Cambridge House Grammar School

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Coordinates: 54°51′04″N 6°13′37″W / 54.851°N 6.227°W / 54.851; -6.227

Cambridge House Grammar School
Motto Per Laborem
Established September 2001
Type Grammar school
Principal Mrs Elma Lutton
Location Ballymena
County Antrim
BT42 2EL
Northern Ireland
Local authority Education Authority
Students 1400
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses 5
Colours Green and red

Cambridge House Grammar School is a mixed grammar school in the County Antrim town of Ballymena, Northern Ireland within the North Eastern Region of the Education Authority.


The school is located in the Galgorm Road area of the town at a mature site surrounded by gardens and playing fields comprising almost 80 acres (320,000 m2). Cambridge House is the newest grammar school in the province, having been opened in September 2001, following the amalgamation of the old Cambridge House Grammar School for Girls (founded 1910) and Cambridge House Boy's Grammar School (founded 1975). The main school buildings are contemporary and the campus was refurbished in 2001 prior to the opening of the new school. The Technology and Design Suite building is the most recent addition to the school.[citation needed] The school also includes a separate Drama and Media annexe and a self-contained, Sixth Form Centre complete with both private and communal study areas, a common room and a coffee shop.[citation needed]

In 2011 it became the first grammar school in Northern Ireland to enter a period of formal intervention, however in 2013 it exited formal intervention and Elma Lutton was appointed the permanent principal of the school.

The House System[edit]

Cambridge House Grammar School (CHGS) is split into five houses (Having previously been four in the Cambridge House Boy's Grammar School- Adair, Eaton, Raphael and Chichester), and the pastoral care of each pupil is enforced by this system. The house system is based on patrons who are successful in a wide range of expertise, such as sports, business, science and the Arts. The ethos behind the house system is that each pupil can relate to a smaller unit within the school and have a sense of identity in such a large school. Each house is allocated a Senior Teacher, and a team of seven group tutors. Houses fosters the development of Leadership skills in the pupils, as House Prefects are elected in year 11. Each house has a separate colour, house charity and house ties, with the house crest emblazoned in the middle.

The houses, and their patrons are listed below.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Gala ball will celebrate Cambridge House's rugby heritage". Ballymena Times. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2016.