A NEW governor has been appointed at King’s Ely.

The school welcomes Joe Peake to the Board of Governors, all of whom work alongside the principal to oversee the leadership of the school.

Until recently, Joe was the Headmaster of St George’s College, Weybridge, a post which he held for 21 years. He has also had the experience of teaching in the academic and sporting schools of Manchester Grammar and Millfield. Joe has been the National Chairman for both the Society of Heads and the Catholic Independent Schools Conference, as well as governing a wide range of schools over the years.

Joe and his wife Julie have recently moved to Suffolk and one of their three children is a GP in the Ely area. When not involved at King’s Ely, Joe says he will find himself well occupied as he is “responsible for ensuring the quality of training provided for newly qualified teachers in a range of schools in East Anglia”.

Speaking about his appointment, Joe said: “I have been taken aback by the warmth of welcome received from the student body at King’s Ely. Their maturity and desire to make the most of their busy lives supports the school’s wish to provide a breadth of opportunity.”

Chairman of the Board of Governors at King’s Ely, Jeff Hayes, said: “I am delighted to welcome Joe to the Board of Governors. Joe has had an outstanding career in the educational sector, as a head, a governor and an inspector, and is a welcome addition to the Board where his experience and skills will be put to very good use.”

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, added: “It is great to have Joe on the Board. I have huge respect for all he achieved during his career as a head and his wealth of experience and expertise will be invaluable.”

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