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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
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  • 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...

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What the school says...

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)

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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...

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