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Executive headteacher is appointed to Bury St Edmunds middle school

Geoff Barton (left) of King Edward VI School has been appointed as executive head of Hardwick Middle School pictured with Phil Bowcher (centre) (Chair of Govenors at Hardwick) and Andrea Smith Headteacher at Hardwick Middle School

Geoff Barton (left) of King Edward VI School has been appointed as executive head of Hardwick Middle School pictured with Phil Bowcher (centre) (Chair of Govenors at Hardwick) and Andrea Smith Headteacher at Hardwick Middle School

A Bury St Edmunds upper school headteacher has been appointed to oversee standards and strategy at a middle school in the town.

Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI, is to become executive headteacher of Hardwick Middle from September, when its current head, Andrea Smith, retires.

The position has been created to help aid the transfer of students between the two sites, based on the assumption the county council will decide to move forward with two-tier schooling and close Bury’s middle schools.

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 youngsters and adults – as we keep building on the great work of our existing partnership.”

A head of school will be appointed to take charge of the day-to-day work at Hardwick.

Ms Smith, who has been headteacher there for five years, said: “I am very 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.”

 

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