Rockport School

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Coordinates: 54°39′54″N 5°46′23″W / 54.665°N 5.773°W / 54.665; -5.773

Rockport School
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Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
Type Independent school; day and boarding
Established 1906
Headmaster Mr George Vance LLB BEd PQH

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Age Range 3 to 18
Greens v Whites: Inter-House Tennis at Rockport School

Rockport School is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls from 3 years to 18 years. Situated in 25 acres of woodland on the shore of Belfast Lough in Craigavad, near Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland between Belfast and Bangor.[1]

The school was founded in 1906[2] by Geoffrey Bing, a 29 year old former teacher at St Andrew's School, Southborough in Kent. The school began with four pupils, an assistant master and a matron. Bing remained as headmaster until 1945. The school quickly grew in size and now has around 200 pupils and accepts boys and girls from the age of 3 until 18.[2] as day or boarding pupils. The school celebrated its centenary year in 2006 by building a new Arts Centre which was opened by local North Down Westminster MP Lady Sylvia Hermon.

The school sends some pupils on to study in leading UK independent schools (recently these have included Glenalmond, Gordonstoun, Fettes, Harrow, Rugby and Stowe) as well as to Grammar Schools in Northern Ireland. [2]

The Headmaster is a member of the 16 Group of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and the school is represented by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

In January 2014 the school became the first school in Ireland, north or south, to be granted regional membership of the international conference of Round Square Schools

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