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New head balancing covid safety and increased support

Heidi Philpott started in her position this September – Photo: Seckford Education Trust

The new headteacher of a Beccles school is balancing covid safety and increased support for students as part of a ‘catch-up’ programme.

SET Beccles School, part of the Seckford Education Trust, 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 this 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, she has successfully implemented safety measures around the school allowing students to return to a safe environment whilst also focusing on a 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.

Mark Barrow, Chief Executive at Seckford Education Trust, 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.”

Talent building workshops have been set up on Wednesday afternoons – Photo: Seckford Education Trust

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, headteacher 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.”

Mark continued: “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.”


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