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Bury St Edmunds headteacher Kate Pereira who took St Benedict's Catholic School from 'strength to strength' to step down




A Bury St Edmunds headteacher who took her school from ‘strength to strength’ over her two year tenure is to step down.

Kate Pereira is leaving St Benedict’s Catholic School next Easter to take up a headship at a secondary school within the Diocese, which is ‘closer to home’.

She said: “My decision has been very difficult to make as I have been made very welcome and have been supported by the whole community.

“I know that my successor, who is yet to be appointed, will want to continue to build on the work that has been done and to ensure St Benedict’s remains the special place that it is.”

Kate Pereira, headteacher at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds, is stepping down after two years in the role to take up a headship ‘closer to home’. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Kate Pereira, headteacher at St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds, is stepping down after two years in the role to take up a headship ‘closer to home’. Picture: Mecha Morton.

Mrs Pereira, who took on the role in 2016, helped the school achieve a ‘good’ Ofsted having previously been rated as ‘requires improvement’ with inspectors noting she had ‘quickly established a culture of high ambition’.

Over the last two years, she said she had ‘put in place substantial changes to the leadership and management of St Benedict’s, at all levels, to improve teaching and learning, including significant changes in supporting students with special needs’.

My decision has been very difficult to make as I have been made very welcome and have been supported by the whole community - Kate Pereira

Mrs Pereira added: “I’ve also worked hard to ensure the staff workload is reduced and appropriate, whilst, at the same time, making sure the experience for each student is excellent.”

Anne Mansfield, chair of governors, praised Mrs Pereira's leadership, which has seen St Benedict’s go ‘from strength to strength’ and said the school will continue to be a ‘centre of excellence’.



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