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  • Saffron Walden County High School
    Audley End Road
    Saffron Walden
    Essex
    CB11 4UH
  • Head: Caroline Derbyshire
  • T 01799 513030
  • F 01799 513031
  • E info@swchs.net
  • W www.swchs.net
  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 2100
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th May 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 21st February 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Teachers a particularly dedicated bunch – maths department holds maths surgeries for all twice a week during lunch breaks, while many staff lead D of E expeditions at weekends. Extensive grounds, including a grass cricket square, pavilion, tennis courts, Astroturf...

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Geology at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Teachers a particularly dedicated bunch – maths department holds maths surgeries for all twice a week during lunch breaks, while many staff lead D of E expeditions at weekends. Extensive grounds, including a grass cricket square, pavilion, tennis courts, Astroturf and own farm with cattle and sheep. In springtime pupils can see lambs gambolling in the paddock from the rugby and hockey pitches.

Headteacher

Since January 2016, Caroline Derbyshire MA (in English Lit from Cambridge). Previously executive principal of the Chilford Hundred Education Trust for 10 years, and before that deputy head at Saffron Walden for six years. Although she is executive head of the Saffron Academy Trust, which includes three other local schools, students very much see her as ‘their’ headteacher and this is where she spends most of her time. Known for being both strategically...

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