Bangor Grammar School (The Grammar or B.G.S.), is an all-boys, voluntary grammar school situated in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1856 by the Conservative politician and Bangor man, Col The Hon. Robert Ward PC MP(Eire) who lived at Castle Ward. The school, until June 2011, comprised two parts, Connor House, a preparatory school for pupils aged 4–11 and a secondary school for pupils aged 12–18. Connor House closed at the end of the 2010–11 academic year.
Traditionally, Bangor Grammar has a strong record of educating boys, and pupils perform well in academic examinations. In the 2009/2010 academic year, 96% of boys sitting GCSE examinations gained seven passes at grade C or higher and 70% of boys sitting A2 examinations achieved three passes at grade C or higher.
The Headmaster of the school is a member of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Since 2000 the position has been filled by Mr Stephen Connolly, MA
The school has played a central part in the life of the town of Bangor for many years due to its location and influence. Old boys of Bangor Grammar School are known as Grammarians.
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