The curriculum at Hayesfield is designed to ensure that all students can achieve their personal best and develop their individual character. Academic and vocational qualifications are the cornerstone of educational success, and at Hayesfield we also feel that being ready for work, being a well-rounded member of society and having the skills and attitude needed to lead a happy and healthy life are also equally important.
Our curriculum offer is:
- creative and supportive
- meaningful and contemporary
- rigorous, challenging and questioning
- personalised, motivating and empowering
- collaborative and interdisciplinary
- supportive of a local, national and international dimension
The curriculum is delivered through a two week 50 period timetable and is divided into three broad stages:
- Lower School (Year 7 and Year 8)
- Upper School (Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11)
- Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13)
The Hayesfield curriculum recognises and meets the requirements for the English Baccalaureate, promotes British Values and ensures students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. Lessons in Dance, Drama, Music, Art, PE, Design and Technology complement classroom-based subjects and provide Year 7 and 8 students with a varied diet of learning experiences. We actively promote an international dimension to our school and the majority of our students study French and Spanish during their first years at Hayesfield.
Students start their GCSE courses in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science in Year 9. The majority of students follow a traditionally academic curriculum and opt to take at least one language and humanities subject to study at GCSE – over 85% of our students take the range of subjects that fulfil the requirement of the English Baccalaureate. We actively encourage our older students to add their own dimension of extra academic challenge. Many choose to take three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and two languages to study at GCSE. Latin is also offered as a language choice at GCSE. For our gifted and talented students, we offer Dance as an additional GCSE as well as an A Level equivalent course, Global Perspectives, which promotes thinking outside the box!
“The school’s ambitions for all pupils to excel are clear in the curriculum, which is broad and balanced and matched well to individual pupils’ and groups of pupils’ needs.”
Ofsted, March 2017