Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar

Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar School
77a, Ashgrove Road
Co Down
BT34 1QN
Tel:  028 3026 3142
Fax:  028 3026 2514


Mr Seán Sloan

Welcome to the Abbey Grammar School
The Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School / Scoil na Mainistreach Iúr Cinn Trá is a voluntary school for boys aged 11 – 18 years in Newry, County Down.

The Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School is a valued member of the Edmund Rice Family which has as its origin the story of Edmund Rice – husband, father, widower, Religious Founder of two congregations – The Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers – and lover of people especially those on the margins of society.

DSC00839The Abbey is dedicated to the constant enhancement and promotion of his spirit of service, mindful that the student is our raison d’être. The Christian Brothers first came to Newry in 1851 and the school derives its name from the celebrated Cistercian Abbey founded on the same site by St. Malachy in 1144. Since then the school has had several different locations in Newry, each making a positive impact on the local community. The Christian community of staff, students and parents aspire to produce pupils whose academic, physical, cultural, social and in particular spiritual potential is realised as fully as possible.

In its history, the school had been located at several sites around Newry, including Chapel Street, Kilmorey Street, the Carstands at Margaret Street and the Mall, then on to Abbey Yard and Courtenay Hill.

In January 2010 the Abbey moved in to its brand new purpose built school on the outskirts of Newry. It is accessed from the Mourne Country roundabout to the north of the city on the Belfast Road and the grounds back on to the Sacred Heart Grammar School.

The building is modern with fully equipped classrooms and laboratories. On top of this, there is a gymnasium, a weights room, a sports hall and three full size pitches including a full size, flood-lit synthetic gaelic pitch.



ETI publishes their report on the recent Abbey CBGS Inspection (October 2013)

Abbey Report

The standards achieved by the pupils are OUTSTANDING.

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is OUTSTANDING.
The quality of the care, guidance and support of pupils is OUTSTANDING.
The curricular provision for the pupils at KS3, KS4 and post 16 is OUTSTANDING.

The leadership and management are OUTSTANDING.

“The highly effective and transformational leadership evident throughout the school
is underpinned by a clear vision and distinct pupil-centred ethos which accords to the
Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter and is lived out on a daily basis.”
(ETI Inspection Report)