We have actively built our curriculum and school day around our knowledge of how children think and concentrate. Our lessons are 60 minutes long with double lessons for some practical subjects. It is our view that this is the optimum length to maintain focus and interest as demonstrated by our exam results.

All our students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on previous knowledge and experiences. Our aim is that each day our curriculum will motivate, extend, provide challenge and celebrate success whatever a student’s ability. We recognise that every child is special and through personal education planning we endeavour to find appropriate pathways for all.


Accelerated Reader is a reading programme that all members of Year 7 and 8 are involved in.  They all take a Star Reader Test which gives them a ZPD (zone of proximal development) and guides them towards books that are suitable for them.  Students will then chose an appropriate book and read for 25 minutes during the school day.  Once they have finished their book they take a quiz and receive merits and rewards for getting  85% or more of the questions correct.  Please use the link to log into your account and take a quiz or check your progress.




Accelerated Reader Website

At Hayle Academy, we share high expectations with all members of our learning community: students and staff, parents and carers. We know that effective teaching and learning is the key to unlocking our students’ abilities and potential and we support each other and strive to improve our daily practice. Hayle Academy is committed to ensuring that all our students achieve their full potential.  All lessons are designed with clear outcomes and strategies to engage students in learning and encourage independence and resilience.


Hayle Academy Curriculum Policy Dec 2019

At Hayle Academy, we take our responsibilities for enabling young people to move onto the next phase of their life very seriously. We encourage students to study a broad and balanced curriculum and to take examinations in all of their subjects.

All our students are expected and encouraged to follow examination courses appropriate to their future career plans and abilities.

We ensure a student’s progress is regularly monitored and parents receive copies of each review undertaken. If students are exceeding their Expected Outcomes we give praise, if students are not making Expected Progress then a range of intervention strategies are put in place to try to address any areas for improvement.


In addition to our formal curriculum, Hayle Academy offers a wide range of after school clubs, activities, team games etc., which we call Hayle Xtra and we also provide a formal GCSE Study Support programme for students in years 10 and 11.

The aim of our Hayle Xtra and the GCSE Study Support programme is to enrich, extend and enhance our students’ experiences of school life. Hayle Xtra includes courses that lead to qualifications, for example Duke of Edinburgh, First Aid, languages and dance and others that develop interests and hobbies such as drama and sports. The Learning Resource Centre (library) is open daily from 8:00 – 8:45am, 10:30 – 10:45am, 12:25 – 1:25pm and 3:15 – 4:15pm. The various clubs and activities may be seasonal, run for a short period or throughout the year. Full details can be found in our Hayle Xtra booklet.

GCSE Study Support offers specialist support in all subjects to enhance GCSE examination performance.  The majority of sessions are voluntary but where students are not meeting their achievable grades then students will be expected to attend.  Full details can be found in our GCSE Study Support booklet.

Hayle Xtra and GCSE Study Support is normally for one hour from 3:15 to 4:15 pm. A free bus service which leaves the school site at 4:15 pm every day ensures no student is prevented from staying on.

DOWNLOAD Hayle Xtra Activities Autumn 2019 – final at 02.10.19

Yr10 & 11 Study Support Sessions:

One of the aims of Hayle Academy is ‘to promote standards of excellence that enable all students to achieve their full potential’.  For our most able students we start from the premise of developing the confidence and ambition to aim high and consider university, music college, drama school, sport academies etc.

It is important that we learn of, or identify as soon as possible, the areas in which a student has greater ability. This may be academic (formerly gifted) or physical, creative or musical (formerly talented).  We will endeavour to ensure that students are offered appropriate and/or modified curriculum, opportunities to meet and work with like minded students, and time to attend specialist, and perhaps offsite, tutoring or training.

Every student is unique.

Please talk to us about how we might support your gifted or talented child.



