Aims and Ethos


Banbridge Academy was founded as a private school in 1786 and moved to its present location, Edenderry House, in 1950. The attractive grounds of 40 acres create an impressive setting for the suite of buildings and extensive sporting facilities. The new extension and programme of refurbishment completed in 2011 provide modern and impressive facilities in which learning can take place and in which the aims of the Academy can be achieved.

Banbridge Academy is a co-educational and non-denominational grammar school which seeks to provide a regulated and happy environment with a pleasant atmosphere in which its pupils and staff can strive to achieve their full academic, personal and professional potential. The school seeks to provide a wide, stimulating and enjoyable educational experience rooted in values of honesty, openness, integrity, tolerance and respect for each individual as a person.

Mission Statement

Banbridge Academy’s mission statement is the pursuit of excellence in a caring and supportive environment.


Our central aim is for everyone to be happy at school, known personally and cared for individually. Our emphasis is on nurturing the whole person and to that end in addition to our academic pursuits a rich diversity of artistic, dramatic, musical and sporting activities are also on offer.

Our specific aims are:


To assist, guide and stimulate pupils in working for academic excellence and to their full potential and to gain useful and relevant for adult and working life.


To socialise pupils by the development of positive, co-operative and tolerant attitudes and behaviour and an awareness of their own cultural heritage and of wider horizons.


To assist each child to reach personal fulfilment and happiness and to develop the qualities of self-esteem, self-reliance, physical and spiritual well-being, moral responsibility and self-discipline.


To provide for the professional development and fulfilment of the staff both as an intrinsic aim and as a means of achieving the other aims of the school.


To provide a wide and useful extra-curricular programme which provides outlet for a range of interests and opportunities to promote the acquisition and development of skills and abilities.