Controversial Beccles free school hopes it has proved doubters wrong with good Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 09:07 17 June 2014

Pupils from Beccles Free School celebrating their first Ofsted

Pupils from Beccles Free School celebrating their first Ofsted


A north Suffolk free school that courted controversy prior to its opening is celebrating a successful first Ofsted report.

Beccles Free School faced widespread opposition from political leaders and other school heads who believed that the town was the wrong place for such an establishment.

But yesterday students, staff and governors silenced their critics after receiving both good and outstanding results.

The school, run by the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, opened in Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, in September 2012, but will be moving to the Beccles Middle School site in Castle Hill this September. It currently has 198 pupils on roll from year seven to 10 and will include year 11 students from the autumn term.

Inspectors graded it as a good school for overall effectiveness, as well as the quality of teaching and leadership and management.

It received an outstanding grade for the behaviour and safety of pupils.

The report said: “Behaviour in the classroom is exemplary – inspectors saw no examples of students challenging a teacher or trying to distract each other, so that the vast majority of time in the classroom is actually spent engaged in learning.

John Lucas, headteacher, said: “We are all delighted with this report and it is a great credit to our students. We are very proud of their role in the success of the school and the way their behaviour has been noted as outstanding from Ofsted.”


  • And like all free schools good results are essential for the survival of the school, unlike many undersubscribed council schools which are subsidised and kept alive at the expense of the better run schools.

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • I understand your point but if you knew my son before and now you would understand my praise..I have no hesitation in sending my daughter there in September.

    Report this comment

    David Jermany

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • I was one of the opponents of the school not because I thought the school wouldn't be any good but as I felt there was not the demand for a new school in that area. It is the poor value for money that is the issue and it would be a scandal given the amount of cash spent per child if the school was anything less than good. David, I am not having a go at you or the school but when we are told there isn't the money for our small rural primary schools to continue you might see why this gets annoying for us.

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • My son goes to the beccles free school and I cannot praise them enough..they have turned him into a young man who WANTS to do homework and WANTS to go to school...obviously they are doing something good..well done

    Report this comment

    David Jermany

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site


Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Commented

Latest from the EDP



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

Listen to the latest weather forecast

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition