Clayesmore is a flourishing co-educational Day and Boarding Senior School sharing the same idyllic Dorset setting with its Prep School. Filled with a warm friendly feel, the school aims to develop the unique gifts of every pupil and encourage a life-long love of learning.
About the school
Providing a seamless, ‘all-through’ education in rural Dorset, Clayesmore is a beautiful school for siblings to attend together. A smooth transition from Prep to Senior School ensures a secure educational journey which in turn develops confidence and the motivation to study. Clayesmore Senior School has been deemed ‘excellent’ across the board following a recent Independent Schools’ Inspectorate inspection that covered pupils’ achievements, quality of teaching and quality of boarding. Impressive A-level and GCSE results are made all the more remarkable because of an all-ability intake, while sixth formers continue to have the pick of the UK’s leading universities. There is also an abundance of extra-curricular activities and excellent facilities including a well-equipped sports centre, heated pool and all-weather hockey pitches. The school has its own art department in a separate village location and its own purpose built music department which offers quality tuition and opportunities to perform. The school is proud of its association with HM Forces and offers a number of service bursaries. Other academic, art, music, sporting and all-rounder scholarships are also available. Clayesmore is continually developing and a recently opened £3.4 million Business School and boarding house have further enhanced this outstanding school. Excellent teaching, Learning Support provision (including a CReSTeD listing) and English tuition for international students means the school was recently described by The Good Schools Guide as ‘probably what a boarding school should be - not oversized, caring, happy and successful across all ability levels’.
Clayesmore School pupil Jenny A has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Wicked Young Writer Award.
21st June 2019 — Dorset student, Jenny A has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Wicked Young Writer Award.
The Clayesmore Preparatory School Pupil was awarded first place for her story 'Dying Words' in the 11-14 category.
The awards are in association with the National Literacy Trust and encourage young people to use writing as a way of "expressing themselves" in order to produce unique and original pieces of prose. There were over 4,500 submissions this year with a rise in entries from individuals and primary schools.
Championed by Patron Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, Judges included Head Judge Cressida Cowell (Author of How to Train your Dragon), two poets, Inua Ellams and Hussain Manawe, Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust and Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of Wicked.
Jenny entered the competition through Clayesmore School and her piece struck a cord with Wicked The Musical’s Executive Producer Michael McCabe. Michael said, “Dying Words was outstanding. It shone out to me as exactly what this competition is for.”
Clayesmore Young Enterprise Company are Dorset Champions
Clayesmore’s Young Enterprise company, ‘AFriend’ has won the Dorset company of the year for the second year in a row, and will be off to represent the county in the South West Regional Finals in Bristol.
3rd May 2019 — Clayesmore’s Young Enterprise company, ‘AFriend’ has won the Dorset company of the year for the second year in a row, and will be off to represent the county in the South West Regional Finals in Bristol. Clayesmore’s company was the top out of ten companies presenting at the Dorset round of the national competition. The company is a social enterprise with the mission to give people between the ages of 12-17 a safe place to share their thoughts, issues and problems and to provide a friendly ear for anyone with a problem of any size.
The company, comprised of Year 12 pupils, has created their own website and instagram account to spread their message and also held assemblies in school. There is a blog on the website where articles so far have covered many topics common to young people – friendship issues, parental divorce, breakups and studying overseas among them, alongside personal areas of interest including Brexit and environmental issues such as the use of palm oil. In the next months, the group hopes to expand its current projects by creating AFriend ambassadors who would be able to meet personally with people who need someone to talk to in the school’s community and continue to add to its blog and social media with relevant information.
Clayesmore was confirmed as one of the top independent schools in the South West in terms of progress made by students at A-level, according to the government league tables published last week.
29th January 2019 — Clayesmore was confirmed as one of the top independent schools in the South West in terms of progress made by students at A-level, according to the government league tables published last week.
With a progress (or value added) score of 0.35, the Clayesmore cohort of 84 students in 2018 falls in the “well above average” range.
Commenting on the results Head, Jo Thomson said, ‘These results confirm what we have always known; that excellent results are simply the by-product of great teaching, a strong understanding of pedagogy and an unfailing belief in the ongoing learning ability of every child. Most importantly, perhaps, is that these results show that academic success can be achieved in a stress free atmosphere that prioritises warmth, kindness and service to others.’Clayesmore was confirmed as one of the top independent schools in the South West in terms of progress made by students at A-level, according to the government league tables published last week. With a progress (or value added) score of 0.35, the Clayesmore cohort of 84 students in 2018 falls in the “well above average” range. Commenting on the results Head, Jo Thomson said, ‘These results confirm what we have always known; that excellent results are simply the by-product of great teaching, a strong understanding of pedagogy and an unfailing belief in the ongoing learning ability of every child. Most importantly, perhaps, is that these results show that academic success can be achieved in a stress free atmosphere that prioritises warmth, kindness and service to others.’
