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St Michael's Enniskillen seeking new principal

ABANDONING 11-PLUS: St Michael's is seeking a new principal

A Catholic grammar school that is to abandon 11-plus tests is seeking a new principal.

The 715-pupil St Michael's College in Enniskillen hopes to have its new head teacher in place by September.

The vacancy at the all boys school has arisen due to the retirement of principal Eugene McCullough.

Mr McCullough had been absent for a period over the last few months during which time the school was led by acting principal Mark Henry.

The school said it was looking for a leader who "clearly demonstrates a full commitment to the principles of Catholic education and a vision for the college which promotes and develops its Catholic ethos".

St Michael's is one of two Catholic grammars in the town that plan to abandon transfer tests and become non-selective in a move that will see two other schools shut down.

Two non-selective schools - St Fanchea's for girls and St Joseph's for boys - will be discontinued. Two grammar schools - St Michael's for boys and Mount Lourdes for girls - would then increase in size. It is expected that the new schools would operate on split sites initially.

The plan for Enniskillen is similar to one already approved for Catholic schools on the north coast, where Dominican College Portstewart will end selection and increase enrolment and St Joseph's in Coleraine will close.

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