All students at some point during their time here at Hayle Academy will receive music lessons and get the chance to use the fantastic facilities and equipment available in the Music and Drama Centre. Some students will, of course, go on to study music through to GCSE and for some it may only be a taster of music. We offer music tuition in partnership with the Cornwall Music Education Hub which entitles us to lessons at the reduced prices.

New this year – The preferred method of payment is via your School Gateway account.

Payment by cash is still acceptable and also by cheque (payable to ‘Truro and Penwith Academy Trust.’)

The following music tuition lessons are currently on offer to our students:


Woodwind Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone
Guitar Acoustic, Electric and Bass
Brass Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba
Drums inc. Percussion
Piano inc. Keyboard


For more details about the above or to find out more about music tuition and the music opportunities at Hayle Academy, please click on the links below.  Alternatively, you can speak to our Head of Music, Mr Glen Graham or email our Music Administrator: debbie.watson@hayleacademy.net.
NOTE: All students including those continuing on from this current academic year will need to complete and submit a new application form for the academic year 2019 – 2020

Hayle Academy has launched Show My Homework for students and is a simple online solution to keep abreast of homework set and deadlines.
The apps and notifications will make sure you always know what homework is set and the date it is due

Here are some user guides:

Parent guide


Parent overview – Parents-guide-to-show-my-homework

Below is a quick way to view your homework calendar

To log in to Show My Homework, please click on the logo below:

At Hayle Academy we aim to ensure that students with special educational needs and disabilities are given every opportunity to experience success, achievement and fulfilment in their work.  We aim to provide educational, emotional and technical support in a positive learning environment and ultimately provide an inclusive education for students.  We are committed to offering an education to ensure the best possible progress for all of our students whatever their needs or abilities.

Hayle Academy aims to meet the educational needs of students with SEN including those with Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  Hayle Academy’s SEN processes reflect the SEN Code of Practice 2015, where a graduated response to supporting the student’s needs is identified.  We may undertake early intervention in order to support students with any difficulties they may be experiencing; the aim is to support students to develop independence as they progress through the academy, helping them to prepare for their exams and life beyond Hayle Academy.

Our SEN team is led by our SENCO Mr James Woodward with teaching assistants who a specialist in Autism, dyslexia, hearing and sight, English, maths and science.  The SEN team are then supported within faculties with our SEN & Literacy Lead Teachers who act as advocates for our SEN students and lead teachers in SEN.

If you have any queries , questions or would like to discuss SEN at Hayle Academy, please contact our SENCO James Woodward (james.woodward@hayleacademy.net) or our SEN Administrator (vicky.roberts@hayleacademy.net)


Who are the SEN Team at Hayle Academy?

James Woodward SENCO

Vicky Roberts (SEN Administrator)

Anthea Thomas McLean (Autism Champion)

Henry Emmett

Kim Skidmore (English specialist)

Kara Bawden (Maths specialist)

Zeta Penrose (PE specialist)

Bev Spence (Science specialist)

Nathan Jenkins

Sandra Hart (SEN assessor)


Who are the Faculty SEN & Literacy Leads

Hollie Peters (Languages)

Nicola Scott (Maths)

Barry Lee Clark (Science)

Rebecca Wilson (Humanities)

Nathan Irons (PE)

Esther Hockley (Literacy Leader)


Based on your child’s needs, the following provision is available at Hayle Academy

  • Access to the Learning Zone (LZ)
  • Shared TA provision in classrooms
  • Literacy small group intervention
  • Numeracy small group intervention
  • Bespoke Maths and English programmes
  • Dyslexia friendly classrooms and resources
  • Support from our Autism Champions
  • Communication and interaction support
  • Anger management and anxiety support
  • Educational Psychologist, Autism Team, Early Support
  • Keyworker & Mentoring Support
  • Homework support
  • Dyslexia support

Useful documents:

Hayle Academy SEN Information Report Sept 2019

TPAT SEND Policy 2019

Download the SEN School Offer

Hayle Academy SEN Offer

Hayle Academy Accessibility Policy