Claydon High School
Church Lane, Claydon, Suffolk, IP6 0EG

Main Office: 01473 836 110

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Headteacher:  Ms M Taylor

Careers and Employability


During their time at Claydon High School, students will take part in various career and employability skills activities. We work with a range of providers to give students the opportunity to learn more about the choices they have for the future.

Activities include:

WOW Week – Years 8-10 take part in an Enterprise Challenge Cup, where they complete a project which is then presented and judged by local employers. Year 11 take part in post-16 taster days and learn how to apply for a job, including: preparing CVs and application forms, knowing where to find vacancies, looking at interview techniques and listening to talks from employers.

Suffolk Skills Show – Year 11 visit the Suffolk Skills Show to learn more about employment opportunities in the local area.

Pathways Evening – This is a KS4 post-16 information evening for students and their parents/carers to discuss, with local and national employers and post-16 providers, jobs or courses that will be available to them when they leave school

Learning About Work Day – Local employers are invited to school to teach students about ‘employer expectations’. Each student has the opportunity to have a one-to-one interview with a representative from a local business/company.

Currently we organise visits to: University of Suffolk, Suffolk One, Suffolk New College, Northgate High School and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Careers Fair, to name but a few.

Navigator Project – We have been working closely with Connect EB to create a bespoke programme of activities for our students so they can learn more about various careers, including STEM activities.

Career Ready – We have also been working with Career Ready on employability skills sessions across the school. They have supported us at Parent Consultation Evenings, providing parents/carers with local up-to-date labour market information, enabling students to understand local trends in employment sectors.

Business Mentoring – Students can access a Business Mentor during their time at Claydon High School, helping them to research a chosen career path.

Students are also able to access the Careers Library which has prospectuses from both further and higher education providers. The library contains computers that students can use to research different career paths and courses. They can also make appointments to see our careers guidance professional, Miss Lancaster. Specific careers topics are also taught as part of the PSHE programme for Years 7-9 and within PD at KS4.

If you are an employer who is interested in offering your time for any of our careers activities, please do get in touch with Sue Garner on 01473 836110 / We would be delighted to hear from you.


Careers Information and Advice

A dedicated team of staff work to support students through the decision making process and transition points. This includes:

Careers Guidance 

During their time at Claydon High School, all students will have the opportunity to receive one-to-one careers information, advice and guidance appointments with our professional Careers Advisor, Miss Hayley Lancaster. Miss Lancaster works for Alltogether and provides impartial and independent careers advice. Students from any year group can request an appointment. If your child wishes to see the Careers Advisor, they should speak to their Form Tutor or Mrs Garner in the Wider Opportunities Office in the first instance. Miss Lancaster supports all of our Year 11 students during the autumn and spring terms, helping them plan for their future and to understand the various choices they have, as well as guiding them through college applications etc.

Year 10 Work Experience 

As part of your child’s careers programme and employability skills development, students are required to do one week of work experience during Year 10, this takes place in July. 

We believe work experience is highly valuable to our students, giving them the opportunity to see what the working world is like. They learn how places of work are organised, what work processes are and that employer expectations are very different to school. We feel this experience is vital to our students’ development into young adults.

Students are required to source their own placements. Finding a company which can accommodate students for work experience can be a lengthy process and often requires students to follow up with letters and phone calls. Many companies may not accept students and we find a lot of resilience is sometimes needed so that they do not take this personally. If a student feels they need some extra support with cover letters, CVs or ideas they can visit Mrs Garner in the Wider Opportunities Office.


Useful Links



The Source is a website from Suffolk County Council which is designed by young people for young people.

There are many useful pages on this website including: choices at 13+, choices at 16+, a CV builder, various job information as well as signposting young people to information about health, housing and money. It also has a lot of information on apprenticeships, inlcuding how to search and apply. You can even download an app which sends alerts to your phone every time a new apprenticeship in your chosen field is uploaded onto the apprenticeship system.   


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Icould is full of career videos of real life stories from many different industry sectors, from zookeepers to accountants! You can get first-hand information on jobs and ideas for the future from the people who are currently in those roles.  

You can also take the “Buzz Quiz” in under five minutes and find out what type of animal you are. This is a tool which helps students to start thinking about their career, what they like and what they could do.  The ‘Buzz Quiz’, based on Meyers Briggs personality tests, is a simple personality quiz which identifies your character traits and will give you a list of jobs which might be suitable to you. 


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Plotr has a lot of information about various employment sectors. You can narrow your search down to look at a specific role and find out all about it, from what skills are needed to how much money you could earn.

Register for a free account and then take the test on this website to see what careers you might be interested in. It may take a little while to complete but Plotr will save your answers for you to come back to at a later date.


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The National Careers Service website has information and careers advice on many job roles.  Students can take the ‘skills health check’ to give them some ideas of what area would be suited to them.  You can also request to speak to one of their Careers Advisors.

