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King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds appoints two new interim co-headteachers




A Bury St Edmunds secondary school has ended an almost 500-year wait after appointing two new co-headteachers - one being the first female lead in its history.

King Edward VI, which teaches around 1200 students, announced as of today Tom Grey and Beverley Tucker will take on the role of interim co-headteachers.

It comes following the departure of Lee Walker, who took over from Geoff Barton as headteacher in 2017.

Beverley Tucker and Tom Grey, the new interim co-headteachers at King Edward VI. Picture: King Edward VI.
Beverley Tucker and Tom Grey, the new interim co-headteachers at King Edward VI. Picture: King Edward VI.

Mrs Rachel Cannon, chair of governors, said: "Beverley and Tom combine the skills, experience and knowledge of the school necessary to take King Edward VI forward whilst we consider leadership for the school in the long-term.”

The news of Mr Walker's departure came in a statement earlier this summer, in which he said: "Having led the school through a period of significant transition I have decided that the time is now right to pursue new challenges in my career.

"I believe the school will continue to thrive with a new leader to take it forward in the next stage of its journey.

Lee Walker became headteacher at King Edward VI in 2017. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Lee Walker became headteacher at King Edward VI in 2017. Picture: Mecha Morton.

"It has been a privilege to serve King Edward VI School as headteacher for the last four years.

"I would like to thank staff, students and parents for their support over that time and to wish the whole school community every success for the future."

King Edward VI School is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom, having been established in 1550.

Originally established as a school for boys, it became a co-educational school in 1972 after the merging of King Edward Grammar School with the Silver Jubilee Girl’s School and the Silver Jubilee Boy’s School.

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