Fiennes and O'Connor among famous alumni
NEWTOWN School, which was set up in 1798, has a reputation of being one of the most liberal in the country
Its purpose was the education of Quakers from Munster but over more than 200 years it has welcomed children from a much wider community, both religious and geographic.
From the beginning, its philosophy was that alongside academic ideals, there should be a strong focus on developing the whole person, emotionally and physically.
Its former past pupils have contributed to all walks of life, both national and international, across the spectrum from public administration to the arts.
The 'who's who' of past pupils include actor Ralph Fiennes, inset, rugby player Nick Popplewell, cookery supremo Myrtle Allen and celebrated pottery maker Nicholas Mosse. From the world of music, Newtown counts Sinead O'Connor, right, and Leslie Dowdall, and two Boomtown Rats, Simon Crowe and Garry Roberts, among its famous alumni.
Other alumni include historians Roy Foster and Ian Gibson.