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Staff List 2019 - 2020

Teaching Staff
Mr P Marks BSc (Hons) PGCE PQH(NI) Principal
Mrs L Harvey  BMus (Hons) PGCE (Com) Cert R Ed Vice Principal, Music, RE, Examinations Officer
Mrs C Halus  BSc (Hons) PGCE Head of Junior School, Head of Geography
Mrs H Pentland  BEd PGCMS Head of Senior School; Mathematics and Learning Support
Mrs S Young  BA (Hons) PGCE Child Protection Officer, Head of Art
Mrs S Jess  BA (Hons) PGCE Head of English, Literacy Co-Ordinator
Miss J Campbell  BSc (Hons) PGCE Head of Mathematics, Numeracy Co-Ordinator
Mr P Edmonds  BSc (Hons) PGCE Mathematics
Mr R Mottram  BSc (Hons) PGCE Head of Science
Ms K Watts  BSc (Hons) PGCE Science, Horticulture, Agriculture
Miss H Thompson  BSc  (Hons) PGCE Science, Horticulture, Agriculture
Mrs K Warnock  BA (Hons) PGCE MFL Head of Modern Languages
Mrs V Smyth  BA (Hons) PGCE English, French
Miss N Anderson BA (Hons) PGCE English
Mr G Toney  BEd (Hons) PQH(NI) Head of Design and Technology
Mrs R McDermott  BA (Hons) PGCE Head of Home Economics
Mr G Coyle  BA (Hons) PGCE Head of History, Careers Co-Ordinator
Ms S Dickinson  BSc (Hons) Sports Studies  PGCE Physical Education
Miss N Owens BA (Hons) PGCE LLW, IT, Business Studies
Mrs K McDowell  BEd (Hons) PQH(NI) Special Needs Co-Ordinator, Speech, Language, Communication Pupils, LLW, Business Studies
Miss E Barry  BEd (Hons) PGCE Speech, Language, Communication Pupils, Mathematics 
Ms A Winters  BA (Hons) MA  PGCE Speech, Language, Communication Pupils, English, History
Miss H Rose  BA (Hons) MA PGCE Speech, Language, Communication Pupils
Mrs L Hughes  BA (Hons) PGCE Speech, Language, Communication Pupils, English
Classroom Assistants  
Mrs E Herron
Mrs A Matthews
Mrs E Kirkwood Mr M Hamilton
Mrs L McIlwaine Miss C Clarke
Mrs P Foat Miss L Abraham
Mrs E McMullan Mrs L Burns
Mrs P McCullough Mrs F Thornton
Ms L Bloxham Miss K Brown
Mrs C Boyd Mrs N Maginness
Mrs J Jess Mrs C Patterson
Mr S Capell  
Non-Teaching Staff  
Mrs J Hamilton Senior Executive Officer 
Mrs J Dowery Reprographics/Library/Home Economics Technician
Mr S Page  BSc (Hons) Science/Technology & Design Technician
Mrs F Thornton Crossing Patrol
Mr I McLaughlin Building Supervisor
Mrs J Burtney Cleaner
Mrs M Crawford Cleaner
Mrs D Graham Cleaner
Miss M Jess Cleaner

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School Day

School begins for pupils each morning at 8.50am. There is a full school Assembly on Tuesday.

The school day is divided into ten teaching periods.  Classes begin at 9.00am with four periods of 35 minutes duration followed by a break of fifteen minutes at 11.20 am.  There are three periods of 30 minutes duration before and after lunch, which is for 30 minutes at 1.05 pm.  School ends at 3.05 pm.



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The school believes that uniform is the most practical as well as the most economical outfit for school wear.  It also gives the pupils a sense of identity and belonging.  A high standard of uniform is expected at all at times.

The following uniform is compulsory:

  • Navy blazer with school badge
  • Charcoal grey trousers
  • White shirt
  • Navy ‘V’ neck pullover
  • Grey Socks
  • School tie
  • Black school shoes
  • Navy/Black school outdoor coat or school fleece
  • School scarf (optional)
  • Navy blazer with school badge
  • Navy skirt - of reasonable length
  • Navy and white striped blouse
  • Navy ‘V’ neck pullover
  • Navy socks/tights
  • School tie
  • Flat Black school shoes
  • Navy/Black school outdoor coat or school fleece
  • School scarf (optional)

Please note: 

  • for safety reasons jewellery is restricted to a single ring and one set of small stud earrings;
  • only honour and merit badges awarded by the school or badges bought in aid of a charity through the school, may be worn;
  • denims in any form are not permitted. 
  • trainers are not allowed for normal wear except for a short period on the direction of a doctor.
Boys Indoor

White polo shirt, navy shorts, white socks, suitable gym shoes.

