A school in Ipswich has announced it will start to use a co-leadership model, as joint principals are set to take the school forward.

Abbie Thorrington and Samuel Fox are going to take joint leadership of Ipswich Academy, part of Paradigm Trust.

Miss Thorrington has been principal at Ipswich Academy since 2020 and will return to the school after maternity leave, with Mr Fox being interim principal in her absence.

This arrangement adds capacity to the school's senior leadership team, increasing it to two principals and three assistant principals.

Ipswich Star: Ipswich Academy, part of Paradigm TrustIpswich Academy, part of Paradigm Trust (Image: Newsquest)

Mr Fox said: "I'm looking forward to co-leading with Abbie.

"Abbie and I have worked together for over 10 years, first when she trained as a PE teacher then together as assistant principals for around three years before Abbie became principal, so we know each other's working practices very well.

Miss Thorrington added: "The co-leadership model is an exciting step forward for Ipswich Academy.

"It strengthens the leadership team and in turn, the teaching staff throughout the school.

"Samuel and I have already worked in partnership for several years which makes this model even stronger."

Ipswich Star: Abbie Thorrington and Samuel FoxAbbie Thorrington and Samuel Fox (Image: Paul Nixon Photography)