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Methodist College Belfast, or Methody as the College is commonly known, is one of Northern Ireland’s leading grammar schools, with an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and an impressive record of achievement in music, drama and sport.

Interdenominational since its foundation in 1865 and co-educational within months of its opening in 1868, the College has a long tradition of commitment to pastoral care, and places great emphasis on the moral and social welfare of its pupils in addition to their intellectual, physical and cultural development.

The College is a voluntary grammar school, and its partnership with the Department of Education allows it to receive substantial government funding while retaining its traditional independence. The Board of Governors has responsibility for control of the College, and its members are appointed by the Conference of the Methodist Church and the Department of Education or elected as representatives of parents and academic staff.