The Board of Governors

The Headmaster, Mr Montgomery, is responsible to the Board of Governors on all school matters. The Board currently comprises 27 Governors and 1 co-opted Governor. The Board bears responsibility in law for the activities of the school. The Secretary to the Board, Mr McConnell, advises on governance, legal matters and the financial framework. Many governors are ‘Old Armachians’ and parents (past and present) and the composition of the Board covers a comprehensive range of the professional skill-sets required to lead and run such a large and diverse organisation, both operationally and strategically.

The principal functions of the Board are:

1. To monitor and to advise on all aspects of the school’s activities

2. The control of the school’s finances.

All decisions are taken by the full Board, which meets four times each year. The Management Committee of the Board, which comprises a sub-set of the Governors, meets eleven times each year and approves the budget and all capital expenditure. The Management Committee is also concerned with staffing and the upkeep of school facilities.

The Board consists of 27 members (26 voting and the Headmaster non-voting) appointed as follows:-

Foundation Governors

5 Governors elected by the Council of the Diocese of Armagh

His Grace, The Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland

Very Revd S Forster, Dean of Armagh

Revd M Kingston

Revd M Hagan

Mr M Dickson

3 Governors elected by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Revd A McNeely

Mr W H Scott

Revd E P Gamble (Vice-chairman)

1 Governor elected by the Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Mr H McMullan

6 Co-Opted Governors

Mr T Edgar

Mrs K Taylor

Mr D R D Mitchell

Mr I Lewis

The Rt. Hon. John Taylor, Baron Kilclooney PC

Mrs K Reaney

6 Governors appointed by the Department of Education and the Education Authority

3 Department of Education

Mr I Hutchinson

Mr R Wilson

Mr M Greenaway

3 Education Authority

Mr I McCall



3 Parent Governors

Dr K King

Mr B Taylor

Mr N McCool

2 Teacher Governors

Mrs G L Montgomery

Mr S Cardwell


Mr G G W Montgomery

Secretary to the Board

Mr S T H McConnell

Since the school’s inception in 1608, the Chairman of the Board of Governors has been the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland.