The new headteacher of Newmarket Academy has said he will do all he can to ensure the school remains at the heart of its local community.
Martin Witter took on the headship at the start of January after Nick Froy stepped down following eight years at the helm.
Mr Witter’s first few days leading the secondary school saw staff carry out on-site Covid testing for more than 800 students.
And while an unorthodox beginning, it was an experience which quickly confirmed why he had applied for the post.
Mr Witter explained: “I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity of leading Newmarket Academy and being part of such a strong community.
“I have really enjoyed my first few weeks at the school. The on-site testing, which was like a well-oiled machine, made me realise how special the staff are as well as the amazing students and the support we have received from local families.
“It completely reinforced the initial impressions I had when I went for the interview. I look forward to working more closely with all of them going forward.”
Newmarket Academy is Mr Witter’s third headship following 23 years experience in education, mainly in the north west of England.
He added: “Mr Froy did an amazing job during his time at Newmarket and I am working closely with him to ensure a smooth transition.
“The school has been on an amazing journey and I want to build on that to further enhance Newmarket Academy as a beacon for the town and for the wider area.
“We are looking forward to a strong 2022 as we aim to bring even more normality back to school life.”