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Two associate principals leave De La Salle College

Published 16/06/2016

De La Salle College
De La Salle College

Two associate principals appointed to troubled De La Salle College have left their roles.

Imelda Jordan and John Wilkinson were appointed as relations between De La Salle principal Claire White and staff grew tense.

In April, former Education Minister John O'Dowd ordered an independent investigation into events at the west Belfast school.

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There have been ongoing industrial problems over the last year.

About a third of the 70-strong teaching staff at the school were absent for a number of days before the Easter holiday.

The Concerned Parents Committee of De La Salle has called for the principal, vice-principal and board of governors to be stood down.

They also called for a "thorough independent and transparent investigation" of events at the school.

Imelda Jordan and John Wilkinson were appointed as associate principals earlier this year, however they have now left the roles.

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The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) confirmed Ms Jordan and Mr Wilkinson would not be continuing, and insisted that the arrangement was only ever temporary.

"In relation to the associate principals at De La Salle College, it has always been understood by CCMS and the Board of Governors that this was a temporary arrangement," a CCMS spokeswoman said.

"CCMS thanks Imelda Jordan and John Wilkinson for the tremendous contribution to the leadership and management of De La Salle during the school term.

"They are no longer available in these roles as the term comes to an end, however to ensure continuity, they will both provide support to the school as educational associates working through CCMS."

CCMS said that Vice Principal Marian O’Neill will take on the role of acting principal from next Monday.

"The Board of Governors has appointed Marian O’Neill, Senior Vice-Principal, to the role of acting principal with effect from Monday 20 June until further notice," the CCMS spokeswoman said. 

"The governors have great confidence in Marian’s capacity to continue the work programme developed by Mrs Jordan and Mr Wilkinson."

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