Belfast Telegraph

Associate principals at troubled school leave posts

By Rebecca Black

Two associate principals at the troubled De La Salle College in west Belfast have left their roles.

Imelda Jordan and John Wilkinson were appointed earlier this year 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 school.

There has been ongoing 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 holidays.

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.

Yesterday, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) confirmed Ms Jordan and Mr Wilkinson would not be continuing in their roles, 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 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 Monday.

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