Hazelwood Integrated Students complete Northern Ireland’s first ever School Internship Programme!

Students at Hazelwood have successfully completed the school’s inaugural internship programme, which is run in partnership with major employers and which represents a first in Northern Ireland. Watch the video here

Our Principal

One of the great pleasures of working as a Professor of Education at Queen’s University is that I get to meet some remarkable school principals in Northern Ireland and beyond. One of the very best, and most inspirational, is Máire Thompson, and I couldn’t have been more pleased when she became Principal of Hazelwood College, a school I know very well.

Máire combines enormous energy, deep commitment and boundless imagination, all of which is harnessed towards providing a first class educational experience for her pupils, in whom she wishes to instil a clear sense of hope for the future.

Her approach is based on a strong moral compass and a core belief in the positive potential of education. She recognises there is talent in every child and sees the teachers’ role as helping to draw out and encourage this talent. But Máire’s approach is not based solely on an empathetic orientation towards her students – though undoubtedly this exists and is one of her driving motivations – but also on a steely determination actually to do something and make a difference for each one of them.

And I am not the only one to notice! While Máire was in her previous role as Principal of Malone College, the school won the Derrytrasna Award for Outstanding Pastoral Care in 2015 and in 2017 Máire received the Pearson UK Headteacher of the Year Award. She has worked as an Associate Assessor for the Education & Training Inspectorate (ETI) since 2014, is the Chairperson of the Department of Education Newcomers Reference Group and was appointed to the 14-19 Innovation Labs this year.

I know Máire is going to be a tremendous success in Hazelwood College and I trust she will continue to play a role as one of the finest school leaders we have in Northern Ireland.

Foreword by Tony Gallagher
Professor of Education and Dean of Research for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast

Maire Thompson Principal Hazelwood College

Principal: Maire Thompson

UK Principal of the Year 2017

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My time at Hazelwood was a happy and pleasant one. The teachers and other staff each played a part in helping me to reach my career goals through life skills, through teaching and encouragement. As a student from a lower class background - I worried about never getting into university - but at Hazelwood, no door was ever closed to me and teachers were happy to help you where they could. Today I can stand and say I proudly achieved my goals and now work as a GIS Consultant at Land and Property Services. And that none of it would have been possible without the foundations of education I received at Hazelwood. - (Started in the year 2003)

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Just a quick email to say your open night was very impressive and the pupil Jack Marshall is a credit to your school he made my daughter and I very welcome thanks again

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