School profile

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.
Start and finish times
8:00am to 4:30pm - Flexible

8.30am- 4.00pm

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:

    • Photo identification: Passport or driving licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

Visits can usually be accommodated from the end of September to mid-November and from late January to mid-April. Outside these times we will be unable to host school experience days due to mock and public examination preparations.

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

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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
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and social care
  • History
  • Maths
  • Media studies
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Physics with maths
  • Psychology
  • Religious education
  • Social sciences
  • Spanish