Seckford Education Trust was founded by the Seckford Foundation in 2012.

Five schools are part of the Trust: SET Beccles School, SET Ixworth School and SET Saxmundham School,  SET Maidstone Infant School and SET Causton Junior School.

All the schools in the Trust have been founded as a result of community demand.


SET Beccles School

SET Beccles School opened in September 2012 on a temporary site in the town of Carlton Colville near Lowestoft. Carlton Colville Primary School had moved out of it’s building to the old middle school site in the town, providing an opportunity for Beccles Free School to be sited in Carlton Colville until its permanent site in Beccles became available in September 2014. At that time, the school moved to the old Beccles Middle School site.

SET Beccles School is an 11 – 16 non-selective school and is led by Mrs Heidi Philpott (Headteacher).

Information on the origins of the SET Beccles School logo can be found here.


SET Ixworth School

SET Ixworth School opened on the site that was previously occupied by Ixworth Middle School, on 1 September 2014. The school initially accepted students in Years 7 – 9 (with Year 10 from September 2015 and Year 11 from September 2016).

SET Ixworth School is led by Mr Mark Barrow (Executive Headteacher), Mrs Pia Parker (Head of School) and the Chair of the Local Advisory Body is Mr Richard Combes.

Information on the origins of the SET Ixworth School logo can be downloaded here.


SET Saxmundham School

SET Saxmundham School opened on the site of the old Saxmundham Middle School which closed in the summer of 2012. The school opened in September 2012. Since opening the school building has had significant investment and in October 2013, opened its new Creative Arts Centre.

SET Saxmundham School is an 11 – 16 non-selective school led by Mrs Lizzie Girling (Head of School) and the Chair of the Local Advisory Body is Mrs Lizzie Girling.

Information on the origins of the SET Saxmundham School logo can be downloaded here.


SET Maidstone Infant and Causton Junior School

At Maidstone Infant and Causton Junior School children learn in a secure and happy environment so they can enjoy, achieve and thrive during their learning journey. We have the privilege of seeing them develop into independent learners as they move through Reception to Year 6. We encourage open communication with family so tracked progress can be shared regularly. Our dedicated staff greatly value your input and believe that by working together we can ensure your child’s success.

We also have a Local Authority Special Needs provision with a 20 place KS1 and KS2 Specialist Support Class. To access this provision your child will need an EHCP and the school they attend is required to apply for a place from the Local Authority. We also host a six place ASD provision for high functioning KS2 children with a diagnosis of ASD.

SET Causton School is led by Mrs Lucy Thompson (Head of School) and the Chair of the Local Advisory Body is Mr David Myers.


To find out more about an individual school, please click the link to the right of this page to visit the school’s website.