World Leading Education

Finding the right educational establishment for your child is a enormously important decision when moving to a new area, whether that be early years, primary or secondary education. Whether you’re looking for a nursery, primary or secondary school, Derry City and Strabane has some excellent schools including state-run and same sex or mixed-sex, as well as faith schools. With 70 primary schools, 14 post primary schools, 8 nursery schools and 24 pre-schools, class sizes are smaller than the UK Average.

Derry and Strabane is well served by educational establishments that are well represented within national rankings, with most schools generally performing to a very high standard.

The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) is a ‘unitary’ inspectorate and part of the Department of Education (DE), providing independent inspection services and policy advice for DE. The ETI also provides independent inspection services and policy advice for a number of other government departments including the Department for the Economy and the Department for Communities. In addition, inspection services are also provided for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Criminal Justice Inspection (CJI) and the Home Office. Reports for every school and nursery in Northern Ireland can be accessed at: https://www.etini.gov.uk/publications/type/inspectionreports

“We have top performing schools and the best performing education system for primary maths in Europe and 6th best in the world“
“We are consistently  one of the top performing regions, within the UK at GCSE and A-Level examinations. 82% of school leavers achieved at least 5 GCSEs Grade A* – C.“

Higher Education

We have four 3rd level institutions within a 45 minute catchment of Derry ~ Londonderry totalling 40,000 students in further and higher education:

  • Ulster University (Magee Campus)
  • Ulster University (Coleraine Campus)
  • NW Regional College
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology

An increasing amount of our population (20%) are educated to degree level or above. Strong levels of collaboration between industry and institutions ensure our students are equipped with the right skills competency and acumen in business-relevant areas and are employment ready. Over 4,000* people graduate each year with business qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Ulster University (Magee Campus)

  • Top 10 entrepreneurial universities globally
  • £57m invest in R&D
  • Top 25% of UK Universities for world leading research
  • 5000+students & 150+courses
  • By 2025 9,500 FTE student
  • Medical School in development

Northwest Regional College

  • Leading provider of vocational courses & vocational degrees
  • Centre of excellence in Software Engineering
  • 20,000+ students each year
  • 25+Global partner institutions
  • Dedicated Business Support Centre

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

  • 4000+ Students
  • 50+global partner institutions
  • Growing International Student Base
  • 4 x Academic Schools (Business, Tourism,Engineering,Science.