New head teacher appointed at Haverhill academy
The new headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy has spoken of his excitement at landing the top role.
Andy Hunter will replace Mark Neild at the Haverhill school after being named this week following a rigorous selection process involving staff, pupils, governors and representatives of the Unity Schools Partnership, of which Samuel Ward Academy is a member of.
Mr Hunter, 45, who was described by governors as the “exceptional candidate”, will join the school in January from his current position as vice-principal at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris.
Mr Hunter said: “I am delighted to be the new headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy.
“It is a lovely school, full of possibilities and potential - I just can’t wait to get started.”
Mr Hunter has worked in education for 20 years including being part of a senior leadership team for the last 13 years.
Tim Coulson, chief executive of the Unity Schools Partnership, said: “Andy Hunter was the outstanding candidate from a strong field of applicants.
“We look forward to him joining a very strong group of heads in the trust and am confident he will be just the right person to lead the school going forward. We know parents will be keen to meet him and we will look to arrange this.”
Mr Hunter will replace Mr Neild who has been appointed to a post with the Paradigm Trust and will leave the school in the summer.
Sue Kehr, chair of governors at Samuel Ward Academy, added: “With Mr Hunter’s appointment we can be very optimistic about a strong, stable and successful future for the school and I know that he is already looking forward to meeting with parents and students and sharing his vision for the future.
Nick Froy will act as interim head before returning to his post as principal of the neighbouring Newmarket Academy, which is also part of the Unity Schools Partnership.