Foyle College head to retire

Foyle Headmaster Mr. Jack Magill. 2009JM33
Foyle Headmaster Mr. Jack Magill. 2009JM33

The headmaster of Foyle College has announced that he is to retire at the end of the school year.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday he said, “It’s the right time to go.”

Mr Jack Magill has been headmaster of the local grammar school since 1994.

In his time there he spearheaded the plans to move the school to a new site at the old army barracks at Clooney.

He admits that he is “disappointed” to be leaving before the much-anticipated move.

“It is disappointing to be leaving before the school made its move to the new site. I expected to be retiring from a new office overlooking the Foyle, so it is disappointing to be leaving ahead of that move.

However, he also says he has done as much as he could. “It’s at the stage where the process is now at a standstill. Maybe a new head will try new tactics.

“There is no reason why it cannot get back on track.”

Mr Magill said he enjoyed his time at the school, “Foyle College has been a good place to work and I have enjoyed a good relationship with governors and staff.

“The pupils have always been a pleasure to work with and the parents and families have been very supportive of the school.”