New free school set to open in Ixworth after funding agreement secured

Ixworth Middle School
Ixworth Middle School
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A new free school in Ixworth is to open in September after securing a funding agreement from the Government.

Ixworth Free School will be based on the site of the soon to be closed Ixworth Middle and cater for 11 to 16-year-olds.

It follows a campaign to set up the new school by parents in the community and the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, has agreed to fund the opening of the school and the level of funding will depend on pupil numbers.

This year the school can take upto 360 pupils.

Dr Robert Cawley, principal of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, said: “Ixworth Free School will promote academic excellence with a strong pastoral care element to enable every student to achieve success in their education.

“With the forecast of a rise in population in this area of Suffolk this new school will provide the opportunity and choice for both future and existing parents as well as meeting the demands which were clearly outlined by parents in this community for a new school.”

The school will have places for students in Years 7 to 9 this year with Year 10 admissions from next September and Year 11 in 2016.

Headteacher Nikola King, who has 15 years teaching experience, was appointed in January.

Meanwhile, Jude Chin has agreed to become chairman of the governing body subject to Trust approval. His CV includes a 30 year career with chartered accountants KPMG, he is chairman of the SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd and a governor of the Seckford Foundation as well as two academies in London.