Dear Parents/ Carers

Welcome back to all our students and I hope they have enjoyed a restful break in the middle of a busy school term. I am writing to briefly introduce myself to you, as the interim Head of School for Hayle Academy. My name is Mr Daniel Mather and I have been a member of the senior leadership team at Penryn College since 2005. Previously to this role, I worked as a curriculum leader in Cornwall: as Head of English at Fowey Academy and Richard Lander School. I feel very fortunate and privileged to be leading Hayle Academy for the rest of this academic year. 

My first visit to the school was last week and my initial impressions were extremely positive. Already I have had first-hand experience of the wonderful environment at the school and the warmth and dedication of the staff. The students I met were a real credit to the school: they were articulate, polite and proud of their school community. I am convinced that many of the ingredients needed to ensure the success of our students and the school are in place and that with the continued support of Jan Woodhouse and TPAT, the school is strongly positioned to make rapid improvements. I know we are all dedicated to this aim. The support of parents and the community is at the heart of our improvement journey,  so please, if you have feedback for us or ideas that will help us help our children, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to working with you all and to meeting you over the coming weeks. 

Yours faithfully
Mr Dan Mather, Head of School

As I reflect on my time at Hayle Academy, I am delighted to say that the school is on a good journey. We have a talented team in school who work hard to support students in assisting them to fulfil their potential.

At our open evening last week there was no doubt that our mantra ‘Proud to be Hayle’ was evident from both staff and students, and that is how I feel. During my 3 years as Headteacher, and 4 years prior to that as Deputy, it has been an enjoyable time.

There have been exciting developments in many aspects of the school and continues to move forward positively, academically, in sporting achievements and within the performing arts. I am sure this journey will continue under Mr Mather. This newsletter continues to show the compassion, positive attitude and dedication of our students.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, staff, parents and the Governors for their support and friendship. It has been a great privilege to have had this opportunity. I wish you all the very best for the future and will be proud to see the school go from strength to strength.

Please find our October newsletter enjoy.

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Our latest End of Year magazine is available to read below and celebrates all the highs of the last academic year.

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On Thursday 10th of October, Hayle Academy held its annual Open Evening for Year 5 and 6 students. It was a busy time as it was held on the same day as our Year 6 Transition earlier in the day. It was a highly anticipated event and this year was one of the best yet. The atmosphere was extremely positive with lots of engagement from students and parents and overall, a great turnout!

The corridors were full of students and their families excited and ready to explore what Hayle Academy had to offer.  In the hall there was standing room only when the amazing Hayle Academy Choir opened the evening, followed by presentations from the Executive Head (Jan Woodhouse) and Head of School (Andrew Martin).

Both staff and students helping out were enthusiastic and happy to be able to show visitors all the engaging activities that had been prepared for each subject room.

There was a Maths disco with mocktails, exciting experiments in science, language games and cultural food tasting, dance track creation in music, a chance to get down in WW1 trenches, artworks galore and many practical activities in the DT departments with tasty bruschetta making, wood carving and laser-cut-keyrings.  Even the canteen was offering families hot evening meals alongside delicious cakes, biscuits and hot or cold drinks.

With so many passionate student volunteers from Year 11, Year 9 and Year 7, families received a lot of individual attention and insight about life at Hayle Academy.

One parent said, “It has been a fantastic evening and it was really great to see everything on offer, to join in with so many activities, and to ask lots of questions.”

Another said “I was impressed by all the staff’s caring approach when working with the students.”

Thank you to all the students, teachers, staff, Hayle Academy PTA, who all helped make this an event to be proud of and celebrated.


The following points will help your revision for History and Geography

Thank you for your recent support with #HelloYellow fundraising event.

This Friday 18 Breast Cancer Awareness ’Wear it Pink Day’ which is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK.

1000’s will wear it pink in their communities, schools or workplaces to raise awareness for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.
Students canto wear an item of pink clothing alongside their school uniform.
E.g. pink socks, pink tie, a pink badge etc.

Lessons will continue as normal see HERE for full info

This is the delicious new menu for Hayle Academy canteen. It will be starting after half term. Yum!

Hayle October Menu 2019

At Hayle Academy, we encourage our students to take an active role in their local community and pursue hobbies and interests outside of school. This term we want to celebrate the following Academy students:


In September while walking around St Ives, Mrs Tranter, Head of Creative Arts Faculty at Hayle Academy, heard what she thought was a live band playing in the entrance at the Tate gallery.  She approached to find a very talented drummer playing on his own as part of the St Ives September Festival.  “I realised after listening and watching for a while that it was Josh in Year 9 at Hayle Academy,   I was very impressed as Josh was also helping to raise donations for charity.  Well done Josh.”

