Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust celebrates all 3 schools in top 10 position

Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust celebrates all 3 schools in top 10 position

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

Saxmundham Free School is fifth in the league table with a Progress 8 score of 0.48, whilst Beccles Free School is joint sixth with a score of 0.46, and Ixworth Free School is eighth with a score of 0.45. All students at the Trust’s three schools progressed to achieve half a grade higher than was predicted at age 11 in every GCSE subject.

Saxmundham Free School did particularly well with 89% of students achieving a good pass in English, and 73% achieving a good pass in maths.  Following remarks 45% of students achieved a strong pass in English and maths.

Ixworth Free School’s first set of GCSE results this year resulted in third place position in the league table for students who achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Ixworth Free School is 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.

The Progress 8 measure shows how much progress a Year 11 GCSE student has made since the start of secondary school and is designed to ensure schools are pushing each student to reach their individual potential.

The Trust has a strong curriculum focus on maths and English, with students achieving approximately one whole grade higher than expected in English at Saxmundham and Beccles Free Schools. This is the first year where students have spent five full years of secondary education at Saxmundham and Beccles Free Schools since they opened in 2012, and the first year that Ixworth Free School students have received GCSE results since opening in 2014.

Graham Watson of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust said: “We are incredibly proud to see that students across all three schools in the Trust have made fantastic progress during their time at our schools, and we expect our Progress 8 scores to rise further when the validated data is released in January. We are thrilled to be in the top 10 for student progress amongst schools across the county, especially since this is the first year where we are seeing results from students who joined Saxmundham and Beccles Free Schools in Year 7.

“The Progress 8 scores are testament to our strength of teaching in key subjects like maths and English, our small and friendly school environments, and the variety of enrichment opportunities available for all students. Our ethos at the Trust is to equip students with the widest range of skills needed to prepare them for life beyond school, so we are delighted to see that all our Year 11 leavers this year have gone on to their chosen college, sixth-form or an Apprenticeship.

“We believe Progress 8 is the fairest measure when comparing schools, and it should be a key consideration for parents when choosing a school for their children.”

The results published today by the Department for Education are un-validated because they haven’t taken into account any GCSE papers which schools sent back for remarking. The official tables will be published in January 2018.