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
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".

In May 2007 the school became one of 25 specialist secondary and grammar schools in Northern Ireland. Its specialty is Business and Enterprise. As a specialist school they received additional funding of about £400,000 for the next four years.

During the school year 2009/2010, Carrickfergus College celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2010 the school began offering GCSE Ancient History.

In 2011, the College achieved its highest ever GCSE pass rate for pupils achieving 5+ GCSE grades A* - C of 72%, above the Northern Ireland average for similar schools of 67%. This was a considerable 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.

In 2013, a planned amalgamation of Carrickfergus College with Ulidia College and Downshire College was shelved.[2]

In 2015, a pupil from the school had achieved the highest mark in GCSE Ancient History from the previous school year in Northern Ireland. [3]

Year  % gaining 5+ GCSES grades A*-C
2007 42% [4]
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. Students wishing to access these 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.[5]

House system[edit]

The school 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. ^ "Belfast schools 'on move' as part of education shake-up". Belfast Telegraph, by Lindsay Fergus 27/02/2013
  3. ^ "Top mark honour for college pupil". Carrickfergus Times website. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Carrickfergus College Prospectus page 12" (PDF). Carrickfergus College website. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Carrickfergus Learning Community (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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