As the Principal of Belfast Model School for Girls, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the school’s website which aims to give you an insight to the life and work of our school. I work closely with a team of Senior Teachers to lead the school. Meet the team by clicking here.
The school’s motto is ‘Achievement for All’ and this permeates everything we do. The Board of Governors and I have very high expectations of all members of our school community and together share an ambition for Belfast Model School for Girls to be seen as one of Northern Ireland’s best schools, recognised as a happy school where the quality of provision supports and develops students who strive to be the best they can be. We have an ethos of hard-work, aspiration and success delivered through a culture of nurture, support and encouragement.
We are committed to ensuring that students are equipped to become independent, life- long learners. We develop responsible students who are socially, culturally and spiritually aware, respect and tolerate differences, are highly-skilled and well qualified to take their place at university or in the world of work. Our students make a contribution to our community and the wider community of Northern Ireland. The school has an active international programme so that students understand their place in our increasingly global community.
We have an excellent curriculum that supports all learners, regardless of their starting point, to achieve excellence. I want students to know no limit to their ambition. Our dedicated and well-qualified staff will ensure your daughter is challenged and supported, whilst our ethos of hard work and effort, coupled with students’ perseverance create the pathway to students realising their ambition and achieving their full potential.
Our students perform very well academically and are able to let their talent shine. I am a firm believer that school should be about everyone finding something they enjoy and at which they excel. Our extensive extra-curricular programme and £30 million, state of the art facilities mean that we can offer the very best of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Our facilities for Music, Art, Drama, Dance and Sport are second to none. Every student in the school is expected to take part in at least one extracurricular club or activity and we enjoy and celebrate the talent of students during sporting events and performances that take place in school, the wider community and on the national and international stage.
Belfast Model School for Girls is a supportive school, with exceptional pastoral systems that ensure that each child is cared for. I sincerely believe that a happy child is a successful child and as such I have no tolerance of bullying. Incidents of bullying at the school are rare and are dealt with effectively, however should any parent have a concern in this area, then please do contact the school to speak to me directly. All students in this school work to the principle that Actions Bring Consequences. Rewards are very important to us and I am keen that we celebrate student success and encourage positive behaviour choices, however I am also clear that should behaviour fall below our high expectations, we will act to deal with poor behaviour choices.
The partnership with our whole community is strong. We are a Full Service Extended School (in partnership with Belfast Boys’ Model School) and our buildings and facilities are open from 7am until 10pm, 7 days a week. Of special importance is the link between home and school and our expectation is for 100% attendance and excellent punctuality and that the highest standards of uniform are adhered to by all students.
I would like to extend an invitation to any parent who is considering Belfast Model School for Girls for their daughter to attend our open evening or, to see the school in action, to call and make an appointment for a tour of the school during the school day. These day time appointments are for adults only as children would have to take time out of their own school day to attend.
For parents with daughters already in the school, I also offer a Principal’s drop-in every half-term, where parents are free to call into the school to meet with me on any aspect of school life. Keep an eye on our school website for more information on the next Principal’s drop-in.
Mr E. Wright