Having already been at Westfield Primary Academy in Haverhill for 16 years, new head teacher Nicky Tyler could not be better placed to understand the challenge that lies ahead.
Miss Tyler officially took over this month from her predecessor Rosie Campbell, who retired at the end of the last term.
She has spent her entire teaching career at Westfield, working her way up through the ranks to become assistant head two years ago and now head.
In that time she has taught at Foundation, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two levels, acquiring the experience and knowledge required for her new role.
“At the moment for my change of role I’m getting used to the change,” she said.
“Having been involved in the school for so long I’m able to hit the ground running as I know the whole structure, I now the children and where our strengths lie and I want to move this forward so we continue to improve.”
With Westfield now a part of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, Miss Tyler will work closely with the Trust’s executive principal and director of primary learning, Darren Woodward, who began his newly-created role at the start of this term.
Miss Tyler said: “It is a different set up and one that’s being taken up at lots of different schools across the country, especially those that are part of an academy trust.
“At the end of the day we want to see our schools moving forward, continuing to be good and for them to be seen as leading schools in the area.”
The 380-pupil school achieved a rating of good at its last Ofsted inspection in 2010 and following the
closure of Haverhill’s middle schools in 2011 has been in the process of going up from one class per year to two.
The final stage of the school’s growth will see them move from one class to two in both year five and year six from September.
Jill Lightfoot is continuing as the school’s deputy head.