Sybil Andrews Academy appoints new interim Headteacher

A previous winner of a national teacher of the year award has been appointed as the new interim headteacher at Sybil Andrews Academy.

Trenica King has spoken of her excitement at starting at the Bury St Edmunds school after Easter while the recruitment process for a new permanent headteacher gets underway.

She said: “Having met the governors and staff, what struck me instantly is the ambition everyone has for the school to be the best it can be.

“I want to assist as much as possible with that and I am very excited to lead the school for the summer term.”

Governors at the school and the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, which the school is a member of, said they were delighted to secure someone of Trenica’s experience and drive.

Paul Rayner, chair of governors at the school, said: “Trenica has visited the school and, like everyone who visits, was delighted by what she saw. 

“We look forward to welcoming her to the school and I know she is looking forward to meeting our students and their parents.”

Tim Coulson, Chief Executive of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, added: “We are fortunate to have secured the services of such an experienced and delightful headteacher for Sybil Andrews Academy.

“Trenica will support the leadership team and staff as they plan to grow even further than the numbers first envisaged for the school, such has become its popularity in the town.”

Trenica has had 10 years of senior leadership experience in secondary schools, including three years as headteacher at New Rickstones Academy in Witham and, this term, as the interim headteacher at a school in Romford that the Trust has been supporting.

The Trust and governors have also started the recruitment process for a permanent headteacher from September after Andy Prestoe stepped down at half-term.

Tim added: “We would like to thank the school’s vice-principals, James Mason and Shaun Douglas, who, as expected, have stepped up extremely well since half-term.”