News and Events

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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January 21, 2019

An insight into Ixworth Free School from one of our students

My first term at Ixworth Hello, my name is Hannah and I am 11 years old and I joined Ixworth Free School in September 2018, I am in year 7. I have absolutely loved my first term at Ixworth free School; it has been the greatest experience of my life so far. I never would […]

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December 11, 2018

Ixworth students inspired by visit from Paralympic and Deaflympic athletes

Students at Ixworth Free School have enjoyed an inspiring, action-packed day with Paralympic swimmer Ryan Crouch, who competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, and elite deaf football player Fil Kamps who competed in the World Cup and 2017 Deaflympics. The athletes’ visit on December 6 was followed by the School’s annual Achievement Evening, where […]

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October 16, 2018

Ixworth Free School secures grant for new sports facilities

Ixworth Free School has secured funding for improvements to its sports courts from the Garfield Weston Foundation. A grant of £65,000 will contribute towards the costs of transforming our current sports area into a secure an all-weather court. The ambitious project will see the current tarmac playground replaced with a multi-sport, all weather, synthetic play […]

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September 9, 2018

Ixworth Free School welcomes visit from local MP and Minister Matt Hancock

It was an exciting start of term at Ixworth Free School as Matt Hancock, Member of Parliament for West Suffolk and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visited students on Friday 7 September. Mr Hancock enjoyed a tour of the school before meeting students and holding a Q&A session with Year 10 and […]

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August 23, 2018

Beccles, Ixworth and Saxmundham Free Schools celebrate GCSE results 2018

All three schools in the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust have been celebrating their 2018 GCSE results today. James Wellesley Wesley, Chair of Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, said: “We are delighted to see students at all three schools achieve strong performances across the range of subjects but particularly so in traditional academic subjects. English, […]

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