The newly appointed headteacher of a top Bury St Edmunds school says he is ‘relishing’ the chance of working with its staff, students and parents.
Lee Walker, 46, will take over the leading role at King Edward VI School from Geoff Barton in April and acknowledges that he has ‘big shoes to fill’.
He has enjoyed a 23 year career in teaching and is vice principal at Hinchingbrooke School, in Huntingdon.
Mr Walker said: “I’m attracted to the school because of its outstanding ethos, the wonderful range of opportunities it offers and the vibrancy of its learning community so I’m absolutely delighted and proud to have been selected to lead a school that boasts such strengths.
“During the interview process I was overwhelmed by the kindness of everybody I met and it means I’m relishing the opportunity to work with students, staff and parents. I’ve seen some wonderful teaching here and I’m looking forward to developing the teaching and learning of students to broaden the experiences they have access to and help the school make even further strides in its achievements.”
Mr Walker started his career in Wellingborough as a teacher of classics before becoming head of department.
He was then head of year at a school in Northampton before becoming an assistant head and then deputy head at Impington Village College. He joined Hinchingbrooke in 2012. Mr Walker currently teaches English and Latin.
An ‘avid music fan’, he collects vinyl records and is a ‘passionate amateur chef’. He has two daughters aged three and five. On taking over from Mr Barton, he said: “I know I’ve got big shoes to fill but I feel very fortunate to be succeeding Geoff and I’m looking forward to working closely with him during this transition.”
Mr Barton praised his successor, noting that he understands the school’s ethos, values and commitment to extracurricular activities.
Mr Barton has been nominated to stand for election to become General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, which represents more than 18,000 school, college and system leaders. He is up against education consultant Chris Kirk for the job and ASCL members will vote next month with the result to be announced in February.