New school is named after town’s artist

Howard Lay, chief executive of Samuel Ward Academy Trust which will run the new Sybil Andrews Academy on Moreton Hall
Howard Lay, chief executive of Samuel Ward Academy Trust which will run the new Sybil Andrews Academy on Moreton Hall
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The new upper school at Moreton Hall will be named after Bury St Edmunds artist Sybil Andrews, renowned worldwide for her work.

Her ability to triumph over major obstacles is also part of the message the new school’s executive boss wants to put across.

Howard Lay, is head of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, which will run the new school due to open in September 2016.

The trust already runs, Samuel Ward Academy, in Haverhill, Thomas Gainsborough Academy in Sudbury, and Newmarket College, along with three primary schools in Glemsford and Haverhill and the Churchill Special Free School on the Samuel Ward site.

Mr Lay said: “What is important is that the name is a narrative which we can explain to pupils and around which we can expand their values.”

Andrews, worked as a welder in World War One. Her parents could not afford to send her to art school but she persevered and achieved her aims becoming a well known teacher and artist, depicting Suffolk countrylife in her linocuts.

Mr Lay, who has had 35 years in education, said: “ The school will have a strong ethos and be a broad based school serving and reflecting the community and meeting its needs.”

Costing £20million plus and built by Suffolk County Council it will take 360 pupils the first year - 120 each in Years 7,8 and 9. It will eventually house 1,400 pupils including 200 in the sixth form.

Mr Lay said each school in the trust would have its own distinctive character but was in a small enough geographical area that staff could support and help each other. His three main aims are that the children at the new school become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

“I really believe the most important thing you can do is, not only your job, but to be a role model for your children or neices and nephews to help build strong successful people for other generations,” he added.

A new headteacher should be in post by January. Meetings for parents will be at Sebert Wood School, October 6 and Abbots Green School, October 15, between 4pm and 5.30pm or 6pm and 7.30pm.