Founded in 1790, Ballymacash PS is the oldest educational institution in north Lisburn and is in its 84th year of learning on the current site. The original building, opened in 1931, has been extended and now includes a purpose built Nursery Unit, a library, a music tuition room and a Playgroup.
The main school building was opened in 1981 and, over the past 5 years the school has grown from 316 pupils to 378 today. In January 2016 the school was granted an increase in enrolment from 350 to 406 pupils.
Also on site there is a dual day nursery unit catering for 52 children and a playgroup. The school have applied to round 3 of the Executives Bright Start funding programme (which falls under the remit of the Department of Education) to establish on-site School Age Childcare provision.
The school draws its pupils from a combination of local housing developments and further afield. The school has a wide intake of pupils from both private and social housing – with a current FSM uptake of about 25%. Ballymacash consistently sends 40-50% of their pupils to grammar school. The present staffing consists of the Principal plus eighteen full-time teachers, a Nursery teacher, a Literacy Support teacher, a Numeracy Support/EAL teacher and twelve classroom assistants.
As a school community, parents are very supportive of their children’s education raising £7250 last year through PTA and donating £5500 to charity. Paul Givan MLA, recently appointed as Minister for the Department of Communities, currently serves as a member of the School Board of Governors.
The core motto of Ballymacash Primary School is ‘A place where we Develop, Achieve and Enjoy.’