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Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, to leave at Easter

PUBLISHED: 14:17 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:34 12 September 2016

Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI Upper School in Bury.

Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI Upper School in Bury.

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One of the best know headteachers in Bury St Edmunds has said he will stand down next Easter.

Geoff Barton, who has been at King Edward VI School in the town for nearly 15 years, made the announcement in a letter to parents and guardians this morning.

Saying he expected the news to be a surprise to some people he went on to explain the decision.

“On the back of our successful transition to an 11-18 high school, our best GCSE results in a decade, our largest ever Sixth Form, and with a superb team of committed staff, it feels to me the ideal time to hand over the leadership of the school to someone new,” he wrote.

“Easter will mark fifteen years since my arrival. It provides the perfect time for my successor to work with governors, staff and parents to decide where the school goes next, and to build on the excellent partnerships we have developed, locally and internationally.”

Mr Barton also said he knew he would be leaving the school “in strong collective hands” and that a new head could” rejuvenate the school’s mission”.

He added he was intending to pursue other projects after leaving the school but had not yet decided what these might be.

Mr Barton concluded: “Over the next two terms, I’m looking forward as much as ever to working with our great team of students and staff.

“Many thanks to all of you for your outstanding ongoing support of our work and values.”

Were you taught by Geoff Barton? What are your memories of him?

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