Ellis plays cricket for St Just Youth who this month, became Under 11 County Champions, scoring 199 runs, defeating Lanhydrock in the final. Ellis was 25 not out, had a wicket and took a catch. Very well done!

Last month, Victor in Year 11, learned to shoot a rifle similar to those used by the British army, for the first time.  This month he’s become the best shot in the whole South West England.

After 2 gruelling days, competing at the Annual Regional Competition between Cornwall Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire, we asked about his experience:
“On the first  day I was a little worried as I didn’t know how good the competition was going to be.  But once I started shooting, it was clear to see that the other teams had not practised as much as they should have”.

Cornwall’s A, B and C team came 1st 2nd and 3rd on both days and were overall Champions with A,B, and C teams coming 1st 2nd & 3rd.

The next fixture will be a national competition in the October half term, involving cadet teams across, Air, Sea, Marine and Army. Good Luck Victor.


After competing in rowing trials held in Fowey, against tough competition from across Cornwall, Morgan has been picked to row for the Cornwall under 15s team in the pilot Gig county championships. Morgan will be representing both Hayle Pilot Gig Club and Hayle Academy in the County squad in a competition held on 12th of October. We are crossing everything for you.

Alongside rowing, Morgan also took part in a Brass band competition as part of Lanner Brass Academy, with fellow students William Year 9, and Lowenna, Year 7 as part of the Lanner Brass Academy.

Three very talented Hayle Academy students took part in a brass band competition last weekend Morgan Year 9 William Year 9 and Lowenna Year 7 as part of Lanner Brass Academy.

The competition, held in Exmouth, had 12 bands competing. They not only won their section but won the most entertaining band of the day for both their performance inside the pavilions and one for outside in the gardens.

Lowenna played a horn solo and Morgan was part of a cornet fanfare and also played a glockenspiel solo with Lowenna and William playing Djembe drums in the finale.

Well done to all our students, and we are really PROUD of you and your achievements.



Study skills and revision aids are a vital part of the preparation for the summer public exams. This support will help our students perform at their very best when it really matters.

We wish to invite you to attend an important Year 11 Supporting Success evening for students and their parents/carers, taking place on Thursday, 3rd October from 6pm until 7.30 pm.  At a critical time, this will be an invaluable opportunity for you to informally discuss your child’s progress and consider ways you can help your child to revise for their GCSE exams, with a particular focus on maths, English, science, and humanities. The evening will include subject-based workshops led by our Heads of Faculty.

In addition, we appreciate that during the exam periods, some Year 11s find revision emotionally and practically challenging. With this in mind, we are fortunate to have been able to engage a speaker, Dr Martijn van der Spoel, to talk to parents about supporting effective learning on the same evening. Dr. van der Spoel is a chartered psychologist, who specialises in using the mind as an effective tool for life learning. He will work with students throughout the day about how they can learn to balance focus, motivation and study behaviour and then in the evening he will talk about ways in which parents can guide and support this through creative and constructive guidance. The presentation has a significant, but accessible, emphasis on the psychology behind the strategies of learning. Both students and parents should leave the sessions not only with the “how” but also with the “why” of effective learning.

At the evening you will be provided with:

  • Practical advice and guidance on how to support your child as the GCSE exams fast approach.
  • A personalised revision pack of materials, resources and homework revision tasks to take away to support revision at home.
  • Information on how to use our revision apps.
  • An overview of what after-school support sessions are available per subject.
  • Opportunities for you to ask questions and to look at the expectations of the exams by reviewing past papers.

You have the opportunity to book onto the revision workshops applicable to your son/daughter via our online booking system. Each workshop will last for approximately twenty minutes and will be delivered a number of times throughout the evening.

Workshops in advance and the booking system will remain open until midday on Thursday 3rd October.

Please visit to book your workshops or there is a link from the school website Login with the following information: Student’s First Name, Student’s Surname: Date of Birth

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office who will be happy to book workshops on your behalf. Alternatively, your son/daughter will be able to make appointments with Mrs Lock.

We look forward to seeing you at this highly beneficial revision support evening so that we can continue to work together to help to ensure the best possible results for your son/ daughter in the forthcoming GCSE exams.