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Following a recruitment process, Governors are pleased to confirm that the new Principal of Ben Madigan is Mr Matthew Skimin. Mr Skimin is currently a P6 teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team in Andrews Memorial Primary School, Comber. In addition to his teaching qualifications, he holds a M.Ed in Pastoral Care and has led in the curriculum areas of the World Around Us and Physical Education. We look forward to welcoming Mr Skimin to the staff of Ben Madigan from the beginning of the next academic year and wish him every success in this role.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Jones for fulfilling the role of Acting Principal since August 2018. She has introduced effective systems for the day to day management of the school alongside teaching the Prep 3 class and Ben Madigan has benefited greatly from her expertise as a SEN co-ordinator and classroom practitioner. Mrs Jones will remain in post until the end of this academic year.

Yours sincerely
Ken Knox
Warden, Belfast Royal Academy

A Tradition of Excellence since 1829

Set in magnificent, lush countryside yet close to the city, Ben Madigan is the Preparatory School of Belfast Royal Academy, offering excellence in pre-school and primary education for 3-11 year olds. Our purpose-built Kindergarten building provides a warm, welcoming and fun introduction to transitional learning for 3-4 year olds. The main Preparatory Department for children aged 4-11 years sets the scene for educational achievement, with exceptional staff and resources, small classes and a strong focus on nurturing individual talents. Family-focused with convenient ‘wrap around’ day care options, the Ben Madigan experience ensures parental peace of mind and happy, curious, confident pupils with a zest for life and learning.


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