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CEO at Norfolk multi-academy trust retiring at end of August

PUBLISHED: 09:54 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 March 2019

Opening of the new eco-classrooms at Reepham High School and College in 2016. Keith Simpson MP, left, with Mark Farrar., who is retiring at the end of August. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Opening of the new eco-classrooms at Reepham High School and College in 2016. Keith Simpson MP, left, with Mark Farrar., who is retiring at the end of August. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The chief executive officer (CEO) at a multi-academy trust is retiring at the end of August.

Litcham School and Litcham Primary School received a 'Good' ofsted report in 2015. From front left, Rob Martlew, who will be the trust's part-time CEO, and Kate Atkins with pupils from both schools. Picture: Matthew Usher.Litcham School and Litcham Primary School received a 'Good' ofsted report in 2015. From front left, Rob Martlew, who will be the trust's part-time CEO, and Kate Atkins with pupils from both schools. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Reepham High School and College created the Synergy Multi-Academy Trust in 2015 and it is made up of both secondary and primary schools in north Norfolk, all within 30 minutes of Reepham.

CEO Mark Farrar said: “I have had many fantastic years working for Reepham and for the trust.

“After six years as headteacher of the school I was asked to lead the trust for two years.

“I accepted this position on the understanding it would be part-time and for two years only, and that I would retire this summer.

“I cannot speak too highly of the wonderful staff and pupils I have worked with in Reepham and in the trust. I have been so lucky to work with such fine colleagues and with such fine young people.”

Following a highly competitive selection process, the trust has appointed Robert Martlew, currently the headteacher of Litcham School, as part-time CEO. He will combine this new role with his current post at Litcham.

Mr Martlew said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to lead the trust through the next stage of its development.

“Having been part of the trust, I know how well it works for the benefit of each school and for all pupils.

“It is a highly supportive organisation, where individual schools work together to provide the best possible provision.

“Each school brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to the trust and we all feel valued.

“This philosophy will continue going forward and I am looking forward to building on the strong foundations that have already been put in place. It has been a real privilege to work with Mark, who has been an exceptional CEO.

“I would like to take this opportunity to both thank him for all that he has done for the trust and to wish him all the best for the future.”

The trust’s member schools are Reepham High, Reepham College, Reepham Primary, Bawdeswell Primary, Foulsham Primary, Mattishall Primary, Astley Primary, Corpusty Primary and Litcham School.

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