Clayesmore's academic ethos is very much centred on encouraging, motivating and inspiring pupils to reach further, to achieve lasting academic results and to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Year 9 serves as a year in which the Key Stage 3 syllabus is completed along with a firm foundation for the GCSE courses. An able pupils programme is in place to ensure that the curriculum is delivered at exactly the right level for each child. In years 10 and 11, pupils study for their GCSEs, taking between 8 and 12 subjects according to ability and interests. In the Sixth Form, over 1000 different combinations of AS and A2 courses are on offer. Pupils usually begin their Sixth Form career by following four AS level courses, dropping to three at A2. 98% of Upper Sixth Form pupils go on to the university of their choice.
Professional careers advice
Careers education is an established part of the curriculum for the junior Years 9 and 10. At this time pupils are shown how to use the resources of the careers library and are encouraged to begin to identify their strengths and weaknesses in particular areas of life. They learn how to research a variety of career options utilising reference books, the Internet and video resources.
From Year 11 onwards, in addition to time-tabled careers lessons, pupils are asked to attend careers workshops where they can discuss their academic progress and match this with career profiles. To support this, the School invites COA (Cambridge Occupational Analysts) to test and interview all pupils.
Investment in academic and pastoral infrastructure
Two items remain constantly under review in the Clayesmore development plan: Continual renewal and refurbishment of the boarding houses and the updating of classroom and teaching facilities in order to stay abreast of today's increasing demands on the curriculum. In recent years most of the boarding houses have been renovated to provide warm, comfortable and modern facilities designed to give all boarders that 'feel good' factor when they return there after a day in school.
The latest in academic investment is the opening of the Spinney Centre.This super new building is home to the Geography, History, Business Studies and Career departments as well as staff offices and common room.