Glemsford head guest speaker at trust conference

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A Glemsford headteacher was a guest speaker at an academy conference, which includes schools in Glemsford and Great Cornard.

Andrew Hammond, headteacher of Glemsford Primary Academy and a respected author, discussed the importance of challenging learning in the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.

The day of seminars and workshops was organised by Samuel Ward Academy Trust with the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill school joining counterparts from Newmarket Academy and Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard.

It is the second time the academy trust has organised a day for its secondary schools with a separate conference for primary schools also held.

Howard Lay, chief executive of Samuel Ward Academy Trust, said: “It is an opportunity to celebrate the success of the schools and also present the priorities of the trust for the coming year.

“One of the main aims of the academy trust is to provide support to all staff, as well as challenge them. The conference was a great way to bring various departments and support staff together.”

Vicky de Naeyer, chair of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust board, added: “We want to share best practice as even the best schools can learn something from someone else.

“We shared stories and experiences and tips on how to do things better. The conference was a really valuable exercise.”

There was a mixed reaction to Thomas Gainsborugh School’s decision to join the academy in 2014 but headteacher Wayne Lloyd defended the move.

At the time he said it would allow the school to improve and learn from other academies, such as the ‘outstanding’ Samuel Ward Academy, as well as make savings, which could be spent on education.