Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

First female methody principal resigns post

The first woman principal of one of Ulster's most prestigious grammar schools is to resign after just 10 months, it was announced yesterday.

The first woman principal of one of Ulster's most prestigious grammar schools is to resign after just 10 months, it was announced yesterday.

Cecilia Galloway, the head teacher of Methodist College, Belfast, issued a letter to her staff this morning revealing she will resign on October 31. She made history last January when she became the first woman to take up the high-profile post.

The move comes after weeks of speculation she was set to quit, rumours which she denied to the Belfast Telegraph and reports of staff unhappiness with her management style and comparisons to Sir Alan Sugar - criticisms she strongly refuted.

In a statement, Ms Galloway cited difficulties relocating to Belfast from England as the reason for going. She added she was "very sorry" to leave the Malone Road college.

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