New Headteacher at SET Beccles School balancing Covid safety and increased support for students as part of ‘catch-up’ programme

SET Beccles School, part of the Seckford Education Trust (SET), announced the appointment of Mrs Heidi Philpott as their new Head of School in May 2020, with Mrs Philpott starting her position at the beginning of the academic year in September.

Since taking up her new appointment, Mrs Philpott has already made an impressive impact on the school by introducing new initiatives for the students and school itself.

Starting her new position in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mrs Philpott has successfully implemented safety measures around the school allowing students to return to a safe environment whilst also focusing on the catch-up programme for individual students.

The catch-up programme includes one to one tutor support for English, Maths and Science as well as online tutoring for GCSE students which is due to start in early October.

Even during lockdown, staff from Seckford Education Trust SET schools in Beccles, Ixworth and Saxmundham were proactive and made face masks for the NHS in their Design Technology laboratories

Mark Barrow, Chief Executive at Seckford Education Trust (SET), said: “The Seckford Foundation were determined to respond positively to the Covid-19 crisis and continue the legacy of strengthening communities built by benefactor, Thomas Seckford.

“This has been carried through into the school year, ensuring all of our staff and students are kept safe with the safety measures we have in place.

“Although our schools had to close at the end of the last academic year due to Covid-19, the introduction of the catch-up programme will allow our students to receive ongoing tuition on a 1:1 basis to enable them to catch up in areas where they need additional support.”

Mrs Philpott’s priority at SET Beccles School is to support all the student’s achievements, not just their academic achievements. This has already been showcased through the implementation of talent building workshops which have been set up on Wednesday afternoons at the school.

Heidi Philpott, Head of School at SET Beccles School, said: “It is so important to highlight all of the student’s achievements and I am keen to encourage this further by building on their amazing talents.

SET Beccles School was borne out of the local community’s desire to have something different. It is a small school that knows and values each of its students and can offer each of them a bespoke education.”

All of the schools within Seckford Education Trust (SET) are community led, with the schools not letting the Covid-19 pandemic get in the way of continuing that community atmosphere. The school is striving to get communities together and work with local organisations to achieve this.

Mark Barrow, said: “Community is a strong focus at our schools and although we may be physically distancing, we aren’t socially distancing in terms of being social with others.

“We are exploring different ways of engaging the school community as well as the wider community too, starting with virtual school assemblies to continue the community feel across year groups who currently need to stay in their own bubbles due to the pandemic.”

SET Beccles School, on Castle Hill in Beccles, provides secondary education for students age 11 – 16 in the Beccles and Bungay area. It is one of five schools in the Seckford Education Trust and was one of the first schools to be opened in 2012, alongside Saxmundham School and Ixworth School. For more information about Beccles School visit: https://www.becclesschool.org.uk/