgh and major      youth organisations e.g. Girls' Brigade, Scouts).

Students should treat the school and its surroundings with respect. Pupils should not:

  • damage or destroy school property or school notices (including graffiti)

  • drop litter

  • chew gum on school property

  • use abusive / offensive language or behaviour

  • All students are to report to House Teachers for registration at 9.05 am.

  • Students are required to be punctual. Those arriving late must report immediately to the Office where they must sign the late book.

  • A student who wishes to be absent from school for any reason, must bring a letter, in advance requesting the Headmaster's permission.

  • Students may not leave the school grounds before 3.30 pm without the permission of the Headmaster, granted only on written request from parent / guardian.

  • Parents are requested to telephone the school on the first morning of absence.

  • The school will phone home on the 5th day of absence and work may be sent home, if requested.

  • On return to school a note or absence pro forma must be brought stating the reason for absence.

  • This note or absence pro forma should be handed in to the House Teacher on the first day of  return to school at morning registration.

  • Games and P.E. are compulsory for all students.

  • A student who is unable to turn out for P.E. must on the day concerned bring a parent's letter stating the reason.

  • Notes should be given to the P.E. teacher who normally supervises the class.

  • Long-term non-participation will require a medical certificate which should be given to the Headmaster.


  • Students must obtain the Headmaster's permission to bring a car or motorcycle to school.

  • A form, obtained from the Office, must be completed, requesting information on licence, insurance and parents' permission.

  • Cars and motorcycles must be parked in College Walk car park.

  • Bicycles are to be left locked in the shed provided.


Students are not allowed in the following areas without permission:

  • The front lawn

  • Changing rooms, unless changing for P.E. and Games

  • The Sixth Form Centre, except for Year 13 and Year 14 students >- Prefects' Common Room, except for Prefects

  • The Assembly Hall at lunch time

  • Stage, unless directed

  • Staff room and marking room

  • All classrooms

  • The main entrance foyer (except for access to classroom 1)


SMOKING, ALCOHOL, Solvents and Illegal Substances

  • Possession or use of cigarettes, alcohol, solvents or illegal substances is forbidden on school grounds, in school uniform or on school business.

  • For further information, please refer to Drugs Policy.

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