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Bury St Edmunds headteacher Andrew Hammond to bid a 'bittersweet' goodbye after a year in the role

The headteacher of a Bury St Edmunds school who has been in the role for a year is leaving after being headhunted to join a digital education publisher.

Andrew Hammond took the helm at Guildhall Feoffment Community Primary School in September and will leave this summer to join London-based Discovery Education as its senior director of learning and community.

The company provides digital content, interactive lessons and virtual experiences and Mr Hammond will be responsible for leading the professional development of teachers and leaders across the UK.

Andrew Hammond. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Andrew Hammond. Picture by Mecha Morton.

“It’s one of those opportunities I’ve wanted for a very long time and I wasn’t expecting to have the opportunity yet,” he said.

“I had intended to be here for a good few more years but I was unexpectedly approached by an independent recruitment consultant in late March/early April.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling because I’m very excited about the new job but I’m very disappointed to be leaving such a great school.”

Since taking over from Sue Herriott, Mr Hammond said the school, in Bridewell Lane, had managed to pack in ‘three years worth of work in a year’.

They have reviewed the school’s values and ethos, created a new library and a new website, introduced Forest Schools every week, increased the amount of after school clubs as well as the number of full time teachers.

West Suffolk College students have helped redecorate the school and the early years playground has been refurbished.

Mr Hammond, 47, who is a father of four, said: “I’ve been really lucky to have the support of outstanding governors and the children are just fabulous.

“I will be sorry to leave - it’s a great school.”

An interim headteacher will be appointed by the county council for the Autumn term and they are advertising for a permanent headteacher to start in January.

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