Welcome from the Chair of the Trust Board
The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust (the Trust) was established by The Seckford Foundation in 2012 to help local communities in Suffolk to set up and run free schools. With the support of the Department for Education and the Seckford Foundation, the Trust opened Beccles and Saxmundham Free Schools in September 2012 and Ixworth Free School in September 2014.
All of our schools are funded by the government and are non-selective; they are designed to provide an excellent, academically-focussed education for young people aged 11 to 16. The Trust has high aspirations for all of our students and we aim to deliver above national average progress and achievement for every student (relative to their starting points and abilities).
Our broad and balanced curriculum is focused on traditional subjects such as English, maths, the sciences and humanities. This provision is complemented by a varied and engaging daily enrichment programme. We believe this approach provides our students with a successful foundation for life by ensuring they have the qualifications and appropriate skills to help them move forward confidently into further education, training or employment. We also look to inspire in them a lifelong love of learning whilst they are studying with us.
Our free schools provide a safe, healthy and stimulating environment in which every single one of our students can learn and develop and where parents/ carers and the wider community are encouraged to contribute positively to this process. We place a strong emphasis on inclusion in our schools and our approach to pastoral care ensures that each individual student discovers his or her latent talents as well as realising their full academic potential.
We intend to grow our family of free schools in the future and we are always looking for other like-minded, local communities in Suffolk who want to see improvements in their primary and secondary school options. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.
James Wellesley-Wesley, Chair of the Trust Board.