Barry Phillips Meets... Hilary Woods

Posted in : Podcasts on 8 August 2018 Issues covered:

Hilary Woods headshotHilary Woods is Principal of Belfast Royal Academy which is widely recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s top post-primary schools.

Her teaching career began at Ashfield Girls School, and continued at Wallace High School and then Victoria College where she was Deputy Principal by the time she left in 2014. Her first permanant tenure as Principal was at Antrim Grammar school during which time the school topped the GCSE league tables in Northern Ireland with 100% of pupils gaining 5 GCSEs grades A-C.

In 2017, she became the first person in almost a century to be appointed principal of BRA from outside of the school and significantly the first ever female too.

Her guiding mantra in life is “do what is right not what is easy”.

She has been described by former colleagues as “fearless” with “boundless energy” and as a “woman with great vision but also a first-class implementer /finisher”. Another peer said of Hilary: “I’ve never worked with someone who has had such an important impact on my life”.

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