Clayesmore's U16 Hockey team are celebrating becoming County Champions.
3rd October 2018 —
This year's competition format has been changed by England Hockeyand the team entered the tier 3 competition, which involved two pools with three teams in each, followed by semi-final and then a final. Clayesmore acquitted themselves well, scoring 20 goals and finishing with a goal advantage of 17.
The results from the fixtures were as follows:
Match 1: Clayesmore won 3-0 against Sherborne Girls Match 2: Clayesmore won 8-0 against QE School Semi-final: Clayesmore won 4-3 against Gillingham School Final: Clayesmore won 5-0 against Talbot Heath
Speaking about the competition, Clayesmore's Head of Girls Games, Andrea Cheverton said:
"The girls were excellent, and we were really proud of their team spirit and determination throughout the tournament. We will now represent Dorset at the West of England tournament at Clifton College on Tuesday 20th November."
A plethora of top grades for Clayesmore's GCSE students
A week after celebrating A-Level successes, Clayesmore’s pupils and staff were delighted to learn the GCSE results for 2018.
25th August 2018 — 84% of grades were awarded at 4 or above, significantly higher than the national average, and 29.4% of these were at 7-9 (equivalent to the old A* or A). There were strong performances in all subjects, and students who achieved notable success include Amy (8 x Grade 9, 1 x Grade 8 and 1 x A), Conor (5 x Grade 9, 3 x Grade 8, 1 x Grade 7 and 1 x A), Edward (9 x Grade 9), Oliver (5 x Grade 9, 4 x Grade 8, 1 x A*) and Jessica (6 x Grade 9, 2 x Grade 8, 1 x A* and 1 x B).
This is an incredible achievement for all these students but particularly for Edward who was one of just 278 boys nationally who managed a clean sweep of the top grade.
Head, Jo Thomson, commented that, “We are all incredibly proud of our students who performed so well in these reformed exams.
“We are very excited about welcoming them all back into the Sixth Form in September, and are confident that from these strong foundations, they will go on to achieve further success in their A-Level and BTEC studies in the years ahead.”
Clayesmore once again brings out the best in all its students
It’s been another stellar year for exam results for Clayesmore in which Year 13s have achieved success at the very highest levels across a broad range of disciplines.
16th August 2018 — In STEM subjects, students will be going on to read physics and chemical physics, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, industrial design and technology, maths and further maths. Congratulations to Bri Riley-Moore, Matthew Cathro, Phoebe Whitley, Ash Thapa, Jago Aartsen, Jessica Chick, Amelia Slay, Abi Jones, Lucas Mueller, Philippe Vennsmith and Xavier Hickman amongst others for securing the very top grades in these subjects.
In languages, Head Boy Theo Fraser will be taking up his place at Cambridge to read Modern and Medieval Languages whilst Maya Meredith will head off to Bath to read French and Italian; also enabling her to continue her netball career as part of the Bath academy.
In the theatre and arts, Emily de Mariveles will take up her unconditional offer to RADA to study Theatre Production and Caitlin Ravenscroft will be off to Bristol Old Vic also on an unconditional offer to study Stage Management. These are exceptional offers reflecting the girls’ hard work and commitment in notoriously competitive areas. Additionally, Jack Davies will read Law, Ellie Beckett will read History at Warwick and Olivia Boreham will read English Literature at Cardiff.
Of the 86 students receiving their results today, 60% had achieved passes at A*-B.Commenting on the results, Clayesmore's Head, Jo Thomson, said “We are so proud of the achievements of all our students. These incredible results reflect not only their hard work but also our broad and innovative curriculum which enables them to pursue their passions and interests, whatever they may be to the very highest levels. That, along with tireless commitment and belief of all our staff enables our students to achieve top grades at both A level and even at BTEC Diploma level (the equivalent of two A levels). We wish them all continued success as they move on to the next stage of their academic careers."
Looking at today's results, it's easy to see why the Tatler School's Guide said about the school, "A bright child will fly here, and a less able one flourish."