Claydon High School
Church Lane, Claydon, Suffolk, IP6 0EG

Main Office: 01473 836 110

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Headteacher:  Ms M Taylor

Careers and Employability


During their time at Claydon High School, students will take part in various career and employability skills activities. We work with a range of providers to give students the opportunity to learn more about the choices they have for the future.

Activities include:

WOW Week – Years 8-10 take part in an Enterprise Challenge Cup, where they complete a project which is then presented and judged by local employers. Year 11 take part in post-16 taster days and learn how to apply for a job, including: preparing CVs and application forms, knowing where to find vacancies, looking at interview techniques and listening to talks from employers.

Suffolk Skills Show – Year 11 visit the Suffolk Skills Show to learn more about employment opportunities in the local area.

Pathways Evening – This is a KS4 post-16 information evening for students and their parents/carers to discuss, with local and national employers and post-16 providers, jobs or courses that will be available to them when they leave school

Learning About Work Day – Local employers are invited to school to teach students about ‘employer expectations’. Each student has the opportunity to have a one-to-one interview with a representative from a local business/company.

Currently we organise visits to: University of Suffolk, Suffolk One, Suffolk New College, Northgate High School and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Careers Fair, to name but a few.

Navigator Project – We have been working closely with Connect EB to create a bespoke programme of activities for our students so they can learn more about various careers, including STEM activities.

Career Ready – We have also been working with Career Ready on employability skills sessions across the school. They have supported us at Parent Consultation Evenings, providing parents/carers with local up-to-date labour market information, enabling students to understand local trends in employment sectors.

Business Mentoring – Students can access a Business Mentor during their time at Claydon High School, helping them to research a chosen career path.

Students are also able to access the Careers Library which has prospectuses from both further and higher education providers. The library contains computers that students can use to research different career paths and courses. They can also make appointments to see our careers guidance professional, Miss Lancaster. Specific careers topics are also taught as part of the PSHE programme for Years 7-9 and within PD at KS4.

If you are an employer who is interested in offering your time for any of our careers activities, please do get in touch with Sue Garner on 01473 836110 / We would be delighted to hear from you.


Careers Information and Advice

A dedicated team of staff work to support students through the decision making process and transition points. This includes:

Careers Guidance 

During their time at Claydon High School, all students will have the opportunity to receive one-to-one careers information, advice and guidance appointments with our professional Careers Advisor, Miss Hayley Lancaster. Miss Lancaster works for Alltogether and provides impartial and independent careers advice. Students from any year group can request an appointment. If your child wishes to see the Careers Advisor, they should speak to their Form Tutor or Mrs Garner in the Wider Opportunities Office in the first instance. Miss Lancaster supports all of our Year 11 students during the autumn and spring terms, helping them plan for their future and to understand the various choices they have, as well as guiding them through college applications etc.

Year 10 Work Experience 

As part of your child’s careers programme and employability skills development, students are required to do one week of work experience during Year 10, this takes place in July. 

We believe work experience is highly valuable to our students, giving them the opportunity to see what the working world is like. They learn how places of work are organised, what work processes are and that employer expectations are very different to school. We feel this experience is vital to our students’ development into young adults.

Students are required to source their own placements. Finding a company which can accommodate students for work experience can be a lengthy process and often requires students to follow up with letters and phone calls. Many companies may not accept students and we find a lot of resilience is sometimes needed so that they do not take this personally. If a student feels they need some extra support with cover letters, CVs or ideas they can visit Mrs Garner in the Wider Opportunities Office.


Useful Links



The Source is a website from Suffolk County Council which is designed by young people for young people.

There are many useful pages on this website including: choices at 13+, choices at 16+, a CV builder, various job information as well as signposting young people to information about health, housing and money. It also has a lot of information on apprenticeships, inlcuding how to search and apply. You can even download an app which sends alerts to your phone every time a new apprenticeship in your chosen field is uploaded onto the apprenticeship system.   


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Icould is full of career videos of real life stories from many different industry sectors, from zookeepers to accountants! You can get first-hand information on jobs and ideas for the future from the people who are currently in those roles.  

You can also take the “Buzz Quiz” in under five minutes and find out what type of animal you are. This is a tool which helps students to start thinking about their career, what they like and what they could do.  The ‘Buzz Quiz’, based on Meyers Briggs personality tests, is a simple personality quiz which identifies your character traits and will give you a list of jobs which might be suitable to you. 


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Plotr has a lot of information about various employment sectors. You can narrow your search down to look at a specific role and find out all about it, from what skills are needed to how much money you could earn.

