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Saffron Walden County High School

At SWCHS, we believe that every child deserves to go to an excellent school. It should be a school that understands them, allows them to flourish and be happy, and helps them to achieve in order to make the best possible academic progress whatever their ability or circumstances. It can do this by providing them with inspiring teaching, a secure and caring environment, expert advice and guidance, and rich and motivating enrichment opportunities. Our objective is to develop the skills, talents and values of every individual so that they can achieve impressive levels of personal success and go on to make a positive contribution to society. All the evidence demonstrates that SWCHS is such a learning environment and can confidently call itself a local school of exceptional quality.

About our school experience

Observations of lessons, time to discuss plans for training with expert colleagues and opportunities to interact with pupils where this is possible. Please note that we do NOT offer opportunities to teach pupils on these days, nor do we offer work experience blocks.
Start and finish times
8:15am to 3.30pm - Flexible

At candidate request

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

We are a partnership school for the CTSN SCITT and the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Photo identification: Passport or driving licence
    • If you wish to cancel a visit we ask for two working days notice.
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

Our observation window for the 2023-24 academic year will close on Thursday 29th March. We will not be able to offer visits after this time as public examinations begin after the Easter holiday. Please note that we only offer observations on these days, not teaching episodes, nor do we offer work placements.

Please note that requests for school experience visits received out of term time will only be actioned upon return to school.

School experience type
In school


Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH
Map showing Saffron Walden County High School

Yes - on site parking provided

Parking available at front of school in marked visitor bays.

Disability and access details

We offer facilities and provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience candidates with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your disability or access needs before or as part of your school experience request.

Access needs policy

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and social care
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious education
  • Social sciences
  • Spanish