The Trustees of the Seckford Education Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Neil Philpott as the new Head of School of SET Saxmundham from September 2022.

During the selection process, Mr Philpott shone as an exceptional candidate who is committed to each and every young person at SET Saxmundham School.
Mr Philpott has a strong understanding of SET Saxmundham School, and our local community ,having been Deputy Head since the Michaelmas Term. This experience provides a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding of our local community, and our school’s great potential.

As a father of three boys, Mr Philpott knows and understands that parents/carers will now want a period of stable and consistent leadership at SET Saxmundham School. As Head of School designate, Mr Philpott will work closely with Ms Christina Watson, interim Head of School, during the remainder of this academic year.

With a high turnover of school leaders in recent years, Mr Philpott’s commitment to our students and parents/carers is to be a visible and approachable Head of School; one who truly champions our students and their many successes, and is committed to the long-term success of the school. In so doing, he is keen to harness the views and energy of our parents/carers and will be holding regular parent forums in the months ahead.

With Mr Philpott’s appointment we are optimistic about a strong, stable and successful future for the school and I look forward to working closely with him. I know that he is already looking forward to meeting with parents and students and sharing his vision for the future.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Mark Barrow
Chief Executive Officer