The principal of Newmarket College has quit his post just weeks after an ‘executive head’ was appointed to run the school which was judged inadequate by government inspectors in April.
Dr Bob Cadwalladr left the Exning Road school on Wednesday after five years as head. The Journal has learned that the chairman of the school’s governing body, Vernon Smith, has also resigned along with three other governors, Judith Harper, Malcolm Finney and Robin Farr.
Only last month, Howard Lay, executive principal of the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, was brought in a bid to improve the failing school.
Since Mr Lay took over in 2000, Samuel Ward has risen from a satisfactory to an outstanding rating in its last two Ofsted inspections. It has also secured a 24 per cent rise in students achieving five or more GCSE A*-C grades, including English and maths, in the last three years.
Parents of pupils were informed of Dr Cadwalladr’s departure the day he left. He said he went with “happy memories” of his time at the college.
“I have grown an affection, respect and love for the young people of Newmarket and their community,” he said. “It has been a great pleasure to be part of their education, their growth and their successes. I shall miss them hugely, my lodestone has been the building of their life choices and life chances and I wish all the students of Newmarket College the best for their futures. I shall miss being part of it.”
Nick Froy, current deputy principal, who has been appointed interim head, said: “I can confirm that Dr Bob Cadwalladr has left Newmarket College and three governors have resigned. I will be working with executive principal Howard Lay and the local authority to ensure that the college continues its drive for improved outcomes for all the young people of Newmarket.”
A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We very much support the idea of Howard Lay becoming executive principal and bringing with him years of experience and talent. We’re confident that with Howard’s leadership, dedicated staff and governors and support from the county council, Newmarket College will quickly regain its position as a provider of good quality education.”