A headteacher is moving back to Suffolk to take over as principal of a high school. 

Lee Walker was previously headteacher at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, having taken over from now-general secretary of Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton. 

Mr Walker was most recently headteacher at a school in West Sussex, but will be moving back to the county to become principal of Stowupland High School, which is part of the John Milton Academy Trust. 

Stowmarket Mercury: Mr Walker was previously headteacher at a Bury St Edmunds schoolMr Walker was previously headteacher at a Bury St Edmunds school (Image: JMAT)

Mr Walker, who will start his role in April, said he has huge, long-term ambitions for the school.

He said: “I am really excited about the opportunity and what we can achieve here at Stowupland High School.

“I am passionate about the opportunities academic success brings to young people and want the school to be focussed on academic attainment.

“I will also develop an enviable range of extra-curricular opportunities.

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“Most of all, I am committed to ensuring that students enjoy their educational journey, and have a genuine thirst for learning when they move on.”

Mr Walker, a classics teacher, started his career at Weavers School in Wellingborough.

After seven years, and having been promoted to head of department, he took on a position as head of year at a high school for girls in Northamptonshire.

He later took on an assistant headteacher role at Impington Village College in Cambridgeshire, and then worked as vice-principal of Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon.

“I love Suffolk and wanted something closer to home,” he added.

“I’m really excited to take on the role as principal and have already had a very warm welcome.

“I want students to be aiming for the highest academic attainment they can.

“With the necessary support and encouragement, all our students are capable of fulfilling their potential. As principal I can make a real difference to young people’s lives."