Donegal ETB has confirmed the appointment of Mr Philip McGuinness as the new second Deputy Principal of Crana College in Buncrana.
He will now join the Senior Management Team of Mr Kevin Cooley, Principal, and Ms Sinead Anderson, Deputy Principal.
Mr McGuinness will take up his appointment over the summer.
The additional Deputy Principal post arose as a result of the continued increase in enrolment.
From Buncrana, Mr McGuinness has been employed in Crana College for the last seventeen years. Initially, he taught as a Science and Biology teacher, and more recently as the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Coordinator.
Previous roles included Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) Coordinator, public relations and enrolment, as well as an academic year as Acting Deputy Principal. He has also taken on a number of roles nationally with the Junior Cycle for Teachers, Professional Development Service for Teachers and National Induction Programme for Teachers.
Philip said of his appointment, “I am excited about the prospect of being Deputy Principal in the school that I attended as a student, and in which I have worked for the majority of my career. The support in place and the commitment from staff to the school is exemplary. We are very community focused, and I hope to further enhance this through my role. Crana College is a very special place to work as there is a positive atmosphere of respect, care and achievement. Crana College has an exciting future – in particular the new school building will be very welcome by students, staff and parents and also a great additional resource to the Buncrana community and beyond.”
Crana College has a school population of more than 600 students, with a teaching staff in excess of fifty and another twenty support staff members, inclusive of sixteen Special Needs Assistants (SNAs).
In congratulating Philip on his appointment, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools Dr Martin Gormley said he was delighted to welcome the appointment of Mr Philip McGuinness as an additional Deputy Principal at Crana College.
Crana College is one of fifteen of the county’s twenty-seven post-primary schools, and one of three in Inishowen, under the management of Donegal ETB, the largest education and training provider in the county. Over 5,600 students attended Donegal ETB post-primary schools in 2022.