Rockport School

By August 8, 2019

Rockport is the only school of its kind in Northern Ireland, i.e. an independent Junior and Senior School, co-educational for ages 3-18, boarding and day. 

We pride ourselves on our commitment to the individual child. All we offer and provide here at Rockport has the child at the centre. Our boarding promotes independence and tolerance; our Sports programme welcomes competitiveness and fair play; our clubs and activities aim to arouse new interests and abilities. Our children become team players with their membership of either the Green or White House, and in their participation on Sports Days and throughout the term. The Arts are promoted and embraced at all levels and from the earliest of ages, and our concerts and dramatic productions are popular and hugely successful dates in our school calendar.

Our staff are on hand to nurture, encourage, push and challenge the children. We want them to feel that we are a home away from home. On parent recently wrote of her son that (he) “is in a context that encourages learning (of subjects and self awareness) and effort (even at things you may think you cannot do) and understanding (of other people and the world around us)”.

Welcome</strong><br />Rockport boasts a unique setting on the shoreline of Belfast Lough allowing easy access to the Coastal Path which runs from Holywood to Bangor.

Ethos &amp; Core Values</strong><br />We know that our school is unique. Being the only independent school in Northern Ireland we can ensure that the child comes first. We aim to find the best in every child &ndash; we nurture them, offering a rounded and supportive educational framework which is high in expectations but also demands that traditional standards like good manners and appearance are met. We promote leadership and service, and are dedicated to developing the whole child.

School Life</strong><br />Our pride in Rockport is reflected by the children’s feelings for their school, and is probably best summed up with a recent comment sent to us by one of our parents. Her child stated at the end of last term “Mum, I don’t want ever to leave Rockport, it’s my home!”<br />We aim for our children to feel passionate about their school, to enjoy and participate each day, to be challenged and stretched, to be nurtured and supported. As another parent recently wrote: “Rockport staff consistently go the extra mile in making school life special and memorable”.

Academic Life</strong><br />We follow the Northern Ireland curriculum in the junior years, prepare children for the Transfer Test (though increasingly the majority of our children remain with us); we have prepared children for the 11+ and 13+ for transfer to mainland public schools; and comprehensibly gear our provision of senior education with the intent of achieving successful results. Our last three years have shown consistent improvement at GCSE level.

Pastoral Care</strong><br />The child is at the centre of all we do. Being a small school means children are encouraged and cared for as individuals, with work programmes tailored to suit specific needs. We know that a happy, secure child is an effective learner and as such, communication between home and school is vital.

Boarding</strong><br />Boarding has always been at the heart of Rockport and we take our continuity of care very seriously. We offer full, weekly and flexi boarding to children from P4 up and our year group ‘taster’ weeks allow children (and parents) a feel for what boarding life offers.

Our dedicated staff are committed to providing a structured and balanced evening atmosphere and regular bedtime routine that combines consistency and pastoral care. We believe that boarding fosters independence and a spirit of tolerance. The children in our boarding family welcome responsibility and grow in confidence as they move up through the school.

Daycare</strong><br />The Daycare facility is open to children from Reception through to P4 and is open from 8:00 am until 6:00pm. This allows parents the chance to collect different siblings at the same time, or for working parents to collect after their full day and can be used on a regular or ad hoc basis (depending on numbers). The friendly and enthusiastic staff take great care to ensure the children are entertained in a relaxed, homely environment, but are not over-tired.

How to Find Us</strong>

From Belfast to Rockport Road, Craigavad

From M3 motorway bridge at Odyssey Arena.<br />Follow signs for A2 Bangor – Travel in Total 7.3 miles / 11.7 Kilometres

On the A2 Bangor Road pass George Best International Airport on left, the town of Holywood on the right, continue on same A2 road to Bangor passing The Culloden Estate and Spa on left. Continue past the Culloden for approximately 1km and turn left at the traffic lights onto Seahill Road, turn left again after to remain on Seahill Road after 200 metres turn left again onto Rockport Road, travel a short distance down Rockport Road and you will arrive at Rockport School.