Once-struggling Suffolk school now rated ‘Good’ by inspectors

Ixworth School has received a 'Good' rating from Ofsted inspectors Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ixworth School has received a 'Good' rating from Ofsted inspectors Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Seckford EducationTrust

School leaders who inspire pupils and give them ‘a foundation for life’ have been praised by Ofsted following a visit to a secondary school in Ixworth.

Headteacher Mark Barrow with pupils at Ixworth school. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Headteacher Mark Barrow with pupils at Ixworth school. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Seckford Education Trust

Inspectors gave SET Ixworth secondary school in Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds, a 'Good' rating and congratulated the school on the huge progress made since its last inspection in 2017 when it was found to require improvement.

Inspectors visited the school, part of the Seckford Education Trust (SET), in September and inspectors said the school's strong teaching inspired pupils to think and learn rapidly, with students achieving well at GCSE in a range of subjects.

The report said: "School leaders want every pupil to do well. They say they want to give pupils 'a foundation for life'. They do this successfully.

"Pupils leave the school, not only knowing a lot about the subjects they have studied, but also as confident young people.

Students at SET Ixworth School on GCSE Results Day this year Picture: GREGG BROWN

Students at SET Ixworth School on GCSE Results Day this year Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Seckford Education Trust


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"Pupils attend regularly and arrive promptly because they enjoy school. They move between lessons purposefully and sensibly. The school is calm and well ordered. Pupils behave well in lessons because they are interested and engaged in their learning."

The report highlighted the school's extra-curricular activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, learning British Sign Language, or preparing for a school drama production, where pupils are encouraged to discover new interests beyond academic subjects.

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Mark Barrow, headteacher at SET Ixworth School, said: "We are very proud the Ofsted team found our School to be Good in all areas.

"This is vindication of the incredible hard work and professionalism of all the staff, the hard work and behaviour of our students and the support of our parents and carers.

"We have high aspirations for our students and we're committed to providing a safe, challenging and nurturing environment where each and every student can learn and thrive."

The Seckford Foundation was founded with a gift from a prominent Elizabethan lawyer, Thomas Seckford, and promotes and supports the education and care of the young and the elderly in and around the town of Woodbridge and the county of Suffolk.

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