A Welcome Back – 13th September 2021

It is with great excitement and energy for the year ahead that I welcome you back to SET Beccles School.

Heidi Philpott - Head of SET Beccles School

We have been extremely busy over the summer break making further improvements to our school site and facilities. Not least the ambitious transformation of our old Maths corridor into our new and impressive specialist unit, Forge Beccles.

Staff returned on 27 August for three days of intensive and purposeful professional development. We worked on the personal development programme for our students, learned about our new careers provision and worked with our Cross Trust colleagues to further build strength and challenge into our curriculum. Back at Beccles, I worked with colleagues sharing our school priorities for the coming year, building further on the improvements made last year.

On Friday 28 August, we had the privilege of welcoming our new Year 7 students and their families to SET Beccles. During the BBQ, students enjoyed a game of rounders and the opportunity to make new friends, parents met with Team Leaders and teachers whilst relaxing on a very sunny evening.

On Wednesday 1 September our Year 7 students joined us for their first full day. Students excelled in their maturity and confidence. We ran an extended Team time to embed the importance of our Team culture and our school values. We also had the opportunity to say hello to many students who came into school for their Lateral Flow Device Test. Students have had their second test last week and we will once again send students home with their own testing kits. Any questions on testing, please contact the school office and they will answer your queries.

Having our whole school community back on site has offered many new experiences for me as Head of School. I have only known SET Beccles with strict Covid restrictions in place. For the first time I experienced our year groups mixing, I have been immensely proud of the compassion and care our students show to one another, patience and humour in abundance. Another first for me has been the community approach to mealtime, seeing our teaching and support staff sat amongst students eating lunch together is very warming.

We have many new faces within our staff body, I welcome them all to our school community and am pleased to say everyone has settled in wonderfully. Next week’s bulletin will include an introduction from all new colleagues. In the meantime, if you wish to contact a member of staff, please contact your child’s Team Leader or our school admin team and we can ensure the message is passed on.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs H Philpott
Head of School

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