New Headteacher At High School

Words from Headteacher Ms M Taylor

I am delighted to be able to write to you at the start of this school year as I step up to be headteacher at Claydon High School. This role is for two terms while Mrs Skinner undertakes the exciting position of CEO of the South Suffolk Learning Trust and executive headteacher at Claydon High School.

I have already worked at Claydon for six years as assistant and deputy headteacher, with a focus on teaching and learning, and have been proud of how the school has developed in this time. I am excited about building on its many strengths, working with some excellent colleagues, governors and members of our community, especially parents/carers.

The wait was finally over for our Year 11 students, when they received their exam results in August. They were the first cohort of students taking the new exams, which are designed to be more challenging. Of our 140 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.

Our students achieved 24% of passes at grade C or 4 in their EBacc subjects, which include a language and humanities subject. We had many strong performances in individual subjects, including from some students who had faced significant challenges, during their GCSE studies. We are proud of all our students.

As well as celebrating exam results, I would also like to pay tribute to the contribution these students made to school life in sport, music, drama, art and the many other areas of achievement and creativity in which they excelled. I wish them all the very best with the next stage of their education and training.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers, for their fantastic support and to 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.

Moving forward to this new academic year, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new staff and Year 7 students and their parents/carers. We have had a very busy start to the autumn term and I am delighted at how well our new students have settled in. Starting high school is an exciting time and it is pleasing to see how brilliantly they have adapted to the big changes. in their school day and environment.

We have lots of events and activities organised for this half term. Year 11 students are particularly busy with planned trips for several departments. including Business Studies, Geography, Leisure and Tourism and to the Suffolk Skills Show.

As I write, staff are busy planning for WOW Week at the beginning of November. This will be three days of specially designed activities for each year group. Year 7 will be camping at Mersea Outdoor Centre, taking part in various team building activities such as orienteering and rocket building. Years 8-10 will participate in a media based enterprise challenge. This will focus on creating an entrepreneurial spirit, developing leadership skills and accelerating employability skills.

Year 11 students will spend a day at a college, sixth form or university, work with the YMCA on activities in school and will begin to complete application forms, for future study and jobs. I will let you know how they all get on in December’s edition.

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