“ Ballymena / Antrim / Northern Ireland / „
Slemish College is a Grant Maintained Integrated College, situated in Ballymena, County Antrim. It is one of the few schools in Northern Ireland which has a dual entry system, making it both a Grammar and an ablility school combined.
The College is well known for innovative teaching methods, and the excellent relationship between staff and students. The Pastoral System of The College is widely praised. Exam results at GCSE amd A level are well above national averages. The Sixth Form offers 30 A level subjects, and has been placed in Northern Ireland's top twenty sixth forms(Sunday Times). They are the only school to achieve this postion in the Ballymena Area.
The School is led by Dr R.S. Jennings. UK Headteacher of the Year for 2002.
The College is oversubscribed.
Cambridge House is situated in Ballymena, County Antrim. It's just up the road from Ballymena Academy, our arch-rivals (personally I adore everyone from that school, is any of them are reading this). Until this year, Cambridge House was made up of two schools on the one campus, with the sexes kept separate until sixth form. Now it's being amalgamated into one big school, taking all the fun out of sneaking around into the boys' playground to have a good oggle before being chased off by the lunchtime supervisors. The campus doesn't seem big to me, but I've had seven years to get used to it. The first years thing it's huge for about a wee, then they're tearing about like the rest of us. Currently the uniform is bottle green for girls, black for boys, but that's expected to change. The facilities are pretty good, and are in the process of being massively revamped, with a ton of money being spent on the Technology and Science departments. We pupils would rather it was spent on a swimming pool, which is why we're not allowed to control the school budget. I leave this year, and I'm sorry to go. I'm not going to lie and say I've loved every single second - I've had trouble with various teachers, the anti-bullying policy needs a lot of work, and the big complaint in the sixth-form is that people old enough to vote are still treated like 11-year-olds. But it's a great place, most of the teachers are excellent, and I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else.