A recently launched website which provides news, information on events and jobs in the local area. Once you have created an account you can learn more about employers and follow them to keep up-to-date with their latest information. 


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UCAS website will help you search Higher Education courses. 


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This is the apprenticeship website where you can search and filter for current live apprenticeships in your area. You will have to create an account before you apply for most of the apprenticeships here. 


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This website will help you explore the alternatives to Higher Education.


Our local Post-16 Providers


Mrs Higgon – IAG Lead Teacher

Mrs Garner – Wider Opportunities Coordinator

Mrs Lancaster – Careers Advisor


Latest News

Rock Band Workshop 

On 5th February a group of 40 students were joined by a fantastic band from Guildford called Kissed and Crowned and a team from I.E.M. (Industry Education in Music) to take part in a Rock Band Workshop and concert. Students from across all year groups split into groups to form separate bands and spent the day composing original pop music from scratch. With a very tight deadline, this was a huge challenge but our talented students worked extremely hard, using advice and guidance from the professionals to come up with some impressive and original material that was performed at a concert on the very same evening!
Many thanks to parents/carers for their support and well done to all who took part.


Internal Core Exam Timetable

Please click here to access a copy of the Internal Core Exam Timetable (Feb/March) for Year 11.



We are recruiting for an ICT Technician and Caretaker. Please click on the Vacancies page for more details.


Have your say on home to school and post-16 travel consultation.

Suffolk County Council have launched a consultation on proposals to change school and post-16 travel policies. This consultation will run until 28th February.


To find out more and to have your say on what should happen, please go to and read the attached letter below.


Christmas Hampers

Well done to the whole school community for creating 33 amazing hampers which were donated to the Chapman Centre in Ipswich, to be redistributed to those in need locally at Christmas. Thanks also to parents/carers and staff for the donations from home, your generosity is very much appreciated. 


Thank you!

Many thanks to all those parents/carers and staff who supported the PTA Grand Christmas Draw. They raised a magnificent £1125 which will be distributed among departments in school to go toward resources and activities for students. Sincere thanks to all the local businesses and organisations who donated prizes.



WOW Week Challenge Cup!

Congratulations to the ‘Throwback Festival’ team whose well researched and very detailed plans for a 1980s & 90s themed festival saw them crowned overall winners of the WOW Week Challenge Cup! Our congratulations also go to the runners-up, 'Cinefest' and 'Sport5' and all the students who took part. Your dedication, teamwork, leadership and commitment was clearly demonstrated in the fantastic ideas and portfolios of work that you produced over the course of the event. Special thanks also go to our guest speakers, whose support was vital in making the event the success it was.


KS4 Curriculum Evening

Many thanks to those parents and Year 10 students who attended our recent KS4 Curriculum Evening. If you were unable to attend, you can access a copy of the slideshow and workshop below. 

KS4 Curriculum Evening Slideshow 

KS4 Curriculum Evening Revision Skills Workshop


Macmillan Coffee Morning

macmillanWe have raised a fantastic £303 for Macmillan Cancer Support! Many thanks to all those who baked, purchased cakes or helped in any way.


Open Evening

Thanks to all our visitors for making our Open Evening such a success; we were delighted to welcome you to the school. Please see our website or call the school if you would like to visit again on one of our open mornings. We look forward to meeting you again soon.


New Vive Menu Launch

Image result for new menuPlease click here to download the new Vive lunchtime menu provided in our Megabites canteen by Vertas Catering. Please note that there is a three week rotation; dates are at the top of each page.


Welcome to Year 7

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new Year 7 students and their parents/carers.

Starting high school can feel a bit daunting at first but it is also very exciting and great fun. You will be part of a warm and friendly school community offering all the support you need to help you feel at home and to achieve your personal best in school. Although Claydon High School may be a lot bigger than your primary school, rest assured that everyone will be happy to help you settle in, find your way around and make lots of new friends.


Important Notices

South Suffolk Learning Trust

On 1st June 2017, Claydon High school, East Bergholt High School and Hadleigh High School joined together to form a multi-academy trust - The South Suffolk Learning Trust. The three strong schools will be working together to share best practice within the partnership as well as supporting other schools in Suffolk. The South Suffolk Learning Trust (led by an experienced board of local trustees) intends to grow and support the learning of Suffolk youngsters aged between 3 and 19 and add positively to improving life chances of Suffolk children through effective collaboration.

Headteachers Sarah Skinner, Colin Turner and Caroline Gibson are delighted to be formalising partnerships across schools and enabling an even wider number of children to reach their full potential.


New Recycling Facilities

Recycle your unwanted clothing and paper and raise vital funds for your school in the process!

The PTA have arranged for paper and textile recycling banks to be situated in the coach car park at Claydon High School and are available for both school and community use. Please click here for more details. For safety reasons, restrictions of use apply when buses are dropping off and collecting students in the mornings and afternoons.


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