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A charming, gentle small school on the shores of Belfast Lough which feels like one big family, where ‘there is top down happiness from the headmaster and staff to the children and everyone seems to be smiling’. Children are encouraged to try new things like kayaking from Rockport’s own beach and sailing from Ballyholme Yacht Club - the school has produced four international sailors and half the Irish team...

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Headmaster

Since 2012, George Vance LLB BEd PQHNI (50s). He joined the school in 2007 as deputy head. His teacher training was at Stanmillis University College, part of Queen’s University Belfast, and he read law at the University of Ulster. His first teaching post was at Regent House School, where he would spend 25 years, 22 of them as head of DT. His two great ambitions when he became headmaster were for Rockport to join the Round Square group of schools and to open a sixth form, both now achieved. As a student teacher he read an article by Kurt Hahn which made a lasting impression, and one of the reasons he joined Rockport was because he felt it was a ‘Round Square school in waiting’.

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