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Ulster Schools body widens the net to find new leader

By Rebecca Black

The body that runs Catholic schools in Northern Ireland is struggling to find a new leader.

Current chief executive Jim Clarke has announced his intention to retire later this year.

The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) advertised for a new chief earlier this year but could not find a replacement, and is now set to advertise again. The job comes with a salary of up to £87,662. A spokeswoman confirmed the job will be re-advertised imminently, and that Mr Clarke will remain in post until a replacement is found. "We can confirm that the panel did not progress this trawl beyond the first stage as it wished to consider a wider range of applicants," she said.

"The post will, therefore, be re-advertised in the coming weeks. In order to provide continuity for the organisation and the Catholic Maintained sector, Jim has kindly agreed to remain in post until a successor is appointed. CCMS would encourage applications for this influential and rewarding position from those who have strategic vision and a passion for education, and who could bring their skills, knowledge and experience to this challenging role."

CCMS was established as an upper tier of management for Catholic schools in 1989 in response to concerns about underachievement.

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