Regent House School

Regent House School is a coeducational controlled grammar school in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland. It comprises two parts: the preparatory department, known as "the Prep", and the main school itself. It has over 1550 pupils from ages 4 to 18.

Regent House Grammar School
School crest
Circular Road

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BT22 4QA

Northern Ireland
TypeGrammar School
Local authoritySEELB
PrincipalMr M C Carville
Age11 to 18
EnrolmentApprox. 1550
HousesCastlereagh, Clandeboye, Scrabo, Strangford
Colour(s)red & black (boys)
red & green (girls)

The school is divided into four houses: Castlereagh, Strangford, Scrabo and Clandeboye.


The school was inspected by the Controlled Schools' Support Council in 2015 and judged Satisfactory.[1] In 2019 another inspection was carried out, but could not reach a judgement because of industrial action being taken by staff.[2]


In 2017 the school's choir won BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year.[3]


Regent House has won the Ulster Schools Cup and Medallion Shield.

Regent House won the Schools' Cup Final in 1994 where it defeated Wallace High School 8–3 in what has proved to be its only outright victory. Two years later, Regent shared the Schools Cup with Methodist College Belfast following a 9–9 draw.

The cricket team won the McCullough Cup.[citation needed]

Air Training Corps

Regent has an air cadet squadron, 2241 sqn, a school squadron. The squadron was created out of an army cadet unit in 1951 by Flt Lt Duff, a teacher and the squadron's first Commanding Officer who had been a pilot during WW2 flying B-25 Mitchell bombers.

There are a number of opportunities on offer from the squadron including Gliding/flying training. The squadron is well located as Newtownards Airfield is nearby; this was the home of 664 VGS flying Grob 109 Vigilant T.1 motorised gliders until 2016.

2241 are winners of the NI Wing SRAFONI (Senior RAF Officer Northern Ireland) Trophy for best overall ATC squadron in Northern Ireland 2011–12.

The 2013 shooting competition for both the team award and the individual award was won by the 2241 team of four.

Notable former pupils


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  2. "Regent House School, Newtownards, County Down Report of a Sustaining Improvement Inspection (Involving Action Short of Strike) in December 2019" (PDF). ETINI. Education and Training Inspectorate. 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. "Regent House School named Northern Ireland's top senior school choir". Controlled Schools Support Council. 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
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  10. Bell, Gail (6 September 2017). "Maxine Mawhinney: I'll wander round the garden in my dressing gown and wellies". The Irish News. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
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