December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A headteacher has left a school in special measures just weeks into the new term as it prepares to become an academy.
Dr Robert Cadwalladr left Newmarket College last week after five years at the school’s helm, while three governors also resigned. The school would not confirm the circumstances surrounding Dr Cadwalladr’s departure.
The school was put into special measures in April after Ofsted rated it “inadequate”, although it did achieve its best-ever GCSE results this summer. Last month the school announced its plans to convert to an academy, sponsored by Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill.
Executive principal of Samuel Ward, Howard Lay, has now taken up the same position at Newmarket College, with the college’s deputy head, Nick Froy, appointed as interim head of school.
Mr Froy said: “This arrangement secures effective leadership during the consultation phase of the move to sponsored academy.”
Samuel Ward, which converted to an academy in February 2012, was rated “outstanding” by the education watchdog in October last year.
In a letter to parents last week, Dr Cadwalladr said: “This is a very sad day for me.
“I have grown an affection, respect and love for the young people of Newmarket and their community.
“It has been a great pleasure to be part of their education, their growth and their successes.”