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Hayes School Specialist Media Arts College
West Common Road, BR2 7DB, UK Hayes
+44 (0)208 462 2767


“A good School with outstanding features"
      - OFSTED February 2007

We are extremely proud of the achievement and reputation of Hayes School so it was very pleasing to have OFSTED confirm that this is indeed a very good school. What was even more pleasing was their conclusion that “students are very happy at Hayes and the care, guidance and support provided for their academic needs are outstanding”.

The inspectors judged that the academic standards achieved by the students were “outstanding” with exam results well above the national average (82% 5 A-Cs in 2006) and “the teaching is good and some is outstanding”. Students are described as “courteous and well behaved” and “the range of additional activities offered to students is extremely impressive”.

What is even more pleasing is the description of the school as a “high attaining school committed to continuous improvement” and that our “capacity to improve is outstanding”. This is our mission to move from being very good to an excellent school. We are determined to provide the very best education and care for all of our students so they can become successful, confident well rounded young people who parents, teachers and most importantly they, themselves, can be proud of.

Thank you for visiting our website. I hope all the information you require is here. Please let us know if there is any further information you need to know. Please also let us know if there is anything we can do to improve both the website and the school.

Kieran Osborne - Headteacher

Hayes School has an excellent reputation built on sound principles of education, traditional values and good relationships. We aim to build on these to make Hayes an even better school in the 21st century. Hayes School developed from the parish school of 1791, but its separate existence as a secondary school began in Gadsden, an imposing Victorian mansion, in 1956. The first students were all boys, but under the first Headmaster, R.W. Bigg, the school was expanded and girls were admitted. We believe that being a co-educational school is an essential element of education for life.

Under Dr. J.S. Leeming further expansion and developments took place and the schools’reputation for quality was firmly established. In 1990 J.R. Catmull was appointed Headmaster. Curricular enhancements and new technology were introduced and the school moved towards self government. In January 1992 the school became Grant Maintained and a new phase of building and expansion allowed the school to expand to 240 student entry. The success of the Sixth Form has also seen the roll increase to 400 students.

In 2002 Hayes School was awarded Media Arts Status, which brought extra resources and facilities (especially ICT) in to the school and helped open up new and innovative ways of teaching and learning in the class. We expect all of our departments to be excellent and our Media Arts Specialist status supports this. Throughout its history and continuing today Hayes School promotes traditional values. We encourage our students to prize honesty, personal responsibility, integrity and self reliance. And we expect them to show care, tolerance and respect for others. Such values underpin our requirements for students to behave reasonably and sensibly at all times. We attach importance to high standards of personal appearance, regular punctual attendance and courtesy and consideration to members of staff and to each other.


In partnership with parents and the community, Hayes School aims to provide opportunities for all its students that will enable them to play an active and positive role in the present and future world.

As members of a co-educational comprehensive school, students will have full access to and experience of the curriculum, regardless of race, class, gender, physical ability and religious belief. The School will promote a sense of self esteem, responsibility and tolerance in young people.

It will value and challenge each individual so that they reach the highest levels of achievement whatever their starting point. Hayes School places great emphasis on high academic standards and has at its heart the development of the whole person. Expectations are high and the achievements of students and staff are celebrated.

Hayes School will provide a supportive atmosphere based on self-discipline, mutual respect, co-operation and understanding. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility both for their own learning and for the environment in which they live.


Hayes School was awarded specialist status as a Media Arts School in 2003. We began the upgrade of our facilities and opened in September 2003 with a new media suite of industry standard Apple Macs; a recording studio and gallery; a well-equipped photographic darkroom; enhanced music technology suite; new projection and display facilities in the main hall.

As a Media Arts Specialist School, we will raise standards of teaching and learning for all students. We will balance formal instruction of content and skills with freedom to enquire, question and experiment to allow students to knowledgeably express their ideas and thoughts. We will increase attainment of students of all abilities, increase the enjoyment of teaching and learning for our whole community and create the climate for a new focus on whole school improvement. Creative teaching will motivate students, leading to self-directed learning, involving goal setting and planning, and the capacity to assess and manage one-self.

