Founded in 1894 with a bequest from a wealthy local linen trader, Campbell College is a boarding and day school for boys aged 3 -18 years. It is situated in Belfast on a beautiful 100 acre wooded campus. The College is split into the Junior School (3-11 year olds) and Senior School (11-18 year olds). Three hundred pupils attend the Junior School and a further 902 are currently Senior School pupils. The vast majority of pupils are day boys, with only 133 boarding. The boarders are usually international students and the College is proud of its cultural mix. Campbell College has a teaching ratio of one member of staff to 14 students. This means that although the school is relatively large, each boy is still given the opportunities and individual support he needs to complete his education to the best of his ability.
Entrance to the senior school is via either the Common Entrance Assessment or the Post Primary Transfer, both of which assess the boys on their abilities in Mathematics and English. The tests are taken in small classroom groups rather than in a large and intimidating exam hall. Prospective pupils will have had a chance to familiarise themselves with the school before commencing the examination.
Although Campbell College acknowledges that academic success is a very important part of the boys’ education, it also wishes to ensure that each pupil makes the most of all of their talents: celebrating the creative, physical and spiritual as well as academic excellence.
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