Mrs. Sue Martin, Executive Headteacher of Newquay Tretherras said farewell to the staff and students at the end of the Spring Term 2016, as she is moving on to a new role as Chief Executive Officer of Newquay Education Trust (NET).
Mrs. Martin commented, “Towards the end of the spring term, I spent time saying goodbye to students, attending assemblies and meeting with Student Leaders. I have presented the students with a Headteacher’s House Cup to be awarded to the winning House at the end of the summer term. It has been really emotional to move on from being Headteacher of such a wonderful school.”
Having been the Headteacher of the Newquay Academy for the last 9 years, Mrs. Martin leaves to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Newquay Education Trust. Her new role will be to lead the process to grow the NET, providing vision and strategic direction, and to provide support for all academies joining it.
During her time at the Newquay Academy, Mrs. Martin has seen the Newquay Tretherras judged outstanding by Ofsted in 2011, awarded an £11 million Priority Schools Building Programme for a 21st Century new school build, become a Multi-Academy Trust and has herself been recognised as a National Leader of Education.
Mrs. Martin started her teaching career as a teacher of English and Drama working at Redruth School. Moving to Penair School Mrs. Martin quickly rose through the ranks becoming Deputy Head of the School. In 1999, Mrs. Martin gained her first Headship at Plymouth High School for Girls and in September 2007 moved back to Cornwall to become Headteacher of Newquay Tretherras School.
Chair of NET Directors Mrs. Sarah Karkeek, addressing all staff on the last day of term in a farewell speech, commented, “To have achieved all these things, Sue has shown great foresight and leadership. Sue has made a difference at Tretherras and left a fantastic legacy behind for the benefit of all students of Tretherras, who have always been at the heart of everything she has achieved. Whether as a young teacher or a National Leader of Education, Sue has always strived to give children the best opportunities in a life-long journey of learning.”
Mrs. Karkeek closed by adding, ‘Sue, on behalf of generations of children thank you for making us the best we can be.’
Mrs. Martin addressed all the staff and reflected on her time as Headteacher at Tretherras.
‘I burst into tears when I was offered the job at Tretherras, as it was something I really wanted, and it was like a dream come true,’ explained Mrs. Martin.
‘I have lovely memories of Tretherras, such as the Olympic torch being on site, the Art exhibitions, whole school productions and the celebrations when we gained Outstanding by Ofsted. To be a Headteacher you have to respond honestly and from the heart; it teaches you lots of things and what is truly important in a school. I want to thank all of you, my Senior Leadership Team and Directors for making this a wonderful school and the best job in the world, but of course the children are, as always, the real stars and who I will miss the most. I know that the NET Directors will ensure that we keep going forward into a very bright and hugely successful future.’
Mrs. Martin is succeeded as Headteacher by Mrs. Samantha Fairbairn, who has been Associate Headteacher at Tretherras since September 2014.