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Key teaching appointments for new secondary school

Sybil Andrews Academy, off Lady Miriam Way ANL-160321-154418009
Sybil Andrews Academy, off Lady Miriam Way ANL-160321-154418009

The principal of a new secondary school which is due to open in September has made several key teaching appointments.

Andy Prestoe, who is at the helm of the new Sybil Andrews Academy, off Lady Miriam Way, in Bury St Edmunds, has recruited two vice-principals James Mason and Shaun Douglas as well as all heads of department and key stage.

Andy Prestoe
Andy Prestoe

It follows 150 applications so far for roles at the school.

He said: “We’ve had great interest in the vacancies and now have some fantastic teaching staff on board.

“The new staff are all very excited by the project and committed to wanting to do their best for students in Bury.

“There is an opportunity for all of the different heads of department, and all staff, to help shape the future of a brand new school.”

The £20 million plus school, which is currently under construction, is part of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.

Addressing parent’s concerns that the school may have strugled with recruitment, Mr Prestoe said: “We’ve ended up with a huge number of applications - even in subjects like maths and science which has a national shortage. This has enabled us to be in a wonderful position when it comes to appointing. I think the positive reputation of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust has played a part in attrcating such a high calibre of applicants.

“We want Sybil Andrews Academy to share the same vision as the entire trust - that is not just about high academic outcomes but developing the whole pupil. Every staff member is committed to building powerful relationships and excellent outcomes.”

Sybil Andrews is working with neighbouring primary and middle schools to ensure the curriculum is linked up. A funding agreement has been signed off by the Department for Education.

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