New principal in top form!

THE new principal of Cookstown High School has been speaking of his future plans as he takes up his role.

Graham Montgomery took time out from his busy schedule to speak to the MAIL about his new appointment and his hopes for Cookstown High School.

Mr Montgomery is no stranger to pupils as he was appointed Vice-Principal Pastoral at the start of the school year in September. During the past academic year he has been in the post of Joint Acting Principal.

Originally from Portadown but now living in Markethill, Mr Montgomery was educated at Portadown College and Queen’s University, where he graduated in Modern History and Politics before completing a PGCE.

“I have every confidence in our excellent and committed staff as we work in partnership with pupils and families, continuing the drive to build a school which encourages aspiration and where everyone achieves their full potential,” he said.

Alan Kane, Chairman of Board of Governors said they are delighted with the appointment.

“He will undoubtedly provide the vision, quality of character and professionalism necessary to manage the school in a purposeful and successful direction,” he said,

Mr Kane said he wanted to express the Board’s appreciation of the many years’ dedicated service by the previous Principal, Adele Sloan, and extended best wishes to her for a happy and healthy retirement.

Mr Montgomery taught at Friends’ School Lisburn for 18 years where he was latterly a senior t,eacher and the Head of Sixth Form. He is married to Lynn, who also teaches, and they have two children, Sam and Lucy.