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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 John Andrews LLB (and Chairman of F&GP)

Mrs Rosie Stiven MA

Mrs Sally Wilson BA, MA Ed, PGCE

Mrs Julia Brown MSc
Mrs Fran Deeming BA, PGCE
Mr David Haywood MA, PGCE
Mrs Jane Howard BA

Mr Tim Ingram MA, MBA, FCIB
Mr Dayle Kirby BA, PGCE
Mr Richard Shaw BA, Dip Urb Des, MRTPI
Mr Mike Sussman BSc, MBA, CEng, MIET
Mrs Fiona Waller BEd

Mr Roger 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's registered office which is: Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, DT11 8LL.


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

If for any reason you would like to contact the Head, you can do so by writing to Mrs J Thomson, Clayesmore School. Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, DT11 8LL or you can email or you can call 01747 813111


Senior Leadership Team
Senior Deputy  Mr JR Carpenter BA
Deputy Head (Pastoral) Mrs SJ Newland BSc, PGCE
Deputy Head (Academic) Mrs N Jones BSc, PGCE
Director of Studies (Yr 3-8) Mrs SL Hart BA, PGCE, MEd
Assistant Head (Yr 3-6) Mrs C Townsend MA, PGCE
Assistant Head (Yr 7-8) Mr D Browse BA, MEd, QTS
Assistant Head (Middle Years and Teaching & Learning) Mrs H Perrett BA, PGCE
Assistant Head (Sixth Form) Mrs HRB Hay BA, PGCE
Assistant Head (Co-curricular & LEX) Mr G King BSc, MSc, PGCE
Director of Academic Progress (Yr 9-13) Mr JA Reach BEng
Chaplain Mr AR West  BA, MA PGCE
Senior Master Mr D Rimmer MA
Director of Finance and Operations  Mrs N Bailey Phinn BA, FCA


Mr James Carpenter            Mrs Nina Bailey Phinn

Senior Deputy                       Director of Finance & Operations

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