Claydon High School has recently achieved accreditation for transforming practice in ‘Leadership through moral purpose’ under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education. The Framework for Exceptional Education is a tool incorporating SSAT's 30 years of experience in school improvement. Co-developed with a group of high-performing schools and reviewed by leading academics, the framework supports schools in quality-assuring their work and sharing effective practice.
To achieve accreditation as transforming in practice, Claydon High School was reviewed by two other high-performing schools and an independent moderator from SSAT. SSAT's Chief Executive, Sue Williamson commented, "for a school to be accredited for transforming practice is a real credit to their team and the quality of the work that they are doing."
Maéve Taylor, Headteacher of Claydon High School, said, “We are delighted with this recognition of the fantastic work being undertaken at the school by leaders at all levels, including our student leadership team. Our vision is that we should all aim to “be the best we can be” and this award acknowledges how our students are supported in this goal by a team of committed teachers and other staff as well as the wider community. I am immensely proud of everyone who has contributed to this success for the school.”
We have been successful in our application for a Silver School Games Award. The School Games Mark (which is recognised by Ofsted) rewards schools for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education.
In order to achieve any level of the School Games Mark, we must meet a set of prerequisites including: providing opportunities that attract less active young people to participate in physical activity; a calendar of competition that demonstrates opportunities for young people with SEND to take part in competitions; a notice board and/or in-house school digital system that promotes School Games activity and much more.
Claydon High School has recently achieved accreditation for transforming practice under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education. The Framework for Exceptional Education is a self-review and planning tool incorporating SSAT's 30 years of experience in school improvement. Co-developed with a group of high-performing schools and reviewed by leading academics, the framework supports schools in quality-assuring their work and sharing effective practice.
To achieve accreditation as transforming in practice, Claydon High School was reviewed by another high-performing school and an independent moderator from SSAT. SSAT's Chief Executive, Sue Williamson comments "for a school to be accredited for transforming practice is a real credit to their team and the quality of the work that they are doing."
Sarah Skinner, headteacher of Claydon High School, said “We are delighted to have our hard work recognised by other high performing schools. My thanks goes to a dedicated team of staff.”
Students and staff have once again been rewarded for their hard work and commitment with another great set of results. Of the 148 pupils at Claydon High School, 71% of students achieved A*-C in both English and Maths.
Students in Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths recorded a fantastic 100% A*-C success rate with top results in other subjects including: Biology 97%, English Language 85%, Spanish 85%, Business Studies 82%, Drama 81%, R.E. 80%, P.E. 80%, Media 77% and Maths 75%.
We are determined that our students are given every opportunity to be the best that they can be and they have certainly excelled themselves this year. I am delighted with the individual results for students and offer my congratulations to our young people who should all be very proud of what they have achieved, in terms of both academic success and the contribution they have made to school life over the past five years.
I would also like to thank our teaching and support colleagues who always insist on delivering excellence, our governors for supporting us and to families who have gone out of their way to ensure that their sons and daughters have been well supported at home.
As our students move on to the next chapter in their lives, we wish them all the very best of luck.
Mrs Skinner - Headteacher
Claydon High School was one of only four schools in the Eastern Region to be shortlisted for a DfE Character Award 2016. Our commitment to "providing an innovative approach to instilling positive character traits in students, ensuring that they are determined, confident and resilient; prepared for life in modern Britain" was judged to be 'highly commended'.
Claydon High School has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2015 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top 20% nationally for progress made by students between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their key stage 4 results.
The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“It’s my great pleasure to commend Claydon High School on their excellent 2015 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at the SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration evening. I have the privilege of visiting lots of schools and I am always impressed by the creativity of teachers in engaging and inspiring their students.
I hope that SSAT’s Educational Outcomes award will highlight the professionalism, commitment and hard work of leaders, teachers and students at Claydon High School. Recognising and sharing successes like this is at the heart of SSAT’s mission, so I am delighted to congratulate Claydon High School on their achievement.”
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 for sustained improvement.
MP Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools sent a letter to the school offering personal congratulations to the students and staff on this excellent achievement, which recognises sustained improvement in students achieving five or more A*-C GCSE grades, including English and Mathematics between 2013 and 2015.
We are also celebrating news that the school has been invited to become a Leading Edge school. Leading Edge is a programme which invites Claydon High School to join other high performing schools across the country to work locally, regionally and nationally to raise achievement through the sharing of proven ideas. There are currently over 300 Leading Edge schools within the programme, representing some of the most outstanding and innovative practice nationally.
I am very pleased that the hard work and dedication of staff alongside the commitment and fantastic achievements of our students over this three year period has been recognised. We will continue to strive for improvement and to deliver outstanding teaching and learning for our young people and these two accolades will support us in that aim.
I would like to thank my committed team of staff, supportive parents/carers and of course, the fantastic students, both past and present.
Mrs Skinner - Headteacher
Congratulations Year 11 on a fantastic set of results which you richly deserve. I am delighted that your dedication to learning throughout the past five years has been rewarded collectively with our best ever result! As well as celebrating exam results, I would also like to pay tribute to the contribution you have made to school life in sport, music, drama, art and the many other areas of achievement and creativity in which you have excelled. I wish you all the very best with the next stage of your education and training and look forward to seeing you at our Presentation Evening in December.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their fantastic support and the highlight the hard work and commitment of all the teachers, staff, governors and wider community that has contributed to our success this year and helped students on their journey.
Well done to you all.
Mrs Skinner - Headteacher
We have just heard from David Laws, Schools Minister, that Claydon High School has been awarded a £5,000 award for our progress and achievement of our Pupil Premium students.
We are delighted to have received this award. Our staff always work hard for all the students at Claydon High School but the focus on supporting those who sometimes experience more difficulties in their lives means that we achieved great results across the board but particularly for those in receipt of the pupil premium funding.
The additional resources this funding will provide allows for bespoke staff training, clearly timed and targeted intervention strategies and support for students which goes beyond the traditional academic sphere. We have a lovely school community who support one another and our shared philosophy of "Be the best you can be" means that high expectations and aspirations permeate all that staff and students strive to achieve.
We will now look to extend our work further in supporting achievement for all students at the school and this award will support us in that aim. I would like to thank my committed team of staff, supportive parent/carers and of course, the fantastic students, past and present.
Mrs Skinner - Headteacher
We are delighted with the improvement of GCSE grades for the third consecutive year. 62% of students achieved five passes including English and Maths and we hope this will increase after we appeal against some marks.
Our English and Maths results were stunning with 85% of students achieving A* - C in English and 74% in Maths, with 90% of students making the expected progress from key stage 2 in English and 77% in Maths. We are so pleased that the hard work of students and staff has reaped rewards in a year we felt could be turbulent. Our SEN students and pupil premium students have also achieved some incredibly good grades and we expect to be above national averages.
Nearly 30% of students achieved 10 and 11 A*- C passes and 100% of students some achieved some level of qualification.
After a very pleasing Ofsted these results really highlight that the hard work and commitment of all teachers and the wider school community has paid off for all students, regardless of their starting point.
Well done to all.
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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.