Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -2°C

Search

Upper and middle school poised to work even more closely together

10:18 08 June 2014

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

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

Archant

The headteacher of a Bury St Edmunds upper school will oversee “standards and strategy” at a middle school which is earmarked for closure.

Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI, will become executive headteacher of Hardwick Middle School in the town from September as its current head, Andrea Smith, is retiring.

Mr Barton added a member of the King Edward VI School’s leadership team would become head of school at Hardwick to take charge of day-to-day work there.

In addition, there is likely to be a consultant head who has worked in middle schools who would help with the process. He said these moves should reassure parents, if Suffolk County Council’s cabinet decide on Tuesday to close the middle school, that staff would focus on continuing to raise standards and create opportunities for the students.

Mr Barton said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled about this development. I look forward to working closely with the students, staff, parents and governors of both our schools, and believe that this will be a hugely exciting phase of learning – for children and adults – as we keep building on the great work of our existing partnership.”

Hardwick Middle and King Edward VI School already work closely together to ease the transfer of students between the schools and to provide a range of shared projects in sport, the arts, debating and student leadership.

One member of each school’s governing bodies will join the other school with immediate effect and the senior leadership team of the two schools will be merged.

Phil Bowcher, chairman of governors at Hardwick, and Robin Burnett, chairman of governors at King Edward VI School, said both students and staff at the schools should benefit hugely.

Ms Smith said: “I am so sad to be leaving Hardwick after such a happy and successful time.

“However, I am delighted that the ground-breaking partnership with King Edward’s will now move even more to the centre of the work of both schools. The response of parents has been hugely positive.”

Hardwick, along with three other middle schools in the town, are planned to close as part of a move to two-tier schooling in the area.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A senior detective has warned residents to be vigilant after burglaries in Suffolk increased by 40% in December.

Dozens of public houses have closed in Ipswich in recent years. The pace of losses has now slowed and many community pubs are run by volunteers. 
This week David Kindred looks back at the two in particular - The Old Bell, which stood at the junction of Stoke Street, Vernon Street and Bell Lane, and Blooming Fuchsia in Foxhall Road.

A new walkway could be built from a busy road to an Ipswich park after campaigners called form greater safety measures.

A quiet Suffolk village is in lockdown this afternoon as a police stand-off which began at 11.15pm yesterday continues.

Back before they were presenting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Brit Awards, Ant and Dec took the UK by storm with their pop duo act, PJ & Duncan.

A 31-year-old Ipswich woman has been fined after admitting she falsely claimed more than £7,000 in benefits.

With the sun setting on the sleepy village of Crowfield this afternoon, you would hardly have known it was 18 hours in to an armed police stand-off.

Music lovers heading to Jimmy’s Festival at his farm in Wherstead this summer are in for a treat – festival favourite KT Tunstall has been booked as a headliner.

Vulnerable older people in Suffolk are missing out on a million pounds worth of benefits they did not know they could claim.

A 27-year-old man who was being attacked, punched an innocent bystander in a case of mistaken identity, a court heard.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24