Departing Stradbroke High School head praises the “winning” combination

Andrew Bloom will be retiring at the end of the academic year from Stradbroke High ANL-161002-143751009
Andrew Bloom will be retiring at the end of the academic year from Stradbroke High ANL-161002-143751009
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A north Suffolk headteacher has praised his school’s “winning combination” as he prepares to call time on a 36 year career in education.

Andrew Bloom,58, is in the seventh and final year of his spell at Stradbroke High School. During that spell the Old Buckenham resident has seen the school become an academy in 2012, and oversaw a ‘good’ inspection rating from government watchdog Ofsted the following year.

Andrew Bloom will be retiring at the end of the academic year from Stradbroke High ANL-161002-143847009

Andrew Bloom will be retiring at the end of the academic year from Stradbroke High ANL-161002-143847009

And in the recent GCSE performance data, his pupils were among the top four per cent nationally in regards to progress.

“I’ve loved my time at Stradbroke,” he said. “We are fortunate in that we have got great pupils, really supportive parents, and outstanding teaching staff and supportive governors. It’s a winning combination.

“It makes my life much easier and the outcomes this year clearly are exceptional for the pupils. One of the real positives has been the way the local community supports the school, which is excellent.”

Upon leaving school as a pupil himself, Mr Bloom went to Lord’s to play cricket, and represented Great Britain at the World Student Games in football, before taking on roles as a PE and English teacher across Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

We are fortunate in that we have got great pupils, really supportive parents, and outstanding teaching staff and supportive governors. It’s a winning combination

Andrew Bloom

Mr Bloom, who was deputy headmaster at Debenham High School for eight years from 2001, said the school has a “real emphasis” on small class sizes.

“We know every single child, because we are a small high school , with just under 300 pupils,” he explained. “We can tailor things to individuals.”

But he added: “My one regret might be is that we have not been inspected by Ofsted this year based on the progress over the last three years we have made. One would expect us to be either a very strong good, or would have hoped to be outstanding.”

What is on Mr Bloom’s timetable post-Stradbroke?

“Family, I have got three daughters who live in various parts of the world, and I’m quite a keen gardener and like the occasional game of golf, so I’m looking forward to a bit of a break before maybe going on to do some other bits and pieces, perhaps in education.”