Newmarket College is set to become an academy with a new executive principal who has vowed to lead the school out of special measures.
Howard Lay, currently the executive principal at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, will take on the dual role of executive principal at both colleges if the academy’s application to sponsor the Exning Road college, which is expected to move to sponsored status from April 2014, is approved by the Government.
Mr Lay said: “With strong teaching leading to better results this year, we are confident that Newmarket College will quickly re-establish itself as a good school providing high quality education to the young people it serves.”
Newmarket College was put into special measures in April, but managed to achieve its best-ever GCSE results this year.
Principal Dr Bob Cadwalladr said: “I believe that this secures the future of the college and will drive and support our school improvement journey. Our ambition is not just to get out of Special Measures, but to continue on to become a Good and then an outstanding School and our partnership with the Samuel Ward Academy Trust will be really important in securing this outcome.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “Howard is a respected and well-regarded National Leader for Education so I’m delighted that he has agreed to join Newmarket College.
“His appointment is excellent news for Newmarket College parents and pupils.