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New Interim Head of School

SET Saxmundham School, part of the Seckford Education Trust (SET), is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Christina Watson as their new Interim Head of School.

Starting her position at the beginning of this academic year, Ms Watson is keen to focus on a smooth and settled start to the academic year for all students.

Christina Watson said, “I am so proud to be the Interim Headteacher of SET Saxmundham School, a place where our staff team are absolutely dedicated to the development of a safe, vibrant, successful and student-centred place of learning.

“We all strongly believe that our young people are capable of truly fantastic things, and we expect them to strive to achieve their very best whilst studying with us. Something that was very much reflected in their GCSE results in August. We now want to focus our attention on the next cohort of students and ensure they receive the same level of support after a difficult year, disrupted by Covid-19”.

Christina Watson - Interim SET Saxmundham Headteacher

Head of SET Saxmundham School, Ms Christina Watson

Ms Watson’s priority is to ensure that SET Saxmundham continues to support all the student’s achievements, not just their academic achievements, by providing lots of opportunities to develop student’s interests and talents.

Popular sporting activities will continue to run, as part of the well-established enrichment programme, but newer opportunities to explore STEM subjects, creative writing, journalism, drawing and writing historical fiction will also be supported by staff.

Ms Watson replaces Mrs Lizzie Girling who stepped down at the end of the last academic year.

Mark Barrow, Chief Executive Officer of Seckford Education Trust, says: “We wish to thank Lizzie for her huge commitment to the school, the pupils and her staff colleagues. She has shown genuine care for pupils’ education and wellbeing. She leaves with the thanks and warmest good wishes of the whole school community”.

He continued: “Ms Watson will bring stability and continuity whilst we search for and recruit a permanent new Headteacher at SET Saxmundham. She is an extremely experienced Headteacher, who understands the culture and values of our School. We’re thrilled that she is ready to lead on the further improvements planned for the 2021-22 academic year”.

In addition to further enhancing the enrichment programme, Ms Watson hopes that a new and exciting approach to PHSE and Careers will help learners make informed choices about their futures.

“We are pleased that our long-standing team will be strengthened by the addition of 3 Year Achievement Leads who will keep a close eye on the learners’ academic performance and support the children to address any gaps in knowledge and skills. I’m delighted to be working alongside them, contributing developing well rounded young people.”

CEO Mark Barrow. Credit. Seckford Education Trust

CEO Mark Barrow, Seckford Education Trust

Ms Watson is looking forward to meeting prospective students and parents at their forthcoming Open Event on Tuesday 14th September.

SET Saxmundham School, on Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, provides secondary education for students in Years 7 to 11.