Memorable Learning


Teaching Staff

After the children, any school's chief asset is its staff.
Ampertaine Primary School has a highly motivated and well qualified staff who go well beyond the call of duty in:

  • providing the care, support our young learners deserve
  • developing  and delivering rich experiences in and out of our classrooms
  • processing the huge amount of information required in a 21st Century school
  • maintaining our equipment, buildings and grounds
  • preparing meals and snacks enjoyed by staff and children

The school's Board of Governors have, through close management of the school's finances, strategic recruitment and professional development, supported our teachers so that our children can benefit in every aspect of their seven years with us.

Mr. Dillon


Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer

Mr Dillon studied Geography for three years at the University of Ulster followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He has studied at masters level and completed his Professional Qualification for Headship. Mr Dillon teaches Primary 6&7 children.  

Mrs. Ruth Penny
P5/6 Teacher (Job Share)

Designated Child Protection Officer

Mrs. Penny has been a teacher in Ampertaine for over 20 years in Key Stage Two though has been job sharing for the past number of years. She teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, job sharing with Mrs Speers.

Mrs. Penny completed her degree at Stranmillis College, Belfast, specialising in Maths and is our Numeracy co-ordinator.

Mrs. Rachel Phillips
P2/P3 & P6/7 Teacher (Job Share)
Mrs. Phillips trained at Stranmillis University College.  She specialised in RE & History. 

She is the co-ordinator for the World Around Us.  She teaches P2/3 on Wednesday & P6/7 on Thursday and Friday.  She has been a teacher in Ampertaine PS for 16 years.

Mrs Denise Cunningham
P4 Teacher
Mrs. Cunningham trained as a primary school teacher at Stranmillis University College.  She has been a teacher in Ampertaine for 10 years and is our Literacy co-ordinator.

Mrs. Jacqui Speers
P5/6 (job Share) & SENCO
Mrs. Speers trained as a primary school teacher at Strathclyde University. She has specialist training in the area for difficulties in literacy development. She has been a teacher at Ampertaine for the last 8 years. She job shares on a Thursday and Friday with Mrs Penny teaching P5/6, as well as being our SENCO

Mrs. Rhonda Wallace
P2/3 Teacher
Mrs. Wallace trained as a primary school teacher at Liverpool Hope University, specialising in Science.  She has been teaching in Ampertaine for 7 years and is the Eco-Schools Co-ordinator.  She works monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Mrs L Logan
P1 Teacher 
Mrs Logan trained as a primary school teacher at Stranmills University College.  

Miss Margaret Johnston
Previous Vice Principal, retired 2015

Mr. Garry McIlwaine                     

Previous Principal, retired 30 October 2018

Mr. McIlwaine trained as a specialist primary school teacher at Stranmillis College, Belfast. He has studied at Degree and Advanced Diploma levels. His specialist subjects are PE, ICT and Geography.
He has 25 years' experience as a primary school principal, 20 of these at Ampertaine.
He taught our Primary 6/ 7 children.