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.
Vacancies have arisen for parent governors on our local governing body. Parent governors are elected by the parents/carers of children attending the school. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, please click here to find out more information on the process, what is required and how to be nominated.
Nomination papers must be returned by Friday 17th November.
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.
Please click here to access a copy of the core internal exams taking place in November for Year 11 students.
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.
We have raised a fantastic £303 for Macmillan Cancer Support! Many thanks to all those who baked, purchased cakes or helped in any way.
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.
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.
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.
The wait was finally over for our Year 11 students when they received their GCSE exam results in August. They were the first cohort of students taking the new exams which are designed to be more challenging. Of our 120 students 65% achieved a grade 4-9 in both Maths and one of their English GCSEs; the grade 4 is equivalent to grade C in other subjects. 24% of our students achieved passes at grade C or 5 in their EBacc subjects. We had many strong performances in individual subjects including: Drama, Spanish, Science, PE and Food and Nutrition.
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.
We are delighted to share the exciting news that Claydon High School has been named in the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England.