Friends' School, Lisburn
|Friends' School, Lisburn|
|Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland|
|Type||Voluntary grammar with preparatory department|
|Motto||Quae sursum sunt quaerite - seek the things that are above|
|Principal||Mr Stephen Moore|
Green, Red and Yellow
|Age Range||4 to 18|
Friends School, Lisburn was founded - as The Ulster Provincial School - on the basis of a bequest in 1764 of a prosperous linen merchant, John Hancock, who left £1,000 for the purchase of land in or near Lisburn on which to build a school for the children of Quakers. Twenty acres were purchased at Prospect Hill from the Earl of Hertford. In 1774, the first headmaster, John Gough, took up his post. In 1794 The Ulster provincial School became the responsibility of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting, the body representing the Religious Society of Friends in Ulster.
The school consists of a fee-paying preparatory department, Prospect House, and a grammar school, the latter of which, until recently had a boarding department attracting pupils from abroad (mostly Hong Kong) due to its reputation. Friends' now only accepts day pupils, of around 140 a year contributing to a full enrolment of 970 for the grammar school.
The latest addition to the school was the East Suite, a teaching building which opened in 2016. It stands in place of the old playground, which was previously the location of the old swimming pool. The swimming pool was reputed to be the oldest heated pool in Ireland (1901), and used to stand beside Harding House, a temporary teaching building which was demolished to make space for the East Suite.
Notable former pupils
- Noel Bailie - semi professional footballer, 1013 appearances for Linfield FC 1989-2011
- Jonathan Bell - Irish international hockey player. Represented Ireland in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- Michael Dibdin, author
- James G. Douglas (1887-1954), Member of the Seanad Éireann.
- Stephen Ferris, Professional rugby player; Ulster, Ireland, British and Irish Lions.
- Bulmer Hobson - Leading member of Irish Volunteers and Irish Republican Brotherhood
- Jimmy Kirkwood Gold medal winning Olympic hockey player (GB - Seoul 1988)
- Joy Winfred Lamb, Irish International Hockey Player, 1940-1950
- Roger McMorrow, Doctor and explorer
- Gareth Murdock, Bass Player of Alestorm
- Sir Lucius O'Brien (1896-1974), first Chairman of Northern Ireland Housing Trust.
- Frank Pantridge CBE, cardiologist
- Smith, Ian Kirk- (24 Nov 2011). "Quaker school best in Northern Ireland". The Friend. Retrieved 23 May 2017. (Subscription required (. ))