Headteacher’s Weekly Message

Ixworth Free School, which is part of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust (the Trust), is celebrating its Progress 8 performance table position as eighth out of 92 secondary schools in Suffolk, for the progress students have made since age 11. All three of the Trust’s schools, which include Beccles and Saxmundham Free Schools, are in the top 10 in Suffolk. The league table position follows the release of provisional Progress 8 performance data today (12 October 2017) by the Department for Education.

The overall Progress 8 score is 0.45 at Ixworth Free School, which means all students progressed to achieve half a grade higher than was predicted at age 11 in every GCSE subject. The school is third in the league table for students who achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and also fifth in the table for its Attainment 8 score of 50.5, which shows how well students have performed across eight key GCSE subjects including English and maths. We are delighted!

The Progress 8 measure shows how much progress a Year 11 GCSE student has made since the start of secondary school. It is designed to ensure schools are pushing each student to reach their individual potential. Progress 8 recognises the values that schools can add in helping students achieve higher than predicted at age 11. Progress 8 is a measure that reflects the values of the Trust; i.e. that every student counts and that it is about the journey for each and every individual student.

Mr M Barrow
Ixworth Free School