Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Claydon: School is told to improve by Ofsted

11:00 06 December 2012

Claydon High School

Claydon High School

A SCHOOL has been told to make changes after inspectors downgraded it from “good” to “requires improvement”.

Claydon High School was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month who reported the standards in GCSE physical eduction, drama and music are consistently below average, the quality of teaching is too variable and the school’s development plans are not sharp enough.

The report also noted that over the past three years, the main focus of the headteacher and governing body has been on reducing the budget deficit and closing the sixth form and “not enough attention has been given to improving teaching and students’ achievement”.

Lead inspector Mark Phillips noted the school can make improvements in many areas such as by making teaching more challenging and more interesting by using local authority support to ensure that the teaching of maths is good and make sure that marking and written feedback are consistently good by summer 2013.

He also noted that the school can improve achievement by “increasing the summer 2013 GCSE mathematics average grade score, and the progress made by students in mathematics, so that both are above the national average” and ensure students who attend college or work placements achieve better exam results and show better attendance.

The Ofsted report also highlighted the school’s strengths – the number of exclusions has fallen, attendance has improved and around a third of all students study biology, chemistry and physics as three separate science subjects at GCSE

Headteacher Sarah Skinner said: “We are delighted that improvements in attendance and a reduction in exclusions was recognised and that science, history, geography and languages were highlighted as subjects where students achieve well. We are aware that there are areas that need to be developed and we have an ongoing programme to work on improving these.

“We are receiving excellent support from the local authority and will continue to work tirelessly to improve outcomes for students.”


Sir David Attenborough reopened the Abberton Reservoir for Essex and Suffolk Water and Essex Wildlife Trust. The reservoir has had an enormous amount of work done to it as a reservoir and as a wildlife habitat.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust today launches an ambitious £1million public appeal as part of a land purchase plan that is on a scale “unprecedented” in the nature charity’s long history.

Abnormal loads will be making their way along the roads of Suffolk over the next two weeks

Motorists in Suffolk are being warned to watch out for traffic delays as three abnormal loads slowly make their way along the county’s roads over the next two weeks.

Frankel welcomes guests to Newmarket National Heritage Centre

Her Majesty The Queen is to officially open the new £15million National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in the Suffolk town of Newmarket, where many of her own horses are trained and stabled.

The RSPCA in Martlesham has a number of  black cats and kittens that need a home.

With a love for cuddles and having their tummies tickled it seems unlikely these furry friends could be evil omens or harbingers of doom.

Local charities gathered together at Greshams in
 Ipswich  for the launch of the Rotary Orwell Walk
 2017 .

One of the most popular and successful fundraising events in Suffolk has been officially launched.

Halloween party at Orford  in November 1972

The shops in Ipswich town centre are stocked up with witches outfits and trick or treat supplies, and supermarkets are doing a roaring trade in pumpkins as Halloween fast approaches.

The Long Shop, Leiston, the Final Fling, steam engines and stalls 
- Roger Threadgold and Dave Bennett with their Classic Butchers Van

Exhibits at one of Suffolk’s favourite museums got all steamed up for the final time this season.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24