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.
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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 C would become a D. 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.
71% of our Year 11 cohort last academic year achieved a Grade 4 and above in both English and Maths. 6% above the national average. Breaking that down further, they achieved a pass rate of 77% in English Language – 14.9% above the national average; 82% in English literature – 9.4% above the national average; 71% in mathematics – 11.6% above the national average. Students who had 95% or above attendance achieved 1/3 of a grade higher across all of their GCSE subjects.
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.
Students in Years 8 and 9 at Ixworth are placed in mixed form groups, this encourages a strong community ethos by breaking down traditional age barriers. The younger students interact on a daily basis with older ones and they quickly become mentors to their younger peers. We have found the benefits of this approach are many and varied. Tutors monitor attendance, academic performance and liaise with external agencies as required.