Ixworth Free School gets go ahead after Michael Gove approval

Nikola King, principal elect of Ixworth Free School

Nikola King, principal elect of Ixworth Free School

A new free school in Suffolk is set to open in September following the announcement that its funding agreement has ministerial approval.

Ixworth Free School has been given the go ahead to open with the confirmation of the funding agreement by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.

The bid for the school was backed by the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust.

The Free School will be an 11 to 16 non-selective, all-ability school. It will be the third free school in the Trust's group with schools already established in Beccles and Saxmundham.

There will be places for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 this year, with Year 10 admissions from September next year and Year 11 in 2016.

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Two key appointments have already been made at the school with the appointment in January of head teacher, Nikola King, who has been teaching for 15 years.

On her appointment, Miss King said she believed schools succeed through 'strong partnerships developed with students, parents, carers and the wider community.'

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Jude Chin has agreed to become chair of the Ixworth Free School local governing body, subject to approval by the Trust.

Mr Chin has extensive commercial experience gained from a 30 year career with chartered accountants, KPMG. He is also a governor of the Seckford Foundation as well as two academies in London and is chair of the SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd.

Dr Robert Cawley, principal of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust said: 'We are very pleased to receive the approval of the funding agreement from the Secretary of State. 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.'

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