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We host Open Mornings every October and January, where we give you the opportunity to take a tour and to see our school in action. Our Prep 7 pupils will guide you around our impressive site where you can get a taste of what it is like to be a pupil here. The Principal, staff and current parents will talk to you and share their experiences on what we offer here at Ben Madigan. Please bring your child to have a look around too – they would be very welcome!

Dates for 2024/25 Open Mornings are yet to be confirmed but we would be delighted to welcome you for a personal tour at any time. Please contact the School Secretary for further information.


Please take this opportunity to have a look at our Prospectus.

We hope it gives you a sense of who and what we are and what makes Ben Madigan such a unique and special place.

To request a copy of this Prospectus to be posted to you, please call the General Office on 028 9077 1139 or email your name and address to


Criteria for Admission to Ben Madigan

Preliminary application forms, prospectuses and further details may be obtained from the school office at Ben Madigan. The Head of the Preparatory Department is available by appointment if further information is required.

Preliminary application forms may be submitted at any time from birth but should ideally be received by the beginning of October prior to the admission date, as interviews take place in November to enable places to be offered by January. Should later applications be received they will be placed on a waiting list and places offered if they become available using the criteria below.

Following interview, places are allocated according to the following criteria, providing that the child will have attained his/her 4th birthday by 1st July in the year of admission:

Order of receipt of application form.

Prep 1:
Applicants will be ranked as follows -

a} Has been attending Ben Madigan Pre-prep.
b} Has a sibling at Ben Madigan in Preps. 1 - 7.
c} Has previously had a sibling at Ben Madigan.
d} Parent{s} attended B.R.A./the Preparatory Department.
e} Grandparent{s} attended B.R.A./the Preparatory Department.
f} Has shown readiness for school in an interview with the Head of KS1, according to date of birth.

Admission to other classes may be possible and an appointment to discuss this may be made with the Head of the Preparatory Department.

The school reserves the right not to accept any child if he/she has needs which cannot be met within existing resources.

Securing a place in Prep 1

A non-refundable deposit of £250 is required for all pupils to secure their place in Prep 1.
This payment will then be offset against the fees payable for Prep 1.

If you have any queries or require further details about admission to Ben Madigan, please contact the School Office on 028 9077 1139.

Application forms for admission into Pre-School or any year group in Ben Madigan can be downloaded below. Please complete the form and email it to or print them off, complete and return them to the School Office.


Annual fees for pupils at Ben Madigan for the current academic year, 2023/2024, are as follows:

Prep 1 – Prep 3 = £ 4470
Prep 4 – Prep 7 = £ 4800

To facilitate payments, the School operates a system of monthly direct debits for the collection of fees. This monthly direct debit system removes the inconvenience of arranging to pay bills, as once you have signed up, the mandate will continue as long as the pupil remains at the school. The annual fees are paid over a ten-month period from September to June (around the last working day of each month). Fees include all textbooks and stationery as well as tuition.

Childcare Vouchers / HMRC Childcare vouchers are accepted for Pre-School Fees and for After-School and Breakfast Club payment. School fees cannot be paid using these schemes.


Fees 2024/25

Please see letter regarding Ben Madigan fees commencing with the academic year 2024/25


Transfer into Prep 1 from Ben Madigan Pre-Prep Discount

For pupils who have transferred directly into Prep 1 from the Pre-Prep class, there will be a reduced tuition fee of £4023 for their first year at the Preparatory Department.


Family Discounts

Families with more than one pupil at the school benefit from preferential discounts of fees for additional siblings attending Ben Madigan.

A second child enjoys 5% discount.
A third child enjoys 10% discount.
A fourth child enjoys 25% discount.


Daily Fresh Milk

Ben Madigan offers the option of pupils receiving fresh milk daily at School at Break time. This option is £24 per pupil per school year. Please contact the office if you wish to avail of this option. The annual charge for milk is non-refundable and will be added to the monthly direct debit payment.


Pre-School Fees 2023 / 2024

£6.75 per hour from 8:30am – 12:30pm.
Wraparound care is also available at an additional cost of £6.75 per hour, or part hour, from 12:30 – 5:30pm.

Childcare Vouchers / HMRC Childcare vouchers are accepted for Pre-School Fees and for After-School and Breakfast Club payment.


Breakfast Club

£3.75 per day from 8:00 – 8:30am and includes breakfast.


After-School Care

£6.75 per hour, or part hour, from 12:30 – 5:30pm.


All childcare must be booked in advance.

If you have any other queries in relation to fees, please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Department at Belfast Royal Academy on 028 9074 0423.

Get in touch

Our office is open 9:00am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday