Introduction by the Chair
‘Providing a foundation for life’
Seckford Education Trust (‘SET’) was set up in 2012 to help local communities to establish and run a number of academies in Suffolk and East Anglia. The Trust was established by the Seckford Foundation which is a long established charity dedicated to the education and welfare of young people and older people in Suffolk.
In response to local community requests, SET opened three secondary schools: SET Beccles School, SET Ixworth School and SET Saxmundham School. All three schools are thriving and the number of students choosing to attend has increased steadily since opening. In July 2019 SET welcomed two primary schools to the trust: SET Maidstone Infant School and SET Causton Junior School, both situated in Felixstowe.
SET schools are publicly-funded state schools which are open to local students irrespective of ability or need. We have high academic, personal and social aspirations for all our students and we aim to deliver above national average progress and achievement for every student relative to their starting points and abilities.
Our Schools provide a safe, healthy and stimulating environment in which each and every one of our students can learn and develop and where parents, carers and the wider community are encouraged to be involved. Our strong emphasis on inclusion and pastoral care is designed to ensure that each and every student is treated as an individual so that they can discover their latent talents as well as realise their academic potential.
SET primary schools focus on creating strong foundations of literacy, numeracy and confidence in each and every child so that they are fully prepared for the move on to secondary school. We are particularly proud to offer some places, in our integrated specialist units, for children with some cognitive and learning difficulties so that they can learn and develop in true community schools.
SET secondary schools offer a balanced and integrated academic curriculum which is based on traditional subject areas. English, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Sciences and Humanities at the core of the curriculum are tried and tested as ways for students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Throughout every subject there is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. Where necessary this curriculum can be adapted to accommodate students with specific needs.
We aim to ‘provide a foundation for life’ for our students by inspiring them with a love of learning and by ensuring that they have the appropriate skills and qualifications to help them move forward confidently into further education, training and their careers when they leave our schools.
Looking forward, SET intends to build on the successful development of our academies and fully expects that it will work with other like-minded, local communities in Suffolk and East Anglia looking to develop or improve their local secondary or primary schools. If you feel that SET could help your local community to achieve what is needed for the better education of future generations, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
Chair of the Trust Board