The Belfast Royal Academy was founded in 1785 and is the oldest school in the city. For more than a century the school was named Belfast Academy. In 1888 Queen Victoria granted permission for the school to style itself Belfast Royal Academy. It is now a large non-denominational, co-educational, voluntary, day grammar school listed among the Public Schools of the United Kingdom: the Headmaster is a member of the Headmasters' Conference. There are currently 1,400 pupils attending the school.