Boys Outdoor

Green rugby shirt (with white stripe), navy shorts, green socks, rugby/football boots.


White polo shirt, navy court skirt, navy lycra shorts (optional), navy socks

All items of uniform and PE kits should be clearly marked with pupil’s name.

The school uniform and PE uniform is obtainable from local suppliers.  If necessary, please contact the school for further details.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this website is correct at the time of publishing.  However, the School Management reserves the right to alter or amend any or all of the information, without notice and without reference to any third party.


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In the pursuit of its aim to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all its pupils, the school recognises the importance of a system of discipline. Discipline is an essential aspect of the education of young people as it is through this that positive learning takes place.

The school’s system of discipline is largely dependent on Class-Tutors. The following Ladder of Referral forms the basis of this system.


Vice Principal

Junior/Senior Head of School

Class Tutor

Class Teacher

Discipline is not seen by the school simply as a response to those who will not conform, but rather to emphasise the positive aspects of behaviour and learning. It also seeks to minimise any actions which may hinder pupil education. Pupils are encouraged to cultivate an acceptance of and responsibility for their own actions and the consequences of these for themselves and others.

Through this positive approach, pupils are encouraged to subscribe to the rules of ‘good behaviour’ thereby creating a school climate in which effective learning takes place. Good behaviour is rewarded through a Merit System. Pupils who have demonstrated very good behaviour or exceptionally good work are rewarded by being awarded a merit in their Homework Diaries. As these accumulate privileges are given to those who gain set targets within the system. The school regards ‘poor behaviour’ as any action which disrupts the education of an individual or fellow pupils. The school expects the support of parents in enforcing discipline and this expectation brings with it the need for effective and efficient two-way communication between the school and the home. The experience of the school, however, is that few pupils require sanctions to be applied to them and this testifies to the acceptance of the system and its success.

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Class Organisation

In the junior school, there are generally four classes in each year group. Every attempt is made to keep these classes as small as staffing will allow. In Year 8, the placement of pupils in classes is made following a detailed assessment of information received from the contributory primary school. Pupils are also tested in Maths and English and are taught in banded ability classes although no binding judgement is made on pupil ability and any pupils identified as misplaced will be reassigned.

All pupils follow a broad, balanced curriculum and their performance and progress are continually monitored. Class setting is used in some subjects to allow for enhanced study by more academically gifted pupils and to adjust teaching methods for special educational assistance as required. These arrangements are designed to allow pupils to develop in line with their current abilities.

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Admissions Policy

The school provides places for pupils of all abilities up to the capacity set by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland. The admissions number for Year 8 is currently 76 and the allowed total enrolment of the school is 380.

If the number of pupils seeking admission to Year 8 is greater than the Admission Number, the Board of Governors, in consultation with the Principal, will apply the following criteria in the order set down.

  1. Pupils who have a brother/sister (including step-brother/step-sister) on the roll of the school on the date of consideration of their application.
  2. Pupils who have had a brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister or parent who previously attended the school.
  3. Pupils who are transferring from the following primary schools:
    Academy (Saintfield), Anahilt, Ballynahinch, Cairnshill, Carr, Carryduff, Castlewellan, Cumran, Derryboy, Downpatrick, Dromara, Drumaghlis, Glasswater, Newtownbreda, Riverdale, Rosetta, St. Macartan’s and Spa.
    Pupils whose Primary School lies south of The High School will be admitted first followed by those from the other named Primary Schools.
  4. Other pupils.

As each criterion is applied reference will be made to the school’s Admission Number. When a criterion is reached where the number is exceeded, a tie-breaker will be applied to those fulfilling that criterion to ascertain those pupils to be admitted.

The tie breaker will be based on the distance pupils live from the school. Specifically, preference will be given to pupils whose home address as stated on the pupil’s Transfer Form is closest to the school as measured in a straight line on an Ordnance Survey Map, from the front door of their home to the front gate of the school adjacent to Moss Road.

Where criteria are applied verification of information supplied will be required.

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