St Dominic's Grammar School for Girls

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Coordinates: 54°35′38″N 5°57′29″W / 54.594°N 5.958°W / 54.594; -5.958

St. Dominic's Grammar School for Girls
135-137 Falls Road

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BT12 6AE

MottoVeritas ("truth")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
BoardBelfast Education and Library Board
PrincipalMrs C. McCann
Enrolment1000 (approx)
TypeGrammar School

St Dominic's Grammar School for Girls , formerly St Dominic's High School, is a Catholic grammar school for girls aged 11–18 (Years 8-14), in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


St. Dominic’s was founded by the Dominican Order in 1870 at the invitation of the Most Reverend Dr. Dorrian, Bishop of Down and Connor on the Falls Road in Belfast, it was originally named St. Mary’s Dominican Convent; when it opened on April 25, 1870, there were four pupils enrolled. The Boarding School opened on April 29 with one pupil and the Study Hall Block was built in 1897; the school has grown significantly over the years with the addition of the St. Margaret’s Wing in 1950’s, St. Thomas’s Building in 1960s and the erection of St. Ita’s and St.Raymond’s in the 1970s.


St. Dominic's has topped the A-Level league table of schools in Northern Ireland with over 95% of entrants receiving 3 or more A-levels at Grades A* to C. In 2019, the school was placed 2nd out of 159 secondary schools in Northern Ireland in its A-Level performance with 94.5% entrants in the 2017/18 academic year receiving this level and [1]

In the 2018 Belfast Telegraph GCSE League Table, it was ranked joint ninth in Northern Ireland for its GCSE performance with 99.3% of its entrants to the exam in 2016/17 receiving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths.[2] In the 2019 League Table it was ranked joint sixth with 99.4% of its GCSE exam entrants receiving five or more A* to C grades.[3]

The school has recently become a specialist school for humanities.


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  1. ^ "Belfast Telegraph A-Level: Northern Ireland School League Tables 2019". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE 2018". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE League Table 2019". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Eileen Carragher Obituary". Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. ^ "The sister stories". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Dr. Geraldine Smyth". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Patricia Craig". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  8. ^ "West Belfast diary of a Teenager in the Troubles". Retrieved 29 December 2016.