New head for academy bid school

PARENTS of children at Sudbury Upper School are being consulted about plans for the school to become an academy school run by the Ormiston Academies Trust.

The name Ormiston Academy in Sudbury is being used as a “working title” during the consultation period, but the school may have a new name, as was recently announced for Great Cornard Upper School, which is to become Thomas Gainsborough School next year.

The consultation is being launched after a new principal was appointed by the trust, which runs 18 other academies across the UK. Parents will have a chance to meet the new headteacher next week.

Caroline Wilson, currently vice-principal of Parkwood Academy in Sheffield, Yorkshire, which specialises in language and sports, will take on the leadership of the proposed academy in Sudbury in the next academic year.

She will succeed interim headteacher Tony Evans, who has been running the school since Easter, after the resignation of former headteacher David Forrest.

Mrs Wilson, 48, has 15 years of experience in senior leadership roles. Prior to working at the Parkwood Academy, she was assistant headteacher at Newfield School in Sheffield.

“As a leader, I seek to create a positive learning environment and culture in which all learners feel safe, happy and able to achieve their very best,” she said.

“I have been truly enthused by the vision of the Ormiston Academies Trust. I am looking forward to working with staff and students to inspire others and lead the new academy into an exciting future.”

Staff, parents and community leaders are being invited to the school tonight between 7pm and 8pm to meet Mrs Wilson, members of the Ormiston Academies Trust and to find out more about the academy plans.

They have until May 28 to add their comments to the consultation process.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.