Saxmundham 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.
Since the School opened 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 our students and Saxmundham’s senior leaders work 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 Mr D Lees (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Miss S Marsden (Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead).
Our 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 students 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 7 and 8 at Saxmundham are placed in mixed tutor groups, this encourages a strong community ethos by breaking down traditional age barriers. The younger students interact on a daily basis with older ones who have already embarked on some GCSE work and they quickly become mentors to their younger peers. Mrs Button is Head of Year 7 at Saxmundham and Mr Woolven is Head of Year 8. They support tutors whilst monitoring attendance, academic performance and liaising with external agencies as required.
Any student concerns should be referred to Miss Coles, the Pastoral Support Assistant for Lower School – HColes@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
Year 9, 10 and 11 students are also placed in mixed tutor groups. This is all done under the leadership of Mr Battle (Head of Year 9), Miss Issac (Head of Year 10) and for Year 11, Mr Lees (Headteacher). They help our older students prepare for further education, training or employment once they have completed their GCSEs with us.
Any student concerns should be referred to Miss Howes, the Pastoral Support Officer for Upper School – KHowes@saxmundhamfreeschool.org.uk
Miss Coles and Miss Howes also work to support students who are young carers. To find out more about support on offer to young carers visit https://suffolkfamilycarers.org/
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 SET Saxmundham 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 Saxmundham, Ixworth 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 Saxmundham, Ixworth and Beccles schools is Mrs Pia Parker, Assistant Headteacher.