Register for a free account and then take the test on this website to see what careers you might be interested in. It may take a little while to complete but Plotr will save your answers for you to come back to at a later date.


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The National Careers Service website has information and careers advice on many job roles.  Students can take the ‘skills health check’ to give them some ideas of what area would be suited to them.  You can also request to speak to one of their Careers Advisors.

A recently launched website which provides news, information on events and jobs in the local area. Once you have created an account you can learn more about employers and follow them to keep up-to-date with their latest information. 


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UCAS website will help you search Higher Education courses. 


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This is the apprenticeship website where you can search and filter for current live apprenticeships in your area. You will have to create an account before you apply for most of the apprenticeships here. 


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This website will help you explore the alternatives to Higher Education.


Our local Post-16 Providers


Mrs Higgon – IAG Lead Teacher

Mrs Garner – Wider Opportunities Coordinator

Mrs Lancaster – Careers Advisor


Headteacher's Weekly Update

There is a myth that in a school, once external exams are done, things start to “wind down” for the summer. That is certainly not the case at Claydon and the last week has been busy with lots of events offering opportunities for our students to experience something new. Last week we welcomed Year 6s who will join us in September and they were supported by Year 7 and 8 students as they found their way around school and enjoyed lessons. This week Year 5 students from local primary schools enjoyed a “Sea” themed Arts day involving Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and Art, also supported by our new student leaders in KS3. Students in Year 9 travelled to Cadbury World upon completion of a chocolate themed project in DT Year 10 students visited

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Latest News

Year 9 D.T. Skills Day

Year 9 Design and Technology students have been taking part in a Skills Day today. Sessions included: working with visiting experts from West Suffolk Woodturning Club; making and dip coating coat hooks; and looking at the art of typography.

Many thanks to our students for their hard work and impeccable behaviour and to our visiting guests.


MADAGASCAR — Congratulations!

Huge congratulations to all the cast and crew who took part in our production of Madagascar. The show couldn't run without our very talented students but also our backstage crew and those people who gave up valuable time to support with refreshments, front of house, sound and lighting, costumes, hair and make-up, props, scenery etc... It was great to see all your hard work and weeks of rehearsals culminating in stunning performances across two nights. The singing, dancing, acting and comedy moments were superb! Sincere thanks also to parents/carers for their support and to those who came to watch the show, we hope you enjoyed it.


Claydon Bake Off

Well done to all those students and staff who entered the 'Claydon Bake Off'. We had some truly amazing cakes that would have competed with the professionals and it was very difficult to judge!

Congratulations to our overall winners, Jasmine S in the 'Showstoppers' category, who made the large chocolate/cherry cupcake and Ella in the 'Small Bakes' with her mini carrot cakes. Well done to runners-up: Bethany and Erin, Lottie, Lucy and Jasmine C. We must also mention Mrs Lovell-Brown, winner of the staff category.

Lastly - a big thank you to Ellie T who worked very hard to organise the event, ably assisted by Faith, Alex and Joseph.

Slices of cake were sold to students at lunchtime and the money raised will go towards the charity 'FIND' which supports families in need.


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Important Notices

South Suffolk Learning Trust

On 1st June 2017, Claydon High school, East Bergholt High School and Hadleigh High School joined together to form a multi-academy trust - The South Suffolk Learning Trust. The three strong schools will be working together to share best practice within the partnership as well as supporting other schools in Suffolk. The South Suffolk Learning Trust (led by an experienced board of local trustees) intends to grow and support the learning of Suffolk youngsters aged between 3 and 19 and add positively to improving life chances of Suffolk children through effective collaboration.

Headteachers Sarah Skinner, Colin Turner and Caroline Gibson are delighted to be formalising partnerships across schools and enabling an even wider number of children to reach their full potential.

New Recycling Facilities

Recycle your unwanted clothing and paper and raise vital funds for your school in the process!

The PTA have arranged for paper and textile recycling banks to be situated in the coach car park at Claydon High School and are available for both school and community use. Please click here for more details. For safety reasons, restrictions of use apply when buses are dropping off and collecting students in the mornings and afternoons.

New Vive Menu Launch

Image result for new menuPlease click here to download the new Vive lunchtime menu provided in our Megabites canteen by Vertas Catering. Please note that there is a three week rotation; dates are at the top of each page.


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  • Successes and Highlights

    Claydon High School has recently achieved accreditation for transforming practice in ‘Leadership through moral purpose’ under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education.

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