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New Samuel Ward Academy headteacher outlines his vision for school

By Newsdesk Haverhill

The new headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy has outlined his plans to enhance the 'potential and opportunity' for students.

Andy Hunter has spoken of the 'huge honour' at leading the Haverhill school after joining from Cromwell Community College, in Chatteris, where he was vice-principal.

Mr Hunter, described by the Unity Schools Partnership as the 'exceptional candidate' when he was given the job, admitted he knew he wanted the position from his first encounter with students.

Andy Hunter, headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy
Andy Hunter, headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy

He said: “As soon as I came here for an interview, I knew I wanted to become the headteacher. I was met by friendly students who were both committed and curious.

“This is a school packed with potential and opportunity and I am very excited about the future.

“I know all about Samuel Ward’s proud history and I am looking to place the school back at the heart of the community and enhance it as a jewel in the crown of Haverhill.”

Mr Hunter has worked in education for 20 years including being part of a senior leadership team for the last 13 years.

He added: “I am looking to provide stability, consistency and commitment to the school - I am honoured to now be leading it.

“We have already got off to a great start with some really positive and busy open evenings while the Haverhill Community Sixth Form has been going great guns and we have a fantastic new school building to look forward to early next year.”

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