Belfast Boys' Model School

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Coordinates: 54°37′48″N 5°57′47″W / 54.630°N 5.963°W / 54.630; -5.963

Belfast Boys' Model School
Established 1857
Type Secondary

Alan Logan

Other staff= 70+
Location Ballysillan Road
Co. Antrim
BT14 6RB
Northern Ireland
Local authority BELB

Belfast Boys' Model School (previously the Belfast Model School or Belfast District Model School) is a boys only secondary school located in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


During its long history, the Belfast Model School has been located on three sites:[1]

  • Divis Street 1857–1922
  • Cliftonville Road 1922–1954
  • Ballysillan Road (Boys) since 1957

Building of the Belfast District Model School began in Divis Street in 1854, on a 100-acre tract of land leased by the Commissioners of Education in Ireland,[2] and the school was opened on 19 May 1857.[1][3] It was to be a "model" for all other schools in the district, and the thirteenth of its kind. On 22 December 1879, Prof. John Perry, president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, highlighted the Belfast Model as an example to be followed in a proposed reform of technical education in England.[4]

During riots and arson attacks surrounding the consideration of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in May 1922, the Divis Street premises were burned down.[5] Premises were purchased in Cliftonville Road and classes resumed in Cliftonville Lodge, until a new building was opened in 1937.[6] The Belfast Model remained on Cliftonville Road until implementation in 1954 of the Tripartite System, under the Education Act (Northern Ireland) 1947, caused the school to split into separate boys' and girls' schools.[6] The Belfast Boys' Model School began operations in Ballysillan Road in 1957,[1][7] while the Cliftonville Road premises became the site of present-day Cliftonville Integrated Primary School.[6]

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In September 2010, the Boys' Model School moved into a brand new, multimillion-pound modern school on the same site of the old school.


  1. ^ a b c "About – History". Belfast Boys' Model School. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "The Twenty-first Report of the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland (for the year 1854)". I. Dublin: HM Stationery Office. 1854–1855. p. 14. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  3. ^ Young, Robert Magill (1892). "Chronological List of Notable Events". The Town Book of the Corporation of Belfast, 1613–1816. Ward, M. p. xv. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  4. ^ Perry, Prof. John (1900). "Letter to 'The Electrician', December 22, 1879". England's Neglect of Science. Fisher Unwin, T. p. 81. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  5. ^ "Belfast Timeline 1920's". Glenravel Local History Project. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-10-11.  External link in |publisher= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ a b c "A brief history of the building". Cliftonville Integrated Primary School. Archived from the original on 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-10-11.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "School History". Belfast Model School for Girls. Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 

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