Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome to Saffron Walden County High School. Whether you are a prospective parent, a current parent, a student, a member of staff, you are looking for a position at this school, or interested in another professional capacity, I hope you enjoy these pages and find what you are looking for.

At SWCHS, we believe that every child deserves to go to an excellent school. It should be a school that understands them, allows them to flourish and be happy, and helps them to achieve in order to make the best possible academic progress whatever their ability or circumstances. It can do this by providing them with inspiring teaching, a secure and caring environment, expert advice and guidance, and rich and motivating enrichment opportunities. Our objective is to develop the skills, talents and values of every individual so that they can achieve impressive levels of personal success and go on to make a positive contribution to society. All the evidence demonstrates that SWCHS is such a learning environment and can confidently call itself a local school of exceptional quality.

A strong, supportive partnership between the home and the school is fundamental to the success of any child in education. It is vital that communication between home and school, and with the student themselves, is clear and regular. Parents need to remain closely involved in their son or daughter’s academic progress and the school should share concerns about progress if they arise. If parents have a question about any aspect of their child’s education then they are strongly encouraged to contact the school at the earliest opportunity.

Caroline Derbyshire

Headteacher