School Leadership

The Senior Leadership Team is made up of teaching and non-teaching staff and is responsible for the academic, pastoral and administrative running of the Royal School.

Mr. G, Montgomery

Mr. G. G. W. Montgomery : Headmaster

Mr. Graham Montgomery is a native of county Armagh. Mr. Montgomery joined the Royal School as headmaster in September 2018. He holds a BA degree in Politics and Modern History and a PGCE from Queen’s University, Belfast and was awarded the Professional Qualification for Headship (PQH) in 2010. Mr. Montgomery has taught Politics and History throughout his career and gained significant experience in curriculum development and pastoral care through roles as Head of Year, Curriculum Coordinator, Senior Teacher and Vice Principal. He has a deep commitment to the value of boarding education and staff development. Mr. Montgomery is a member of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference, the Chartered College of Teaching and the Association of School and College Leaders.

Mr McConnell

Mr. S. McConnell : Bursar

Mr. McConnell is Bursar and Head of Corporate Governance in the school, including legal, financial, HR and Estates management. He also acts as Secretary to the Board of Governors and is responsible for the Year 8 Admissions process. He is a law graduate from the University of Leicester, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and is a qualified accountant. He worked at a senior level in the private sector for a number of years and joined the school in 1995.

Mr Aitken

Mr. A. Aitken : Vice Principal (Curriculum)

Mr. Aitken is in charge of the curriculum, which also includes administering reports and student tracking. In addition to management responsibilities, he teaches Biology to A Level and Psychology to GCSE; he also runs the Badminton Club. He was educated in Scotland, attending Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where he studied Biochemistry and Microbiology. His teaching career has been varied and taken him from England to the Bahamas, the Middle East to Northern Ireland. He was Acting Principal of the British School, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before his appointment at the Royal School.

Mr Hooks

Mr. K. J. Hooks : Vice Principal (Pastoral)

Mr. Hooks is Head of Pastoral Care and former Head of Mathematics. He is currently 2nd XV Coach and in Charge of Scripture Union. He has taught at the Royal School since 1983 and is a graduate of Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster. He is a former Irish rugby international and has coached the Ulster Schools and Irish schools rugby teams. He is a past pupil of Bangor GS where he was deputy Head Boy and an Ulster Schools’ Cup winning captain. He is also an Ulster Schools’ Cup winning coach with the Royal School. He still holds the Ulster Schools’ record for the 100m sprint set in 1979!

Mr S Cardwell

Mr. S. Cardwell : Head of Mathematics

Mr. Cardwell is Head of Mathematics and Numeracy throughout the school. He is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast. He previously taught in Omagh Academy and he has been teaching at the Royal School since 2010. He is also a rugby coach for the Medallion XV taking the team to Medallion Shield success in 2018.

Dr Addis

Dr. P. W. Addis : Head of ICT

Dr. Addis’ whole school responsibilities include Data and Systems Analyst, Curriculum Timetable Developer, School Information Management System Administrator, C2k Manager and ICT Co-Ordinator. He is Head of the Computing and ICT Department. Dr. Addis is interested in school improvement and effectiveness frameworks and he has focused on the development and implementation of a whole school Personalised Learning and Assessment Programme which has received national recognition and international interest. Dr. Addis is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast.

Mrs Montgomery

Mrs. L. Montgomery : Head of English and SENCO

Mrs. Montgomery is Senior Mistress and Head of Girls’ Welfare. She is also Head of English, Literacy and is the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo). A joint honours graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, in English and French, she is a fluent French speaker. She produces school musicals and also helps to lead the school’s relief work initiative in India about which she is passionate.

Miss A Murdock : Senior Head of Department

Miss Murdock is Senior Head of Department in school. In addition, she is a Head of Year, Head of Geography and in charge of teacher induction and the early professional development of Beginning Teachers. She has taught in Kent, Moscow, Barcelona and Valencia. She is passionate about running and leads the school running club. She hails from Ballyclare and graduated from the universities of Leeds and Bath.

Mr Cunningham

Mr. D. Cunningham : Head of Sixth Form

Mr. Cunningham is Head of Sixth Form and teacher of Mathematics. He has recently returned from a two year secondment as Principal of Armagh City High School. As a highly qualified Outward Bound leader, he heads up the School’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He also co-ordinates the Armagh Area Learning Community initiatives.