Boarders at the Royal School House are well looked after by a team of workers who strive to meet their every-day needs. There are two residential members of staff who live in the boarding house from Monday to Friday.
Head of Boarding/Matron: Mrs Vicky Sloan
Housemaster: Mr Gary McKeague
Head of Boarding/Matron is Mrs Vicky Sloan. She takes special responsibility for the girl boarders in her role as Matron whilst having overall responsibility for the general running of the boarding house as Head of Boarding.
The Housemaster, Gary McKeague, is mainly responsible for the boy boarders but also assists with the general running of the house in any way possible.
There are also four members of staff who come to RSH every day to meet the practical needs of the boarders and the house.
Assistant Matron/Cook: Miss Jennifer Hemphill
Domestic Staff: Mrs Caroline Coyle, Mrs Valerie Galbraith & Ms Roisin McGlinchey
The staff at RSH are always available to offer guidance and support to all the boarders, and their well-being is always forefront of our minds.
In 1608, King Charles I granted a charter which founded the Royal Schools across Ulster. As part of this charter, a Royal School was established in Donegal Town in 1618. In the 1660’s the school was relocated to Raphoe where the first building was erected in 1676. Through the efforts of Bishop Forster this building was replaced and in 1737 the present building was erected. In 1830, a third storey was added with an additional wing at the west end to provide further accommodation.
This three storey Georgian building was then home to the Royal School Raphoe. In 1891 the Donegal Protestant Board of Education took over the management of the school and it became a co-educational school for both day and boarding pupils.
The Royal School, Raphoe amalgamated with The Prior School, Lifford in 1971 and new school buildings were opened as a result. The early Georgian building is now home to the Boarding Department of the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School and known as the Royal School House. Our Georgian home has a solid and impressive appearance, now modernised and extended for weekly boarding facilities for pupils attending the Royal and Prior School.