Year 6 Open Day 2021

Saturday, 2nd October, 2021 

Now that this event has passed, we want to thank all of our prospective families who were able to make it to our Open Day and we hope that we were able to show you the best of our community. Our Governors, staff and students extended a warm welcome to all of our prospective families seeking school entry into the academic year 2022/23. 

You may find it useful to view our Open Day ticket, as this contains links to information pertaining to our Year 7 curriculum and the journey that your child will take when they become part of our community. 

Tickets are required for the speech and are available at the entrance to the Tour. In addition, we kindly request that visitors wear face coverings and observe the parking restrictions that are in place in local roads.

How many places are there in Year 7?

The admission number (PAN) for Year 7 entry in 2021/2022 is 240 students. Our School’s Admission Policy is available on our website – Click here.

What is the catchment area?

There is no pre-determined catchment area. For Year 7 entry in 2020 offers based on proximity reached 1.02 miles. For all admissions information click here

How many Tutor groups are there?

There are eight tutor groups in each year. The tutor provides academic and pastoral support throughout your child’s time at the school.

How many subjects are studied in Year 7?

Students study 17 subjects. For an overview of the subjects studied at KS3, please view our Prospectus.

Which languages do you teach?

All Year 7 students study French and either German, or Spanish. A range of extra-curricular language clubs, trips and visits take place and all three languages are available at GCSE and A-Level.

How are literacy and numeracy skills developed?

We actively encourage reading through our weekly reading lessons for Years 7-8 and our ‘Classic Reading’ programme for Years 7-10. Our students can also access a virtual library, VLeBooks, enabling them to borrow eBooks and read them on any device. Students’ literacy and numeracy is developed across the curriculum. Students are given access to academic texts and are explicitly taught both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary expression to support both their reading skill and written expression.

How are Year 7 classes grouped?

Currently, our Year 7 classes are taught in mixed attainment groups and our teachers differentiate to ensure that all students are stretched and challenged. Through effective feedback and assessment, we ensure that lessons are planned effectively and incorporate a level of 'desirable difficulty' and inclusion. Our approach enables all students to achieve a mastery of the skills and knowledge required to thrive within every subject. Our previous work as a National Teaching School and now, the host for the Bromley School Collegiate, ensures that we keep abreast of the latest pedagogical research and are able to support the development of our own teaching staff, all of which ensures that your child has access to consistently high quality teaching.

How much homework do Year 7 students receive?

Home learning is seen as an important aspect of the learning process involving parents/carers, teachers and students in a partnership aimed at raising standards of achievement and maximising educational opportunity. Home learning is always set online using the Satchel One App (previously ShowMyHomework). Year 7 students should spend approximately 30 minutes per subject per week. Parents also receive a log in so that they can see the work being set and monitor completion rates.

Do you offer any student enrichment programmes?

We run an extensive enrichment scheme, which holds approximately 150 extra-curricular clubs, courses and events each year. In addition, students can apply for and hold leadership positions within their year group and the wider student body. Click here to look at our enrichment programme.

What was the outcome of your last Ofsted inspection?

Our last OFSTED report was in June 2013, during which the school was judged outstanding in all areas. The full OFSTED report is available – click here.

What the school's GCSE and A-level results last year?

Examinations were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 and school performance tables suspended. We therefore continue to publish the 2019 results in our prospectus - available here. Hayes School students outperform national and local averages year on year.

How are students with special educational needs supported?

We work hard to support all of our students to be happy and to achieve their potential, including those with additional needs. There are many ‘reasonable adjustments’ that can be made to help children with barriers to learning. This might include: using dyslexia-friendly fonts and slide backgrounds; providing coloured overlays and exercise books; worksheets with enlarged fonts; multi-sensory teaching; prompting; use of checklists and providing a greater degree of scaffolding to support learning.

Hayes follows the graduated approach, in line with the SEN Code of Practice (2015). This advises that the vast majority of students will be able to make good progress and achieve their potential through ‘high quality teaching’. All teachers at Hayes are trained to differentiate their teaching and to use strategies to support the learning of all students, including those with additional needs.

Where students are unable to access the curriculum and progress in line with their peers, they may need a little extra help. We liaise with primary schools, and screen students in Year 7, to establish which students will be in need of additional support. This may take the form of reading, spelling or numeracy intervention.

How do you support students' emotional health and well-being?

The emotional health and wellbeing of students is a crucial part of a role as a school, and therefore we dedicate specific curriculum time to their wellbeing within our Personal Development programme, which includes our ACTIVE lessons alongside the tutor time and assembly rota. We aim to provide students with the skills to develop their emotional resilience and recognise when they may need extra support with this. We also have a team of trained Mental Health Fist Aiders within the school. Alongside this, we have a dedicated safe space, the Wellbeing Hub, for students who have been recognised as needing support with managing any barriers in place which may be preventing them from accessing their full education. Further to all of this, we also make contact with your child’s Primary teachers, so that we are in the very best position to support your child’s transition into Hayes School.

How are students with medical conditions supported by the school?

As outlined in our Supporting Students with Medical Conditions Policy, we ask all parents and carers to inform the school of their child’s medical condition and update us on any changes via our Individual Healthcare Plan. This information is then shared with the key members of staff who are working with your child so that they are aware. We work with parents and students to ensure that they remain as independent as possible in managing their medical needs during their time at Hayes.

How do you deal with incidents of bullying?

Bullying will not be tolerated at Hayes School. Reports of bullying will always be investigated. We offer a proactive, sympathetic and supportive response to students who are the victims of bullying. We will respond to incidents of bullying behaviour in a proportionate way in accordance with our Anti Bullying Policy.

How can I find out about uniform, equipment and other information?

For this sort of information and more, please see our current ‘Parent Handbook’ (For 2021 entry). This is an excellent resource and is updated each year to reflect any changes.