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
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.