Governance

Trust Governance

All schools in the Seckford family are governed by a board of trustees. The Secretary of State for Education and the Seckford Foundation have the ability to nominate individuals or charities to become members. Trustees on the board are appointed by the members. The current members of the Trust are the Seckford Foundation itself, two governors/officers of the Seckford Foundation (Mr R Finbow and Mr G Watson) and the Chair of the Trust (Mr J Wellesley Wesley). The Trustees meet at least four times per year.

You can read more about our trustees by visiting the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust here. This also includes details of the dates of appointment, term of office, attendance records and relevant business and pecuniary interests of members, trustees and local governors.

The Trust Board includes two parent directors, who have to be a parent/carer of a student at one of our schools at the time they are elected. An election is required if the number of applicants is greater than the number of vacancies.

Sub-committees feed into the Trust Board, namely the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Audit Committee. In addition there are Local Advisory Bodies for each of the Trust’s Free Schools (Beccles, Ixworth and Saxmundham). Click here for the terms of reference of these committees and Local Advisory Bodies.

The governance structure of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust and its family of free schools is depicted in the chart below:

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If you wish to contact the trustees please call 01394 615100, email freeschools@seckford-foundation.org.uk or write to Chair of Trustees, The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, Marryott House, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JJ.

Local Advisory Body

The Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust has Local Advisory Bodies for all its schools. The Local Advisory Body for Ixworth Free School has two parents/carers, the Headteacher, a trustee with special interest in the school and a Local Authority representative. In addition, other members are nominated from a variety of fields and walks of life to bring their experience and skills to the school.

A full list of all current members of our Local Advisory Body (in alphabetical order) can be found below:

Emma Barber (Chair)
Graeme Bruce
Richard Combes
Mark Barrow (Headteacher)
Chris Measures
Catherine Walsh

Parent members of the Local Advisory Body have to be a parent/carer of a student at the school at the time they are elected. An election is required if the number of applicants is greater than the number of vacancies. Details will be published on this website and in a letter home should this happen.

Please click here to view the Scheme of Delegation for the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust