Another important step in the establishment of Coleraine Grammar School has been confirmed with the appointment of three Vice Principals.
The positions have been filled by Mrs Jackie Smyth and Mr Andrew Hamilton, with both having responsibility for pastoral care in the new co-educational voluntary grammar school. They are joined by Mr Rhys Evans, who will be responsible for curriculum matters across both campuses – Castlerock Road and Lodge Road.
Coleraine Grammar School will open on the 1st September and will initially operate across two campuses. All three senior colleagues are currently vice-principals in either Coleraine Academical Institution or Coleraine High School and are therefore very familiar with the running of both schools and with the needs of the current pupils.
Speaking about the appointments, Dr David Carruthers, Principal Designate of the new school said;
“These three colleagues all have a wealth of experience and together they represent another significant step in the establishment of the new grammar school in Coleraine. These roles are very important in establishing the ethos of the new school, managing the pastoral care of all our students and in delivering a smooth transition from two schools to one.
“Opening Coleraine Grammar School in September will be an exciting development in post-primary education in Coleraine and the Interim Board and senior team are working hard to ensure everything is in place to manage the transition and to listen and respond to concerns that pupils or parents may have. We recognise that change of this nature can be unsettling and raises many important and legitimate questions. We are committed to sharing as much information as possible with parents and pupils, so that the school community is part of the change process and can also provide us with their feedback.
“We are acutely aware that Coleraine High School and Coleraine Inst both enjoy long and very proud histories. Together we are seeking to build on the strengths and ethos of both schools in terms of teaching, examination success, support for pupils and extra-curricular activities to deliver a high quality co-educational grammar school for the benefit of current and future pupils, their families and the local and wider economy.”