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Announcement by Academy Principal Mr Salter

posted 22 Apr 2015, 08:03 by Web Admin

Felixstowe Academy Principal Mr Andrew Salter has announced his decision to retire from his role at the end of August 2015 in a letter to students, parents and carers.

Mr Salter, who became substantive Principal in September 2012, has led the process for the biggest overhaul of education within Felixstowe.  During his tenure as Principal, Mr Salter has led the merger of two predecessor schools and driven the £18m New Build Project which has laid the foundations of one vibrant community in one state of the art educational campus. 

Mr Salter addressing prospective students and their families at the academic year's open evening...

Principal Andrew Salter, in his letter said, ‘When my wife and I first started out on our teaching careers, over 32 years ago, we had discussed the ideal age where both of us would be able to retire.  As we started planning for our personal objectives for 2015, we both realised that I had reached this point!’

He went on to add 'In a rapidly developing and challenging educational environment, Felixstowe has one modern and vibrant Academy, which now serves the needs of the whole community in a cohesive and united way, under one very special roof.  I am very proud to leave this in place for those who follow.'

Having met with Susan Robinson, Chair of the Governing Board at Felixstowe Academy, and with Stephen Chamberlain, Regional Director for Education at Academies Enterprise Trust, to let them know of his intention to step down in the summer, both were quick to praise Mr Salter's achievements.

Mr Stephen Chamberlain said 'Mr Salter has been an exceptional academy Principal. He has successfully brought together two schools in the town and, under his determined and focused leadership, successfully delivered on the new build project to provide a multi-million pound new academy for the young people and community of Felixstowe. He has achieved this with great professionalism, passion, commitment, integrity and an unrelenting focus on providing the best for the students and staff under his care. On behalf of the Trust and his colleague Principals we would like to thank him for his loyalty and hard work and wish him well for his retirement.'

Mrs Susan Robinson said ‘It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with Andrew Salter in his role as the first Principal of Felixstowe Academy. We have been on an amazing journey in laying the groundwork for the Academy which serves the young people of our community in Felixstowe. I wish him and his family all the very best for a happy future.’

Mr Salter's career started as a Music Teacher in Nottinghamshire, before moving to Suffolk as Head of Music at Holywells High School, and then moved to Deben High School initially as Head of Performing and Visual Arts before becoming Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and then Principal of Felixstowe Academy.

After thanking the local community for their contribution to the new community at Felixstowe Academy, Mr Salter finished his letter by saying 'The opportunity now is to build upon these strong foundations, to further consolidate, develop and deliver the growing positive community ethos which provides appropriate opportunities and enables all our young people in Felixstowe to achieve their potential and to give them the skill and desire to strive always to 'make their best better.'

Mr Chamberlain and Mrs Robinson will lead the recruitment process for the appointment of Mr Salter's successor over the next few months.