Lumen Christi College search for principal

Lumen Christi College principal Pat O'Doherty.
Lumen Christi College principal Pat O'Doherty.

Lumen Christi College is advertising for a new principal following the announcement that Pat O’Doherty is to retire during the Summer.

Eligible candidates have until May 18 to submit an application to lead one of the top performing schools in Northern Ireland.

Applicants must have a minimum of ten years’ teaching experience along with a Personal Qualification for Headship and hold an accredited qualification in educational management. They must also have previous experience as a principal or vice principal.

An advertisement placed in the Derry Journal states that the candidate will be expected to demonstrate commitment to promoting the Catholic and academic ethos of the college as well as outstanding leadership skills.

Patrick O’Doherty informed staff and governors of his decision to retire last month.

He is the second headmaster at the school taking over from Declan O’Kelly in 2004. The school’s vice principals are Mrs Siobhán McCauley and Dr Marie Ferris.

During Mr O’Doherty’s tenure as principal, the college has attained outstanding academic success. Its results in examinations have consistently ranked among the top in the UK.

Hailing from the Brandywell, Mr O’Doherty is a past pupil of St Columb’s College. He studied at St Joseph’s Teacher Training College, Belfast, before returning to St Columb’s College to teach. He later became head of English at the school.