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  • Saffron Walden County High School
    Audley End Road
    Saffron Walden
    CB11 4UH
  • Head: Caroline Derbyshire
  • T 01799 513030
  • F 01799 513031
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 2149; sixth formers: 653
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Check website for open Virtual Evenings
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th November -0001
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Extensive grounds, including own farm with cattle and sheep (and a highly successful farm club), and plenty of trees. In springtime pupils can see lambs gambolling in the paddock from the rugby and hockey pitches. The music department is the beating heart of this school, boasting two orchestras, a concert band, jazz band and a myriad of choirs and ensembles – all performing to an exceptionally high standard, with around six sell-out concerts a year. The school has also launched...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 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 astute and working closely with students and staff, she feels strongly that 'I don’t want to be a faceless or nameless figure’ – and students concur that she’s not one to hide away in her office. ‘As a headteacher, I believe you have a significant influence as a role model and in the tone you set and optimism that emanates from you,’...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The school is well staffed to cope with students who have special educational needs. The team of Learning Support Assistants work closely with the SENCO to ensure that all individual education plans are well focussed on the children's special educational needs. 09-09

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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