Principal of Thetford primary academy leaves post

Jo Ryder, former principal of Norwich Road Academy in Thetford, has left her post. ANL-150403-092222001
Jo Ryder, former principal of Norwich Road Academy in Thetford, has left her post. ANL-150403-092222001

The principal of a primary academy in Thetford has left her post, its sponsor has announced.

The departure of Jo Ryder, principal at Norwich Road Academy since 2010, was revealed this week by Academy Transformation Trust, the school’s sponsor.

In a statement Joyce Hodgetts, the trust’s managing director, said the decision was due to the commute to work becoming more ‘problematic’ for her.

Ms Hodgetts said: “We can confirm that Principal, Jo Ryder has now left Norwich Road Academy to explore new opportunities nearer to her home.

“This is due to the distance she travels each day to the academy becoming more problematic for her.

“Despite this change, our focus remains on the future and how together we can give our pupils the first class education they deserve.

“We would like to thank Jo Ryder for all the hard work she has done at the academy and we wish her well for her future.”

For the remainder of the academic year Theresa Rogers, from the nearby Admirals Academy, also run by Academy Transformation Trust, will act as executive principal across the two schools.

She will be supported by Norwich Road Academy’s two vice principals, Carolyn Ellis-Gage and Tracey Thurlby. Members of the trust will be visiting the academy regularly to work with the team.

Plans for a longer term replacecment principal will be discussed over the coming months.

Earl Richards, the trust’s senior improvement director, will be available at an upcoming parent forum at 9am on Thursday, March 12 to answer any queries they may have.