Skip to main content
  • 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 state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Essex
  • Pupils: 2092 ; sixth formers: 637
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 17th May 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 21st February 2007
  • 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...

Read review »

What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

What the parents say...

No comments received for Saffron Walden County High School

Please login to post a comment.

Thank the school

Parents and pupils often have cause to acknowledge the help and support they have received from their schools, for example in helping in the choice of further education or careers. "Say thank you" allows you to send a quick note of appreciation to the school in general or to an individual teacher.


This is a thank you to your school, teacher or careers adviser who helped you to get where you are now.

Please fill in the fields below, which we will transform into a letter of thanks from you to them.

Leave blank if you want to thank the school as a whole

Years you were there

Can be left blank but, if you can, think of a few words that will bring a smile.

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

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 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...

Subscribe now for instant access to read The Good Schools Guide review.

Already subscribed? Login here.

Subscribe now for instant access to data. Already subscribed? Login here.

  Zoopla sale properties   Zoopla rent properties   Hide Zoopla markers

Powered by Zoopla

Subscribe now for instant access to school catchment.

The data is based on actual admissions from the schools years September 2012 – August 2015 inclusive. Data from the school year September 2015 – August 2016 will be available in 2017.

Already subscribed? Login here.


Subscribe for instant access to in-depth reviews, data and catchment:

30000 Independent, state and special schools in our parent friendly interactive directory.
 School exam results by subject and performance GCSE, Alevel or equivalent.
 Which schools pupils come from and go onto.
 Honest, opinionated and fearless independent reviews of more than 1200+ schools.
Comprehensive catchment maps for English state schools inc. year of entry.
School data comparison by A/B weighted, relative success and popularity.
 Compare schools by qualities and results.
 Independent tutor company reviews.

Try before you buy - The Charter School Southwark

**For a limited time get one month's Good Schools Guide subscription free with any purchase of The Good Schools Guide to Boarding Schools.**

The Good Schools Guide subscription

 GSG Blog >    In the news >

The Good Schools Guide newsletter

The Good Schools Guide Newsletter

Educational insight in your inbox. Sign up for our popular newsletters.

Don't overlook non-Russell Group universities.

 
 

For a limited time get one month's Good Schools Guide subscription free with any purchase of The Good Schools Guide to Boarding Schools.