Thetford Academy Christine Carey to leave at the end of the term

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THETFORD Academy have announced that head teacher Christine Carey will be leaving at the end of this term.

The announcement comes just days after the school confirmed that the North Campus will be the permanent home of a new single site for all pupils.

Mrs Carey said: “I have decided to step down from my post for health reasons and I am bitterly disappointed that I will not be able to see through the project to completion on the new site.

“I have had tremendous support from everyone in this community and I hope the Academy goes from strength to strength.”

Cathy Spillane, current head of the school’s south site, will be acting principal until January 2012. The academy will also be looking to recruit an associate principal for two terms.

Melvyn Roffe, chair of governors, said: “We all join with Christine in being very disappointed that she cannot continue in her post having made such a positive impact in the last year.”

At a business forum meeting on Wednesday, Mrs Carey had confirmed long-awaited plans that the school would continue on a single site on Croxton Road from 2013.

A controversial decision to separate its pupils between the north and south sites from September according to their age has also been scrapped – averting £190,000 a year transport costs according to Mrs Carey.

The school has explored development options in and around Thetford since an £18.3 million funding boost from the Department for Education. The Shadwell Stud Estate on the east of the town was up for consideration, but the final decision was to develop the north Campus on Croxton Road.

David Lawrence, principal at sponsor school Easton College, said the academy had opted to redevelop the old Rosemary Musker site as the Shadwell site was not an option.

The new building will create a single site for the academy, with capacity for 2,040 students.

Students will remain at their current sites until then, while to avoid unnecessary disruption new Year 7 pupils will go to school at the north campus.

Parents had previously complained about a lack of communication from the school on the proposed move.

Mr Lawrence said it was unfortunate but necessary for the plans to remain confidential, but that the school would be looking for more dialogue with parents now that they had progressed.