Our aim at Claydon High School is to provide a high quality education which helps students to grow and develop as successful and responsible citizens in an environment which is supportive and caring.
We treat students as individuals and help them to achieve the very highest standards of which they are capable. We have high expectations of students and develop and encourage team work, respect and co-operation; all factors we believe help students to grow into self confident individuals, able to take a full and active part in their community.
Success and achievement are celebrated and we seek a positive partnership with parents/carers and those in the wider community.
To help us achieve all we set out to do we ask the following;
they are committed to their own learning
they show respect for others
they allow others to learn
they are tolerant of the views of others
they represent the school in the best way they can
they adhere to uniform rules
they tell us of their successes
you ensure students attend school regularly and on time
you ensure students have all the correct equipment and uniform
you support the school in maintaining high standards of behaviour and uniform
you encourage students to work to the best of their ability with both school and homework
you check and sign planners, contact the school if there is a problem and attend consultation evenings
high standards and expectations
information about progress and achievement
a broad and balanced curriculum
support with any concerns
guidance on post 16 studying, progression and opportunities available
We are very proud of the way we look after our students and work in many ways to make their stay at Claydon High School an enjoyable and happy one.
Where possible the form tutor will stay with their tutor group for the duration of their school life and is the first point of contact for parents/carers
Tutors, key stage leaders, student managers and subject teachers are available by appointment to talk to parents/carers
There are many opportunities to be involved in wider school life
Mentors are available to support students
Year 7 tutor groups have Year 9 tutor buddies
Senior prefects and prefects help us to look after new students
Rewards are given for a whole range of reasons
Celebration assemblies share student success and achievement
We have a school counsellor and weekly drop-in sessions with a nurse and police officer
Students with special education needs follow the same curriculum as all other students at the school but may receive additional support; any learning support provided is specific to the student. In key stage four students may take fewer GCSE courses and/or may be given the opportunity to participate in courses which better suit their needs.
All students identified as having a special educational need, either at Primary School or at Claydon High School, will have regular reviews and parents/carers will be involved. Where a child has an IEP this will be reviewed and updated twice a year.
Students who are behind their target grade may be invited to participate in our ‘level up’ programme to help improve their Literacy and Numeracy.
We actively encourage parents/carers to work as partners with us in developing and supporting their child’s progress through such strategies as reading with them at home or helping with spelling and handwriting. We also work closely with outside agencies such as the LA Learning Support Team and Educational Psychologists who may be able to offer further support and advice. As the base for the Local Authority Dyslexia Unit we have access to CPD and resources.
Details of arrangements for co-ordinating special educational needs can be found in the Special Educational Needs Policy and further details can be discussed with Mr Pope, SENCO.
Students with disabilities - Claydon High School is committed to developing and promoting an inclusive community. Students with disabilities are admitted on equal terms and join in everyday activities with other students. A copy of our Disability Equality Scheme is available on request.
At Claydon High School our ethos of "Be the best you can be" means that we hold high expectations of all students, challenging them to fulfil and exceed their potential. We identify CMATS on entry to the school, including those who excel in specific subjects, and support them to work at the highest level.We monitor all students during their time at school and this includes identifying students who will join our CMATS cohort and providing support and intervention opportunities for them in appropriate ways.
Challenge is provided in lessons across the curriculum and in addition there are extra-curricular opportunities for CMATS and others to develop a range of skills and talents. The opportunities offered include: sports fixtures, drama productions, music workshops, creative writing days, author visits, debating competitions, science club, coding club, Spanish club, maths challenge, trips to a wide range of venues as well as the opportunity to take additional GCSE qualifications in French and Further Maths.
We also provide a number of student leadership opportunities to students in each year group to develop wider social and employability skills. Students attend conferences, act as mentors, work as prefects and can develop the qualities of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication through PixL EDGE.
The security and wellbeing of our students are taken very seriously. All staff are trained in safeguarding procedures and all information regarding child protection and safeguarding matters is dealt with as confidentially as possible. Any concerns are referred to our Senior Designated Professional for Safeguarding.
This year has been very busy and all students have had a wealth of opportunities and events to participate in. This week we have celebrated all of that with our final assemblies of the year. Our Awards assemblies celebrated the achievements of over 250 students who have 100% attendance, a perfect plus point profile, exemplary attitude to learning scores on their reports during the year or have achieved a full set of Headteacher’s awards for their reports. The termly praise assemblies, led by Heads of Year, celebrate wider achievements for the term including the tutor group competition for plus points!
We are delighted to announce that Claydon High School has achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Year 9 Design and Technology students have been taking part in a Skills Day today. Sessions included: working with visiting experts from West Suffolk Woodturning Club; making and dip coating coat hooks; and looking at the art of typography.
Many thanks to our students for their hard work and impeccable behaviour and to our visiting guests.
Huge congratulations to all the cast and crew who took part in our production of Madagascar. The show couldn't run without our very talented students but also our backstage crew and those people who gave up valuable time to support with refreshments, front of house, sound and lighting, costumes, hair and make-up, props, scenery etc... It was great to see all your hard work and weeks of rehearsals culminating in stunning performances across two nights. The singing, dancing, acting and comedy moments were superb! Sincere thanks also to parents/carers for their support and to those who came to watch the show, we hope you enjoyed it.
Well done to all those students and staff who entered the 'Claydon Bake Off'. We had some truly amazing cakes that would have competed with the professionals and it was very difficult to judge!
Congratulations to our overall winners, Jasmine S in the 'Showstoppers' category, who made the large chocolate/cherry cupcake and Ella in the 'Small Bakes' with her mini carrot cakes. Well done to runners-up: Bethany and Erin, Lottie, Lucy and Jasmine C. We must also mention Mrs Lovell-Brown, winner of the staff category.
Lastly - a big thank you to Ellie T who worked very hard to organise the event, ably assisted by Faith, Alex and Joseph.
Slices of cake were sold to students at lunchtime and the money raised will go towards the charity 'FIND' which supports families in need.
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.
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.
Please 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.
Claydon High School has recently achieved accreditation for transforming practice in ‘Leadership through moral purpose’ under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education.