Carrickfergus College

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Coordinates: 54°43′39″N 5°48′48″W / 54.7275°N 5.8133°W / 54.7275; -5.8133

Carrickfergus College
Logo of Carrickfergus College
Carrickfergus College logo/emblem
"Discendo Sciamas"
110 North Road
Carrickfergus, County Antrim

United Kingdom [1]
Type Secondary School
Established 1959
Opened 1959
School board NEELB
Principal H Webb
Vice Principals W Borland and A Irvine
Enrolment Approx. 800
Color(s)          Blue and White

Carrickfergus College is a secondary school in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The college was opened in 1959 and has over 750 students and 52 teachers. It is within the North Eastern Education and Library Board area.


Carrickfergus College was previously known as Carrickfergus High School. It is locally (and colloquially) known simply as "Carrick College".

During the school year 2009/2010, Carrickfergus College celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Public examination results[edit]

In 2011, Carrickfergus College achieved its highest ever GCSE pass rate for pupils achieving 5+ GCSE grades A* - C of 72%. This was a huge increase from the previous year's 42%. In 2012 GCSE grades were 66.4% achieving 5+ grades at A* - C grade or equivalent. In 2013 GCSE results increased to a pass rate of 68.4% for pupils gaining 5+ GCSE’s at grades A* - C. The Northern Ireland average for schools similar to Carrickfergus College is 63.7%.

In 2015, it was announced that a pupil from the school had achieved the highest mark in GCSE Ancient History from the previous school year in Northern Ireland. [2] A subject that Carrickfergus College only began offering in 2010.

Year  % gaining 5+ GCSES grades A*-C
2007 42% [3]
2008 42%
2009 46%
2010 42%
2011 72%
2012 66.4%
2013 68.4%

Carrickfergus Learning Community (CLC)[edit]

Carrickfergus College is currently involved in a new curricular scheme called the Carrickfergus Learning Community (CLC), along with Carrickfergus Grammar School, Downshire, and Ulidia Integrated College.

Admissions Criteria[edit]

Students wishing to access the above mentioned courses must have met the school criteria for returning to their own school to complete sixth form studies and meet the entry requirements for the individual subject they wish to study.[4]

Specialist school[edit]

In May 2007 the school became a specialist school for Business and Enterprise. At present they are one of only 25 secondary / grammar schools in Northern Ireland to have achieved this designation. As a specialist school they receive additional funding which will be in excess of £400,000 over the next four years.[5]

House system[edit]

It has set up a house system similar to Carrickfergus Grammar with houses Castle, Fergus, Knockagh and Thornfield.


In October 2012 after a visit from local CityBeat DJ Stephen Clements, Carrickfergus College launched a podcast feature on their school website. [6] Updated monthly, the podcast highlights pupils of the school reporting on important events throughout the year. In December 2012 the podcasts were made available for download on Itunes.[7]


  1. ^ "Information". Carrickfergus College website. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Top mark honour for college pupil". Carrickfergus Times website. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Carrickfergus College Prospectus page 12" (PDF). Carrickfergus College website. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Carrickfergus Learning Community (CLC)". Carrickfergus College website. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  5. ^ "CLC". Carrickfergus College website. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Carrick College launches first 'Podcast'". Carrickfergus College website. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Carrickfergus College Podcast on Itunes". Itunes website. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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