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Pupils join a happy, energetic school and quickly find their feet.

We welcome boarding and day pupils into our Senior school at age 13/14 (Year 9) from Prep and primary schools across the local South West, the South East, London and the Home Counties, and overseas. We also have a strong intake from our own Prep school, however, new pupils make up about 50-60% of our intake into Year 9.

Most children who join the school stay with us until the end of Sixth Form. We also welcome enquiries from pupils to join us in Year 10 at the start of their GCSE course.

All students joining the school must have the potential to pass at least 6 GCSEs but many, of course, will pass with high grades in many more.  They may also have other, wider interests in the world around them and we welcome this and encourage it. When they leave, students go on to a wide range of courses and universities – download our list of results and recent destinations.

Our aim is to provide our pupils with the confidence and ambition to achieve success in whatever field they wish to pursue.

We hope you come to visit Clayesmore to experience, first hand, our approach to teaching and pastoral care and find out how we can help your child achieve their academic and personal best.

Clayesmore Governors and Staff

Our Governors and Staff

Clayesmore’s affairs are governed by the Council of Clayesmore, chaired, at the present time by Mr John Andrews, a lawyer and former parent.

The governors represent, between them, a considerable range of skills, interests, professions and backgrounds and include at the present time a number who are former pupils and parents. They all share a very deep commitment to the wellbeing of Clayesmore, its pupils, its staff, and its future. The full Council meets every term as do all its sub-committees.

Council of Governors

Mr J Andrews LLB (Chairman & Chairman of F&GP)
Mrs F Deeming BA, PGCE
Mr D Haywood MA, PGCE (Senior School Education Committee Chair)
Mrs J Howard, BA (Prep School Educations Committee Chair)
Mr T Ingram MA, MBA, FCIB

Mr Dale Kirby BA, PGCE
Mr R Shaw BA, Dip Urb Des, MRTPI
Mrs R Stiven MA (Vice Chair)
Major General J Stokoe CB, CBE, FIET
Mr M Sussman BSc, MBA, CEng, MIET
Mrs F Waller, BEd

Mrs S Wilson BA, MA Ed, PGCE



Emeritus Council Member
Mr RC Kingwill, BSc, MS

If for any reason you would like to contact the Chair, Mr Andrews directly, you can do so by writing to him at the school address: Clayesmore, Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8LL.



Mrs J Thomson, BA (QTS), MBA, FRSA


Senior School Senior Leadership Team Prep School Senior Leadership Team
Senior Deputy Mr JR Carpenter BA Head of Prep Mr J Anderson BA, QTS
Deputy Head (Pastoral) Mrs SJ Newland BSc, PGCE Deputy Head (Pastoral) Mr D Browse BA, MEd, QTS
Assistant Head (Middle Years and Teaching & Learning) Mr M McKeown BA, PGCE Deputy Head (Academic) Mrs EL Reach BEd, CertSpLD
Assistant Head (Co-curricular) Mr M Newland BSc, MA, PGCE Assistant Head Mrs C Townsend MA, PGCE
Assistant Head (Sixth Form) Mrs N Jones BSc, PGCE Director of Assessment Mrs SL Hart BA, PGCE, MEd
Director of Academic Progress Mr JA Reach BEng    
Chaplain Mr AR West  BA, MA    
Director of Finance and Operations (Senior and Prep) Mrs N Bailey Phinn BA, FCA    
Head of External Relations (Senior and Prep) Miss VA Ixer BA, MCIM    


Mr James Carpenter            Mr Jonathon Anderson          Mrs Nina Bailey-Phinn

Senior Deputy                      Head of Prep                         Director of Finance & Operations

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