At Hayes we recognise the dynamism of modern culture and the pace of change in the information era. The process of change involved in any communication is a fluid dialogue and not a one-way street. This has important implications for teaching and learning in the 21st Century. We recognise that our post-MTV generation of students encounter a deluge of multi-dimensional stimuli and that media products shape their lives like never before. Developments in our understanding of how the brain works are only recently being employed; we seek to bridge this learning gap and harness media technologies positively.

All teachers will be involved in developing creative teaching in their subjects. Every subject area will review their practice and be invited to take part in utilising Media Arts resources to improve and augment their provision for teaching & learning. We will seek to use media technologies to promote and celebrate our achievements throughout the school to both students and staff. We will inspire a new generation of freethinking individuals, equipped with the learning skills required for the 21st Century. We will become a truly alive and vibrant learning community - a beacon for media arts. All aspects of our work will demonstrate our commitment to excellence with a focus on communication and raising achievement.


In many ways the Sixth Form is Hayes School’s crowning glory. It is the culmination of 7 years of schooling and the bridge to university, further education or careers that would not be accessible without the qualifications obtained during the 1 or 2 year courses.

Hayes Sixth Form has approximately 400 students comprising of the 75% of students who stay on from Year 11 and the large number who transfer to the Sixth Form from other schools. Both groups are attracted by the reputation for academic success, the large number and great variety of courses on offer and the exciting social activities and opportunities that Hayes Sixth Form offers.

Hayes Sixth Form offers the opportunity for young people to study, socialise and develop in a structured and caring environment. Greater freedom is matched with the expectation of increased responsibility. Progress is monitored and shared with the students and their parents. We believe this is the environment and structure where students can achieve their potential and develop the study and social skills required for Higher Education and the world of work.

In the Sixth Form students develop their leadership skills by being role models for the lower school, taking up roles such as Prefects and by representing the school in the community and even nationally. Equally students can access the impressive range of extra curricular opportunities in Sport, Music, Drama and many other areas. Sixth Formers organise the Sixth Form and run the school council assisted by teaching and non-teaching staff. They also receive guidance and counselling on a whole range of issues from study skills to careers, higher education and financial matters.

Ultimately it is the quality of teaching and learning which distinguishes our Sixth Form and we are proud of the success academically and personally of the young men and women who, when they leave our Sixth Form, are in a far stronger position to make success of their lives and contribute to the world they live in.

At Hayes we aim, as always, to provide a Sixth Form Curriculum which supports breadth and

depth whilst providing considerable flexibility. The learning programme will vary according

to students’ ability and will provide a clear progression to higher education, employment and

further training.

We provide students with the opportunity to:

Study for a range of qualifications

Study a wider range of subjects whilst maintaining scope for specialisation

Combine academic and vocational study

Participate in enrichment activities

A wide range of qualifications is now available:

AS…………..Advanced Subsidiary level

A Level……Advanced level

“Applied” A level

BTEC level 2

Specialised Diploma (level 2)

In Year 12 students may choose to study AS, Specialised Diploma or BTEC subjects or a

mixture of AS and “Applied” A levels.

In Year 13 students may wish to study subjects to a higher level to achieve A level or

“Applied” A level awards, and/or to study different AS subjects.

We intend to offer the following subjects in September 2008:

Art Economics Media Studies#

- Fine English Language & Literature Music

- Photography English Literature Music Technology

- Textiles Film Studies Performing Arts

Biology French Philosophy & Ethics

Business*# Further Maths*** Physical Education

Business Studies Geography Physics

Chemistry German Information Technology#

Computer Science Government and Politics Psychology

Creative and Media** History Sociology

Design Technology Leisure and Tourism* Spanish

Drama Maths (including Mechanics Travel and Tourism#

& Statistics)

The subjects will be offered at AS/A level. Those marked with # will also be offered at

“Applied” A level as well as AS, apart from Travel and Tourism which is “Applied” A level


Those marked with an asterisk* will be offered at BTEC level 2 (formerly GNVQ).

** - indicates Specialised diploma (level 2).

*** - is available to A level Maths students in Year 13 as an AS level.

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