Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is fundamental to our work if we are to prepare our young people to move into the world of work and function fully as contributing citizens to their community in which they live.
Exploring beliefs and experiences, respecting values, discover yourself and the surrounding world and your place within it, using imagination and creativity and being able to reflect as an individual.
Recognising right and wrong, understanding choices and consequences, investigating moral and ethical issues and being able to offer a reasoned viewpoint.
Using social skills appropriately in different contexts and understanding how different groups and communities function, being tolerant of others.
Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, participating in cultural opportunities and understand and appreciate cultural influences.
In our changing world and local communities it is also important to promote fundamental British values as part of SMSC and this includes celebrating our strong vision and ethos, encouraging and supporting students to develop effective relationships, providing a broad and balanced curriculum whilst offering activities beyond the classroom.
All of our students are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
We also promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. By actively promoting these values we challenge anyone in our school community whose opinions or behaviours undermine these core beliefs
Our SMSC audit (click here) maps for us where our students experience these influences in our school, in addition to this we have other SMSC activities that further promote fundamental British values:
● Developing not only knowledge but self-esteem and confidence
● Understanding right from wrong
● Working within and with our local community
● Through our vision and ethos students’ understanding that they have three rights and three responsibilities in this school;
1) The right to learn
2) The right to be safe
3) The right to respect
1) The responsibility to let others learn
2) The responsibility to ensure others are safe
3) The responsibility to respect others
● Encourage respect for democracy, not only through lessons but by holding democratic elections for School Council members
● An understanding of how they as citizens, in our school and in their local community, can bring about influence through a democratic process
● An understanding regarding the rule of law and how it aims to protect individuals and the need for it to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all
● An understanding of the freedom of choice, particularly related to choice regarding faith and beliefs, and how these choices are protected in law
● An acceptance of others who hold differing beliefs, faiths and opinions and that tolerance is required and how discriminatory or prejudicial behaviour is against the values and ethos of this school but also is against the law
● An understanding of the importance of identifying discriminatory behaviours and actions and also understanding that action needs to be taken to combat such behaviours
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.