Principal's Welcome

For over 50 years we have been educating young people from the Ards Peninsula irrespective of background or academic ability, and we are renowned for our warm welcoming atmosphere.  We have developed into a college which now provides an education for students from Year 8 to Year 14 with many going on to further education at university.


Glastry College is a great community school and has a warm family feel which reflects our caring, child-centred ethos.  This is enhanced and enriched by our partnerships with parents and the community.


As recently appointed Principal I take great satisfaction in seeing pupils succeed and I know that in Glastry College this is the ultimate aim of all the highly motivated and hard working staff.  Central to this is Glastry College’s effective and enjoyable learning environment, typified by high expectations of good behaviour and a positive attitude to learning.


The high quality teaching and learning enables all pupils to acquire the skills needed for employment and success in a rapidly changing world of work and leisure. 

Learning takes place within a safe, supportive and caring environment, enabling each pupil to enjoy their time at Glastry College, experiencing success in the classroom and in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  As a college we want all pupils to be happy and successful in whatever their aims are in life.


As part of NDALC we place a value on our work with other schools and SERC to ensure that all students have access to the most suitable range of courses to meet their needs.


I look forward to the opportunity to build upon the strengths highlighted in the recent ETI report to ensure the continued success of Glastry College.


A J Hutchinson


Our History

Glastry College has been delivering education in the Ards Peninsula for nearly 60 years.  It first opened its doors in 1957 as Glastry School with Mr Pollock as Principal and a small staff including Mr E Beckett, Mr J Brown, Mr W Caughey, Mr J Mawhinney, Mrs Van Lew and Miss   McCarthey.  In  1962,  five  years  after 

opening the enrolment was 200 students and the school continued to grow over the forthcoming years and with it changed it names to Glastry Intermediate School, Glastry Secondary School, Glastry High School, and today is known as Glastry College.   Today the college has over 600 pupils offering a wide range of subjects for students aged 11-18.   The college continues to strive for the best possible education for the community whilst also nurturing the spiritual and emotional development of the students who are entrusted to our care.

Our Philosophy

At Glastry College, we will endeavour to provide the best possible opportunities for pupils to learn and develop, so as to help them fulfil their potential and contribute positively to society.

Mission Statement

Glastry College will aim to professionally recognise and meet the educational, cultural, social and recreational needs of the children.

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