Name change for Suffolk New Academy as it becomes Chantry Academy. What do you think?

Suffolk New Academy

Suffolk New Academy - Credit: Lucy taylor

Suffolk New Academy is to change its name to Chantry Academy from September.

Chantry Academy's new logo

Chantry Academy's new logo - Credit: Archant

The academy, previously Chantry High School, will become part of the Active Learning Trust as the new academic year kicks off and has a new principal, Craig D’Cunha.

The name change was decided following a consultation with parents, students and staff. Chantry Academy was the most popular choice, receiving 66% of the votes.

Mr D’Cunha said: “I’m delighted that the popular choice included Chantry in the title. Schools reflect the community they serve, and the people of Chantry should have a school that they can believe in, call their own and support with pride.”

The academy has also launched a new logo to accompany the name change, and will be supplying badges to replace the old logo on uniform blazers.

Gary Peile, chief executive of the Active Learning Trust, said: “This name change represents the steps that the academy is taking to return to its roots as the school serving Chantry.

“Mr D’Cunha had an overwhelming response from parents, students and staff about the academy’s name, and has listened to and implemented this feedback.

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“The academy’s name now reflects what it stands for and hopes to achieve; being an active part of the community as a hub and provider of quality secondary education.”

Suffolk New Academy was placed into special measures earlier this year after an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection.

A follow-up mini inspection found that despite a “high level of recent turbulence”, senior staff have “worked hard” to improve teaching and learning.

Ipswich MP, Ben Gummer, welcomed the change. He said it would have a “great deal of resonance” with parents in south-east Ipswich.

The Active Learning Trust is taking over from academy sponsor New Academies Trust.

The school changed its name from Chantry High School to Suffolk New Academy in 2012.

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