Donaghey Controlled Primary School was opened in September 1977 to replace the original Donaghey Primary School and neighbouring Sandholes Primary School. The present school has an enrolment of 99 pupils and a staff of a teaching Principal, 4 full time teachers, 1 part-time Learning Support Teacher and a Principal’s Release Teacher for 2 days per week and three classroom assistants.

The completion of a long awaited extension in Autumn 2001 (which added two spacious classrooms, a resource area, office accommodation, and a sports hall) removed the need for temporary mobile classrooms, and ensured that the school building is equipped with all the physical and technological features necessary for the delivery of the curriculum in the twenty-first century. Due to a continued rise in enrolment over the last few years we have now another temporary mobile in place. The school has disabled access with an exterior ramp at the entrance, a wheelchair lift and disabled toilet facilities and in accordance with SENDO legislation 2005, will facilitate, where possible, children with disabilities

Over the last few years the school’s grounds have been developed to promote pupil’s physical activity, environmental awareness and opportunities for active learning. A wildlife garden, which was officially opened in June 2007 by the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn, was built after £10,000 funding was secured by the school’s Parents’ Association from Awards for All. A further £10,000 from the BBC’s Breathing Places Initiative was used by the Parents’ Association to build an outdoor classroom and this was officially opened by Lord Brookeborough in September 2008. The school grounds also contain a recently built sand-based, fenced sports pitch and a trim-trail which was installed with £2,400 funding from Big Deal.School meals are prepared daily on the premises in a well equipped kitchen and are served in the multi-purpose hall situated within the main school building


2019/20 Staff


Mr. S. Harrison

Mrs. M. Wilson

Principle & P6/7 

Senior Teacher


Assistant Teachers

Mrs. M. Wilson

Mrs. K. Nelson/Mrs. S. Workman

Mr. D. Ferguson

Mrs. D. Wilson

Mrs. S. Hardy



Mrs. T Hogg

Miss. A. Leslie

Mrs. S. Watson

Mrs. H. Leslie

Mr. B. Leslie

Mrs H. Leslie/Mrs T. Hogg

Mrs G. Murphy/Mrs B. Murphy

Miss. A. Leslie

Mrs. H. Leslie




P1/2 Class Teacher

P2 & P3 Class Teacher(s)

P4 & P5 Class Teacher

P6 & P7 Principle Release Teacher (PT)

Learning Support Teacher (PT)


Non-Teaching (PT)

P1 Classroom Assistant

P3 SEN Classroom Assistant

Clerical Assistant



Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants

Cook in Charge/Kitchen Assistant

P1-P3 Club Co-Ordinator

Breakfast Club Co-Ordinator