Clayton Hall Business and Language College

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Clayton Hall Business and Language College
Headteacher Mark Heuston
Specialisms Business & Enterprise, Languages
Location Clayton Lane
Newcastle under Lyme
England Coordinates: 52°59′20″N 2°13′08″W / 52.98880°N 2.21891°W / 52.98880; -2.21891
Local authority Staffordshire
DfE number ???/4094
DfE URN 124412 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100
Students 933
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16
Former name Clayton Hall Grammar School
Website Clayton Hall

Clayton Hall Business and Language College is a high school situated on the edge of Newcastle-under-Lyme in North Staffordshire.


The school is based around a Grade II listed building[1] referred to as The Old Hall. The rest of the school comprises a mixture of buildings dating from 1940–2007. It is an 11–16 mixed comprehensive of about 1000 students and around 100 staff.

It is situated east of the A519 in the south of Newcastle under Lyme, next to the church of St James the Great.


The present Clayton Hall, which is used as part of the college, is at least the third Hall on or near the current site. There was a Hall on Clayton Road where Barn Court is currently situated. This belonged to the Lovatt Family, local landowners at the time. The second Hall was opposite the Nuffield Hospital, it eventually belonged to Mary Lovatt Booth, the sole survivor of the Lovatt and Booth families. She was a local heiress and married John Ayshford Wise in 1837. The Hall and the family are featured in John Ward's book, Stoke-upon-Trent of 1842.

The family did not live at Clayton Hall, as it was a little run down at the time. They had a new Hall built on the present site as newlyweds. In order to provide more private grounds Clayton Lane was moved to its present position, however, it originally ran through the College grounds. The Hall appeared to be occupied by the family by November 1841. Their elder daughter planted a tree near the drive, and there is still a plaque there now. The family was not living in the Hall at the time of the April 1841 Census. John Ayshford Wise and his wife were wealthy landowners and had three children.

Behind the Hall were separate laundry rooms, a stable and a coach house, and food storage areas for fresh produce from the estate. The orchard dates from this time. By 1891, when the Hall was put up for sale, a single storey Billiard Room had been built. This is the present Library. The ceilings in this area are highly decorated with papier-mâché and pierced coving, and the rooms that were used by the family have chimney breasts for open fires.

The Hall was used as a family home for nearly one hundred years until 1939. It was then taken over during the Second World War as a training base for Fleet Air-Arm apprentices, and extra outbuildings built. Only the gymnasium, chapel and minibus garage remain from this time. The Hall was painted in camouflage during the war time. It was used as a navy training camp, where a "fake boat" was built to train thousands of young men and women.[2]

Change in status[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

The Hall and the wartime buildings became part of Clayton Hall Grammar School for Girls in 1947. This was administered by the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. It had around 500 girls in the 1950s, then 600 in the 1960s.


It became a mixed comprehensive school, Clayton High School, in 1974. It lost its sixth form. The main teaching block and assembly hall were built in 1963, the technology block in 1978, the mobiles in 1987 and the sports hall in 1995. In 1997, the school won a grant of £60,000 to restore a historic garden wall which was originally built in 1840. Once it was restored, the public were invited to attend a ceremony performed by the Education Chairman, Councillor John Brooks.[citation needed]

Specialist School status[edit]

In 2005, the school became a Specialist School, specializing in Business & Enterprise and Languages. The school changed its name from Clayton High School to Clayton Hall Business and Language College. Due to this status, unlike many other schools, a language at GCSE is compulsory.


Academic results August 2011[edit]

In August 2011 Clayton Hall had record high results, with 69% of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths and 85% with 5 GCSEs or above.

Academic results August 2012[edit]

102+ A* - C = 98% 93+ A* - C (inc. English and Maths) = 84%

College System[edit]

There are four main colleges within Clayton Hall:

  • King's College
  • Trinity College
  • Stanford College
  • Melbourne College

The system was introduced 2009-2010.


A wide range of subjects are offered from Engineering to Performing arts. Admirable departments include History and their head of department Mr Dawson.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Curtis Nelson - Plymouth Argyle and under 18's England footballer.


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