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Portora Royal principal Morton slams his successor, Enniskillen Collegiate head Armstrong

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/04/2016

Dr Neil Morton
Dr Neil Morton
Elizabeth Armstrong

The headmaster of a distinguished grammar school in Fermanagh has hit out at the woman who will take over when Portora Royal is merged with Enniskillen Collegiate in September.

Dr Neil Morton, the Portora headmaster, sent a letter to his pupils’ parents criticising Elizabeth Armstrong, principal of the Collegiate.

Despite Ms Armstrong’s opposition to the amalgamation of the two schools, she was still appointed to lead the merged school ahead of Dr Morton.

A legal challenge to the merger was mounted by a Collegiate pupil. It was rejected by the High Court in February.

Dr Morton told parents that fighting the legal challenge cost the school governors £35,000, while the Department of Education’s costs were around £64,000. The applicant also received legal aid.

Dr Morton told the BBC: “It’s not sour grapes. I’m not quite sure how to define sour grapes any more. The issue is this, that the person who was responsible for 10 years, along with others, for delaying this amalgamation — and all the consequences of that for the students in Fermanagh, new buildings, new curriculum, everything was delayed because of that.”

“That person now has been appointed to the school that she opposed for so long.”

Ms Armstrong told the BBC she would prefer not to comment.

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