July 2018

Dear Parents

The Governors are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Andy Hunter as the new Headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy.

During a rigorous selection process involving staff, pupils, Governors and representatives of the Trust, Mr Hunter stood out as an exceptional candidate to all those involved, and was the clear and unanimous choice of all members of the selection panel.

Mr Hunter is currently Vice-Principal at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris. He will be joining us in January 2019 and during the Autumn Term Mr Nick Froy will be acting as Headteacher of the school. Mr Froy is the highly regarded Headteacher at Newmarket Academy and has been a Governor at Samuel Ward since 2016 so he knows the school well. He has already started coming in to school and meeting with Mr Neild and other key members of staff to ensure a smooth transition for September. In the same way, Mr Hunter and Mr Froy will be in close communication over the coming months to ensure a successful handover inJanuary.

With Mr Hunter’s appointment we can be very optimistic about a strong, stable and successful future for the school and I know that he is already looking forward to meeting with parents and students and sharing his vision for the future.

Yours sincerely

Sue Kehr

Chair of Governors