My Brilliant Journey: From Marbella to Royal School Armagh


Luna is one of several Spanish students currently boarding at Royal School Armagh.  With her brother already at the school, Royal School Armagh was an obvious choice for Luna’s parents who wanted their children to improve their English and benefit from an exceptional UK Boarding school education.

“My parents were really impressed with the school, the City of Armagh and everything that Northern Ireland has to offer young people. Everyone is so warm and welcoming, the only downside is the rain…there’s certainly more in Armagh than Marbella!” says Luna.
“Being a boarder is like being part of one, very big, family and it’s great fun! Every day is an adventure and there’s rarely time to miss my home in Spain, school life is so busy and I’ve made lots of friends from all different backgrounds and cultures. My English has really improved and I’m much more confident speaking and understanding the language.”


So far the best bits of Luna’s time as a boarder at the Royal School Armagh have both involved jumping! “I loved when I went trampolining with my friends and also when we went cliff jumping on the North Coast, even though the water was freezing, it was an amazing experience…as you can tell, I like jumping!”


Luna’s top tip for anyone thinking of coming to a boarding school in Northern Ireland? “Definitely come to Northern Ireland for school, it’s such a great experience and you will meet so many great friends…..just remember to pack a raincoat!”


Royal School Armagh was founded in 1608 by James 1st and has a history spanning over 400 years.  It is a co-educational school for boys and girls aged 4-19 years old with modern facilities and close proximity to the beautiful City of Armagh.  The boarding department has always been at the heart of life at the Royal School and today boarders come from across the island of Ireland, mainland UK and overseas.


Luna’s Five Favourites

Favourite Food in Boarding                    Bagels and Paninis

Favourite Place                                       North Coast

Favourite Subject                                    Spanish, Technology & Art

Favourite Hobby                                      Dancing, Netball and Drama

Favourite Northern Ireland Saying          “Wee” meaning tiny!

Sara Boyd