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Headteacher excited about opening school

PUBLISHED: 10:30 12 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:34 06 July 2010

THE outgoing headteacher of Suffolk's smallest high school has spoken of his excitement as he prepares to open a brand new school in the county.

Perry Linsley, who has been the head of Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College for the last three years, is set to leave in April to take charge of Pakefield High School in Lowestoft - 18 months before it is due to open.

THE outgoing headteacher of Suffolk's smallest high school has spoken of his excitement as he prepares to open a brand new school in the county.

Perry Linsley, who has been the head of Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College for the last three years, is set to leave in April to take charge of Pakefield High School in Lowestoft - 18 months before it is due to open.

The 51-year-old said there had already been a lot of interest in the headship vacancy at the former Stradbroke High School, which is currently being advertised.

Mr Linsley, who was deputy head at Bungay High School before moving to the north Suffolk school in 2006, said he had enjoyed his time at Stradbroke, but the temptation of running a new school was too much.

He said it was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to be the headteacher and help shape the new educational establishment in Lowestoft, which is set to open at the current Pakefield Middle School site in September 2011.

Mr Linsley said he would leave Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College in good health with the best GCSE results in its history and a “good” Ofsted report, with some “outstanding” elements.

“It has been a wonderful experience. We have the smallest high school in Suffolk with 340 children, so we know every child and we can keep a close eye on their progress and have an opportunity to influence young lives. There is a strong sense of community at Stradbroke and it has a family feel,” he said.


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