News and Events

October 15, 2019

SET Ixworth School celebrates a ‘Good’ Ofsted result with ‘huge improvements’ in all areas

Students and teachers at SET Ixworth School, part of the Seckford Education Trust, are celebrating after achieving a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted in all areas. Following an inspection on 17 and 18 September, Ofsted inspectors gave high praise to the School’s inclusive environment, strong teaching, wide-ranging extra-curricular activities, and for successfully providing students with ‘a […]

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October 1, 2019


A Tudor historian has completed a historic walk, following in the footsteps of an important local Elizabethan lawyer, Thomas Seckford. Dr Eva Griffith is a Shakespearean theatre historian who undertook a sponsored walk on Friday 20 September, from Ipswich Museum on the High Street in Ipswich to the Seckford Almshouses in Woodbridge. She has made […]

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June 27, 2019

Woodbridge Combined Care Homes Choir’s biggest Concert yet

Woodbridge Combined Care Homes Choir along with Saxmundham Free School, St Mary’s Primary & Barnabas Pre-School held a wonderful Concert at the Methodist Church in Woodbridge on Wednesday 26th June, which was thoroughly enjoyed by an audience of all ages. Featuring residents, relatives, friends and staff of Seckford Almshouses, Jubilee House, Woodbridge Lodge and Grove […]

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June 11, 2019

A delightful concert by a talented local choir, Illuminati

Residents of Seckford Care and members of the public were treated to a delightful summer’s evening concert by Illuminati, a talented local choir, on Saturday 8th June. The evening concert was held in the Victorian Seckford Chapel, which sits at the centre of the historic Almshouse building. The repertoire was varied including works by Tallis, […]

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May 20, 2019

Woodbridge Dementia Project to offer series of events as part of activity for Dementia Action Week

Monday 20 – Sunday 26 May is Dementia Action Week – a week that unites individuals, workplaces and the wider community to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. During this week there will be a range of events and activities in Woodbridge to raise awareness of and provide information on […]

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April 25, 2019

Former Woodbridge pupils go back to school

Former Woodbridge School pupils have stepped back in time for a special reunion at the school decades after leaving. The 80 alumni, known as Old Woodbridgians, travelled far and wide to return to their secondary school for the memorable event. Among the former students in attendance was 83-year-old Major Nigel Lewis OBE who arrived on […]

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April 15, 2019

Seckford Care launches new look at Woodbridge event for community groups

The new brand was launched at Woodbridge On Show II on Saturday 6 April, with local community groups and residents introduced to the brand by Head of Care Sarah Kopferschmitt. The stand featured artefacts from the Seckford Care archives reflecting the deep history of the organisation including pharmacy records from 1862. Seckford Care encompasses the […]

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April 8, 2019

Ixworth Free School open new Multi Use Games Area ready for summer sporting action

Representatives of Seckford Education Trust and Ixworth Free School officially opened the School’s new all-weather sports court on Friday 5 April.   The facility will expand upon the School’s sporting offer and cement the School as a central hub for community-based sport and recreational activity in the village, with the facility open for use by […]

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February 5, 2019

Saxmundham Free School winners of the 2019 Dora Love Prize

Saxmundham Free School was one of two schools that shared the top honours in this year’s Dora Love Prize – an annual competition which aims to make sure the dreadful atrocities suffered by millions because of genocide and persecution are never forgotten, and that students develop a sense of personal responsibility for the world we […]

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January 29, 2019

Seckford Education Trust ranked as one of the country’s best-performing MATs for GCSE results

The Seckford Education Trust is the only multi-academy trust (MAT) in Suffolk – and one of only two in the East of England – to have been ranked as one of the country’s best-performing MATs for GCSE results, new figures show. The best- and worst-performing MATs across England have been revealed in the Department for […]

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January 24, 2019

Small investment of time, big impact

Supporting young people in rural Suffolk is the focus of a careers mentoring programme, recently set up by the Woodbridge-based Seckford Foundation to run alongside their wellbeing mentoring programme. This careers mentoring focuses on skills and routes into the workplace whilst boosting the young person’s confidence when seeking employment. Both programmes follow a tried and […]

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January 23, 2019

Students fly the flag for Beccles Free School at European Champions Cup rugby

On Saturday 19 January students from Beccles Free School were invited to be flag wavers at the European Champions Cup game between Saracens and Glasgow Warriors at Allianz Park in London. Before the game 15 students went onto the pitch to be the flag wavers before kick-off and welcomed the players as they ran onto […]

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