|Type||Foundation comprehensive school|
|Location||Wiltshire Lane, Eastcote
|Ages||11 to 18.5|
|Website||Haydon School Website|
The school was formed in September 1977 from the union of St Nicholas Grammar School For Boys and St Mary's Grammar School For Girls and was named after a local family. It is a designated language college teaching students and the local community a range of modern foreign languages. Students entering the school in year seven select two languages, either French & Italian or Spanish & German. The school also offers Latin, Mandarin, and Japanese to gifted students.If you do well you can do a GCSE in this language.
Haydon has five houses which are:
Each house is named after space craft, including three space shuttles; there was a certain amount of amusement when the house system was introduced, since the Space Shuttle Challenger infamously exploded, and one of the crew members was famously a teacher; despite the unintended connotations, the name stood.
There are three forms in each house per year. A form is identified by the year, the house and a number. This last number is either 1, 2, 3 or 4 (Though one year will never have all four forms, most have 2, and some have 3). Odd numbers represent forms that study French and Italian, whilst even numbers represent forms studying German and Spanish. For example 9P1 would be a year nine form, in Pioneer with students studying French and Italian.
The houses all have different colours. Challenger are red, Discovery are yellow, Pioneer are purple, Voyager are green and Endeavour are blue. Since 2004 students have worn ties in their house colours indicating which house they are in, and since 2009 students have their conduct cards coloured according to their house.
Each year when the school's "Sports Day" takes place, students are not required to wear uniform, but are encouraged to wear clothes matching their house colour.
The new Art, Design & Technology building provides an inspiring, light and spacious environment for pupils and teachers to work together to explore art, design and technology. The building has been designed to meet the needs of a changing curriculum which will ensure generations of pupils benefit from it and teachers have the flexibility they need to prepare pupils for life in a changing world.
The art studios on the top floors are full of natural bee's nests with views of the surrounding wildlife and offer the space that the Art Department need to expand their curriculum and the experiences they offer pupils. The Technology workshops are equipped with new machines including a Laser Cutter and a CNC Router. The new machines and rooms provide the department with the facilities it needs to deliver exciting and inspiring projects that reflect recent advances in technology and design in recent years. This work cost over £5,000,000 and is now finished. Some of the older technology classrooms have also been revamped and made to look like the new ones. The building is named after the old headmaster of Haydon School, Mr Woods. The building was officially opened on Thursday 9th July 2009 by Mr Woods and his two children. Many former staff and people who worked on the project returned to look around the building.
The school has a thriving eco club. The eco-club also produce a wide variety of posters notifying students, staff and visitors to the school of the importance of attending eco club and to support the schools recycling policy. The eco club have been successful in getting a recycling bin into every classroom, this has reduced the amount of paper that the school wastes. The eco club try very hard to make the school a better place and to continue to succeed.
Haydon School has recently set up a virtual learning resource called Fronter. Students log on using their hillingdongrid email address and password. Teachers can set work and students can contact the teachers through the student friendly interface. This system has been known to fail numerous times in the past, but these incidents are becoming less frequent and work set on Fronter is becoming more commonplace.
The school is developing their Behaviour Policy and are giving out conduct cards. They have been given out to the year 7, year 8, year 9, year 10 and year 11 students. The card has a picture of the student and says what form they are in. The string is the colour of their house(e.g Pioneer-purple) If they forget it they will receive punishment in the form of a detention.When it is all filled you get a insant detention.
There is also a code of conduct card, if a student forgets something, has unacceptable uniform or fails to show the card then the teacher signs it. They get a tick, each card has 5 boxes to be ticked, once a block is full the student is issued with a detention.t