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Newly appointed headteacher at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School 'truly privileged' to be taking on the role




The newly appointed headteacher of a Bury St Edmunds secondary school says she feels ‘truly privileged’ to take on the leading role.

Sally Kennedy will start at County Upper, in Beeton’s Way, in September, following the retirement of the school’s long-term headteacher Vicky Neale.

Ms Kennedy, who teaches English, is currently associate headteacher at the Ofsted ‘outstanding’- rated Walthamstow Girls School and was head of school at Crown Woods College, in Greenwich, and assistant head at Kingsford Community School, in Newham.

Sally Kennedy is the new headteacher at County Upper School
Sally Kennedy is the new headteacher at County Upper School

She said: “I consider myself to be truly privileged to be leading such an exceptional school that sits within such a strong community.

“I look forward to meeting staff over the summer term and to opening the doors in September to students and their families.”

Ms Kennedy added: “I’m particularly excited at the prospect of a return to the performing arts and school sports, along with the rich tradition of extra-curricular activities that underpin the wonderful experience of life at County Upper and that play such a vital role in uniting the school community.”

County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Bullimore
County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Bullimore

County Upper is part of the Unity Schools Partnership.

Chief executive Tim Coulson said they were delighted to appoint ‘someone of the calibre’ of Ms Kennedy.

“She has strong experience of working in an outstanding school and we look forward to working with her, and supporting her, as she leads a new era at County Upper School,” he said.

In a letter to parents, Mr Coulson and Ian Cox, chairman of the local governing body, said it would be a ‘tough task’ to take over from Mrs Neale who has led the school ‘with such distinction’ over the last 16 years and worked there for 29 years.

They said next term Mrs Neale will work with all of the sixth forms in the trust to share her expertise which will take her away from County but she will lead the leavers’ events for Years 11 and 13.

Nick Froy will lead the school as headteacher for the summer term.

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