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Cregagh Primary School, Mount Merrion Avenue

Principal Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Cregagh Primary School’s website; which I hope will provide you with a ‘window’ into school life at Cregagh Primary – a school that truly Puts Children First.

For those of you who may not know me as well as some others, my name is David Heggarty and I am excited to be working with the community, staff, families and children in my role as Acting Principal.  I am intensely proud of our school and look forward to its bigger and brighter future.  Below you will find some additional information about me as a first step in developing what I hope to be a lasting professional relationship.

Born and brought up on the Cregagh Road, I attended Cregagh Primary, Knockbreda and Wellington College schools.  Following Sixth Form, I went to Stranmillis College, where I trained to be a Primary school teacher.  My official teaching career began at Blackmountain Primary School (Springmartin, Belfast) where I taught for a year.  This was followed by three years at Avoniel Primary School.  In 1999, I moved to Cregagh Primary School; being appointed Vice-Principal in 2010 and Acting Principal in 2014, it is with delight that I have been appointed Principal in 2019.  I hold additional qualifications in education: a Masters Degree in Special Education and Educational Management and the Northern Ireland Professional Qualification for Headship.

I myself have five children: four at Secondary school and one at Primary school.  Consequently, I empathise with those faced with the challenges of being a parent.  As a parent and teacher, I am always thinking about how my own children experience school.  I know that this is on all your minds as you send your children off to school each day, along with your own aspirations for and expectations of them.

As Principal, my intention is that my staff will continue to provide your children with the same positive school experience we would hope for our own children. From what I know, this will be easily attainable because we have such a highly-skilled, hardworking and dedicated staff.  Moreover, our school is governed by Governors who really care about the welfare and education of each and every child.

Cregagh Primary School is very special to me; it’s very much in my DNA!   I have spent more than 24 years here: first as a pupil and then as a teacher.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns.  My door is always open to you.  I can be reached by phone at 028 90401246 and by email at

I look forward to our learning journey together: children, parents and school.

Yours sincerely,

David F. Heggarty