Ixworth is a confident and happy place. Our students receive excellent pastoral care and support in a small school setting. Our staff know each of their students as individuals.
We have worked in close collaboration with our students and their families to put in place clear and open channels of communication. Parents/carers are informed at the start of each academic year of the teacher who has direct responsibility for their child’s pastoral care.
We are committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of students and Ixworth works very closely with the Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board. If anyone within the school community has concerns about a student, school policy requires them to share them with our designated safeguarding member of staff.
Did you know that we track attendance by sessions? 1 session is either a morning or an afternoon. If you miss one day of school, then you have actually missed 2 sessions.
|7||3 ½ days||98%|
There is a very clear link between a child’s attendance record and their success in learning. Research shows that the equivalent of 14 days absence from school can equate to achieving a grade lower at GCSE, meaning a 4 would become a 3. 90% attendance means one half day per week, 4 weeks per year, and half a year off over 5 years in secondary school. The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust is proud of the high standards we set for attendance and is keen to encourage all our students to achieve the best possible attendance records.
Our form tutors are the main point of contact between school and home. They meet with their tutor group each morning for registration and have them for three periods each week as part of our unique enrichment programme. During that time the group might attend an assembly or take part in PSHE or Citizenship activities.
For parents/carers the tutor will be the first point of contact in the school for educational or pastoral issues.
We know that some pupils find it difficult to adjust to the demands of secondary school so we ensure that all of our Year 7s receive plenty of support when they join us. First year tutor groups are led by teachers who are experienced in the transition journey. Parents/carers are introduced to their son/daughter’s tutor at the start of the academic year and regular communications between home and school facilitate this process.
We aim to provide students with the knowledge, information and skills they require to make informed choices about suitable courses at School, College and University and about the opportunities available with regard to jobs in the future.
The Careers Education Team aims to enable students to receive accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance about all the options which are open to them and the routes to which those options lead.
To achieve these aims students undertake a variety of Careers and Work Related Learning activities throughout every year of their education at Ixworth Free School. In addition, students may find these websites useful.
|https://successatschool.org/||Has excellent pages including:
|www.gov.uk/browse/education||Lots of government information relating to 14-19 opportunities and education|
|www.ucas.com||Main site for university & college applications|
|www.opendays/com||University & college open day directory|
|www.propsects.ac.uk||Official graduate careers website for UK|
|www.notgoingtouni.co.uk||Useful for Post 18 options|
|www.AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk||Free advice and guidance|
|www.Icanbea.org.uk||Useful search engine for exploring different jobs|
|www.careersandenterprisenetworkeast.org||Local information about jobs and training|
Careers Update 2018
In response to the new national careers strategy and statutory guidance, The Ixworth, Saxmundham and Beccles Schools are currently in the process of reviewing and evaluating careers policy and provision in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. During this time, the schools will continue to deliver high quality careers guidance and support to students across all year groups. Examples of initial events within our careers programme for the first half term of this academic year include:
- ‘I aspire’ focus and PEP photographs across all year groups;
- Post-16 Careers Evening with representatives from independent schools, sixth form colleges, vocational course providers and apprenticeships within the local area;
- Guest speakers, for example the NHS;
The named Careers leader for the Ixworth, Saxmundham and Beccles schools is Mrs Pia Parker, Assistant Headteacher