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Choosing Clayesmore Sixth Form means choosing a vibrant educational environment, offering a wide choice of subjects, and the opportunity to participate in an impressive range of co-curricular experiences to help you successfully achieve your goals.

When you join Clayesmore's Sixth Form, you'll benefit from small class sizes where you can excel in your chosen subjects. You'll also be in an environment where you can develop essential life skills so you can thrive beyond school. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your aptitude and talents in leadership, drama, music and art as well as participate in work placements to get 'real life' experience. LEX will also support your development to succeed as a young adult.

It's not all work though! The Sixth Form offers plenty of social opportunities including dinners and balls, which culminate in the greatly anticipated Valedictory events at the end of Year 13 for our Leavers where they celebrate their successes.

New students to the Sixth Form will be welcomed warmly by the current pupils who are always delighted to have new friends to make and a larger intake into Year 12 means you won't be the only new face to Sixth Form. 

Find out more by arranging a visit and a meeting with the Head and Head of Sixth Form. You can also attend our Sixth Form Information Day which we hold each October.

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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