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Governors’ first meeting in new Suthers School site at Fernwood

The governors of a new school that opens in September met there for the first time on Friday.

The Suthers School, named after the late Martin Suthers, will teach the values he held through his life, says his wife, Mrs Pippa Suthers, who is the chairman of the governors.

Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. (38085898)
Suthers School, Fernwood, Newark. (38085898)

The school, which will move into its new Fernwood site in September from a temporary home at Toot Hill School, Bingham, will teach its students to work hard and be kind.

Mrs Suthers said the new and improved facilities would help teach the school’s ethos of wisdom, fairness and knowledge.

“Martin would be so proud of this school,” said Mrs Suthers.

“He had an academic background, but he was a very humble man.

“When anybody asked him to do something, he would say dive into it, across the board, but education was his main drive.

“He wanted to inspire people and that is what the school hopes to do to.”

The school ethos is engrained on its badge in Latin and in a huge sign at the front of the building.

“I am so proud of this building because of what it stands for,” said Mrs Suthers.

“But mostly I am proud of Andy Pettit (head) and what his staff are doing.

“They are helping to build the character of students, and inspire them to be whatever they want to be.

“That is what Martin would have wanted. He really pushed for education.”

Another of the governors, Newark MP Robert Jenrick, said after the meeting that he had been very impressed with the school’s plan for opening safely in the current pandemic.

“There is a great sense of achievement for everyone involved in this project,” he said.

“It was only four or five years ago that the idea of this school was conceived as a way of trying to reverse the trend of secondary school children going out of town for their education. To see that vision come to life is fantastic.”

He said he was confident the school would open safely in September, partly because the building was new and spacious.

“Andy Pettit ran us through a very convincing plan that has given us a lot of confidence.

“It is very important all parents send their children back to school in September. We have made huge strides in school standards in Newark, and we cannot let that slip.”

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