Aims and Ethos

Community of Excellence

The Academy is a co-educational and non-denominational grammar school which seeks to provide a happy environment in which pupils and staff strive to achieve their full potential.  We are a Controlled school, open to those of all faiths and none, reflecting the rich diversity of the community we serve.  At Banbridge Academy, we are a caring community that provides the foundation for excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.

Mission Statement

The pursuit of excellence in a caring and supportive community.


Our central aim is for everyone to be happy at school, known personally and cared for individually. Our emphasis is on developing the whole person through academic excellence and a diverse extra and co-curricular programme.


To create a community of pupils who aspire to academic excellence and fulfil their potential.


To create a community of tolerant citizens who make a valuable contribution to their communities and the world we live in.

To create an environment where individuals are enabled and encouraged to achieve personal fulfilment, happiness and physical and spiritual well-being.


To create a community who make meaningful contributions to a wide range of activities which promote the acquisition and development of skills and abilities and nurture a sense of belonging and identity.


To create a community collectively committed to professional development which meets the needs of all learners.