Welcome to Haydon


On behalf of students and staff I would like to welcome you to Haydon School.  Haydon is an Academy for students aged 11-18 years.  We welcome students of all abilities and we seek the best from every student, irrespective of ability.  As it says in our Mission Statement and aims, we are firmly committed to individual excellence, ensuring that all students fulfil their potential.

Haydon is superbly equipped.  In recent years over £10 million has been spent on new buildings and refurbishment providing a new Performing Arts Block, new Science Laboratories, a new Art & Design building and the Sixth Form Common Room.  The £2.5 million development of the new Activity Centre was completed in December 2014 and, as well as providing an excellent new sports facility, will improve student movement around the site by joining the Dobson and St Mary’s buildings.  As a result of this investment, the students now have outstanding facilities.

In June 2007 Haydon was inspected by Ofsted and we are delighted to tell you that it was declared ‘Outstanding’ in every category.  Part of the reason for this success is that Haydon is a happy school where staff and students respect each other.  Ofsted noted ‘the particularly positive relationships between teachers and students ensure an excellent climate for learning’.  We had a Section 8 Inspection in May 2014 reviewing our work and Disadvantaged Students and the school has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ grade.

This is clearly borne out by our examination results.  In 2017 the Year 13 A-Level and BTEC National results were excellent: 53% of grades were at A* to B and 76% at A* to C.  This was a significant improvement on the 2016 results. The total number of students going on to University in September 2017 currently stands at 181 including 58 to Russell Group Universities, the most challenging to get into.  We have had almost identical figures in each of the last four years.  In Year 12 the results were also outstanding.  The A to B at 46% gives the students a good platform on which to build. 

At GCSE 76% of students achieved a good pass in English and mathematics and 70% of students gained 5 A* to C passes including English and mathematics.  24% of all entries were graded A or A* or 7, 8 or 9 and over 54% were graded A* to B or 6, 7, 8, or 9.  In mathematics, 79% of students achieved grades 4 to 9 and 58% 5 to 9 and in English 84% achieved grades 4 to 9 and 74% 5 to 9.

The school was awarded the Inclusion Mark in 2014.  In January 2015 we commissioned Kirkland Rowell to carry out a survey of parent attitudes towards the school.  The parents ‘gave a very good overall performance score of 78%’.  Many of the parents who commented said how happy and confident their children had been since starting at Haydon School.  A parent recently wrote to me about all three of her children and very kindly said ‘there could have been no other school in the borough (or the country) that could have done so much for my children or my family.’  We pride ourselves on being a large but caring school.

We are proud of our school and were delighted when inspectors declared that ‘student achievement is outstanding at all key stages’.  This is after all what we are here for and it is reassuring to have such a complete endorsement of our excellence from Ofsted.

Haydon School is a delightful place to learn.  There are always exciting opportunities being made available for the students.  We make a significant effort to provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  There are a large number of sports teams, opportunities to participate in school productions as well as music performances.  Each year there are over 100 school trips organised by staff.  In the last year these have included a World Challenge Expedition to Borneo, a ski trip to the USA, a cultural visit to China as well as a number of foreign exchange placements and a visit to the Christmas markets in Cologne.  We also have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh programme offering the programme at all levels.  This summer twenty three of our students completed their final assessment in Croatia.  There are over one hundred and fifty students taking the Duke of Edinburgh qualification in the school.  Perhaps the most satisfying comment made by Ofsted is ‘students leave the school as mature and confident young people, who are exceptionally well prepared for their future lives in education and the world of work’

Robert Jones BSc (Econ), MBA, NPQH

Head Teacher

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