Since beginning at Hayes just over two years ago, I can honestly say that I have never worked with such enthusiastic colleagues and students. Hayes is uncompromising in its expectations and, as a result, students learn and achieve in a safe and encouraging environment. The policies and pastoral support in place at Hayes ensure that every child truly matters. What is perhaps more inspiring however is the fact that the students themselves show a willingness to learn and a desire to support each other. This level of respect and care is equally modelled by the staff at Hayes. I will never forget the card I received after accepting my post. Handwritten by the Headteacher, the card welcomed me to the school and encouraged me to visit and become familiar with my department before starting in September. It was this personal approach that meant I immediately felt part of a team, easing me into a new school environment.
Hayes School differs from other schools because of its relentless drive on developing its students beyond the classroom. Being a tutor at Hayes has meant that I have seen the variety of extra-curricular activities available to all. Whether it be trips abroad, music lessons, charity work or sports, every pupil at the school is given the chance to fulfil their potential and experience places they may not have without these opportunities. What’s more, I am genuinely astounded at the students’ desires to contribute to their school and their broader community. For example, the school’s mentoring initiative allows individuals to help their peers understand subjects in a way that is non-intrusive and relatable.
Beyond this, I have been most impressed with the personal development at Hayes. Teachers at Hayes are life-long learners: staff are passionate about their subject areas and are relentless in their pursuit of further training to better their own practice. This is a mentality that Hayes has helped to foster through its CPD programme, as well as through the school’s local and international links with educators. In the short time I have worked at Hayes, I have completed the ‘Outstanding Teacher Programme’ which has both benefitted my own teaching and my ability to lead others. I have also taken on greater responsibility in my own department as well as mentoring trainee teachers.
I am a far better teacher for having joined Hayes.