Trust Governance

All schools in the Seckford family are governed by a board of trustees.  The Secretary of State for Education and the Seckford Foundation have the ability to nominate individuals or charities to become members. Trustees on the board are appointed by the members. The current members of the Trust are the Seckford Foundation, Mr J S Fletcher, Mr R Finbow, Mr C Schlee, and Mr J Wellesley Wesley (Chair of the Trust). The Trustees meet at least four times per year.

You can read more about our trustees by clicking here.

The Trust Board includes two parent directors, who have to be a parent/carer of a student at one of our schools at the time they are elected. An election is required if the number of applicants is greater than the number of vacancies.

Sub-committees feed into the Trust Board, namely the Finance Audit and Resources Committee, the Academic Committee and the Pastoral Committee. In addition there are Local Advisory Bodies for each of the Trust’s Schools (Beccles, Ixworth, Maidstone and Causton, and Saxmundham). Click here for the terms of reference of these committees and Local Advisory Bodies.

The governance structure of Seckford Education Trust and its family of  schools is depicted in the chart below:

The Chairs of the Trust Board and its Committees are as follows:

  • Chair of Trust Board – Mr J Wellesley Wesley
  • Chair of Finance Audit and Resources Committee – Mr J Chin
  • Chair of Academic Committee – Mr G Bruce
  • Chair of Pastoral Committee – Mr W Fletcher

If you wish to contact the trustees please call 01394 615100, email enquiries@seckfordeducation.org.uk or write to Chair of Trustees, Seckford Education Trust, Marryott House, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JJ.


Local Advisory Bodies

Seckford Education Trust has Local Advisory Bodies for all its schools. Find out more about the Local Advisory Body at each of our schools by clicking on the links below:


Trust Leadership Team

The Trust Leadership Team (or TLT) is the first tier of operational leadership of the Trust, dealing specifically with strategic issues affecting the whole organisation. Members of the group are:

  • Mr M Barrow – Chief Executive Officer
  • Mrs L Girling – Head of School, Primary Challenge & Support Partner
  • Mrs P Parker – Head of School
  • Mrs H Philpott – Head of School
  • Mrs L Thompson – Head of School

Local Senior Leadership Teams

Each school is supported by the TELT and led by the Head of School with a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) comprising of the the Assistant Head of School(s) and members of the Extended Leadership Team (ELT), including Subject Leaders in key subjects:

  • SET Beccles School
    • Mrs H Philpott – Head of School
    • Mr J Pentney – Trust Assistant Headteacher (Progress and Standards)
    • Mrs S Power – Trust Assistant Headteacher
    • Mr S Craft – Year 11 Lead
    • Miss J Reeve – SENDCo
  • SET Ixworth School
    • Mrs P Parker – Head of School
    • Mr M Jackson – Assistant Head of School
    • Mr R Pitcock – Assistant Head of School
    • Mr C Beales – Lead Practitioner (Maths and Numeracy)
    • Mr H Cooper – Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • Mr B Hale – SENDCo
  • SET Saxmundham School
    • Mrs Lizzie Girling – Head of School
    • Mr M Connell-Smith – Assistant Head of School
    • Miss S Marsden – Director of Pastoral
    • Mrs W Sheehan – SENDCO
  • SET Maidstone & Causton Schools
    • Mrs L Thompson – Head of School
    • Miss J Urey – Deputy Head of School
    • Ms H Brunning – Designated Safeguarding Lead
    • Mrs L Friston – Business Manager

You can read the Scheme of Delegations for the Trust by clicking here