Hayesfield Girls' School

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Hayesfield Girls' School
Bath Technical School Brougham Hayes.jpg
Lower school
Hayesfield Girls' School, 2011 upper school entrance.jpg
Upper school entrance
Motto Achieving Ambitions
Established 1973
Type Academy
Headteacher Emma Yates (previously Deputy Head of Backwell School)
Chair of Governors Colin McInnes
Specialism Technology College
Location Upper Oldfield Park and Brougham Hayes
Bath
Somerset
BA2 3LA (upper)
BA2 3QU (lower)

England Coordinates: 51°22′36″N 2°22′17″W / 51.3766°N 2.3715°W / 51.3766; -2.3715
DfE URN 136966 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,133[1] as of January 2012
Gender Female with a co-educational sixth form
Ages 11–18
Former name Hayesfield School Technology College
Website www.hayesfield.com

Hayesfield Girls' School is an all-girls secondary school with a co-educational sixth form located in Bath, England. In August 2011, the school became an academy. The school operates from two main sites, about a seven-minute walk apart. The campus at Brougham Hayes accommodates STEM subjects such as Science, Technology and Maths, and the Upper Oldfield Park campus hosts the Performing Arts, English and Sports faculties.[2]

History[edit]

The first school to occupy the upper school site was Bath City Secondary School for Girls in 1922. This school had previously operated in the Guildhall alongside the boys' Bath City Secondary School (which ultimately became Beechen Cliff School). After World War II the school became a girls grammar school, enlarged with a pair of Edwardian villas at 39 and 41 Upper Oldfield Park. Later development included a technology block in 1957, a modular dining hall building, and modular classrooms in 1973.[2]

The lower school site was originally known as the Somerset Industrial School for Boys in 1832.[3] It was founded to accommodate 180 boys at Brougham Hayes on the Lower Bristol road, it had originally been built as a Barracks. It became a Domestic Science College in 1934, (formerly part of Bath Technical College). It was then occupied by the City of Bath Technical School for boys.[2] West Twerton Secondary Modern School occupied the site after World War II.[2]

Hayesfield School was formed in 1973 when the City of Bath reorganised secondary education by merging grammar schools and secondary modern schools to form comprehensive schools.[2] West Twerton Secondary Modern School and City of Bath Girl's Grammar School were merged to form Hayesfield School.

The school was renamed Hayesfield School Technology College when it obtained Technology College status in 1979, but renamed again in 2009 becoming Hayesfield Girls' School.

In 2010 the school began construction of a new building designed by architects AWW, at the upper school site that houses a sports hall, theatre, restaurant, fitness room, music classrooms, music practice rooms and an open learning centre. The work cost £10 million,[4] funded by the sale of the school’s playing fields in Odd Down for a new supermarket. The extension, called the Hayesfield Performing Arts and Sports Centre, opened in early 2011.[5]

The school is a foundation member of the Bath Education Trust, an alliance of Hayesfield Girls' School, Beechen Cliff School, City of Bath College, the University of Bath and the local business Rotork. The aim of the Trust to provide opportunities for cooperation with shared resources and staff across the sites and to provide a link to business for the students and staff.

Academics[edit]

The school has specialist Technology College and Foundation school status. The school has 1,133 pupils as of January 2012, and operates on two major sites less than half a mile apart. The Lower School (years 7 to 9) is situated at Brougham Hayes, Lower Oldfield Park, while the Upper School resides in Upper Oldfield Park.

Many out of hours clubs are provided for the girls to broaden the curriculum, including choirs, a wind band and a big band. Sporting opportunities are numerous with cricket, rounders, netball, tennis being several examples. Activities also include such miscellaneous subjects such as drama, dance, astronomy, engineering and their own student newspaper production.

The school offers the Bath Education Trust Award, which is a combination of academic study, work experience and leisure interests, which helps to develop the broad range of skills and competencies that employers seek. The BET Award is a certificated programme of transferable skills training and practical learning.

Sixth Form[edit]

Hayesfield has a co-educational sixth form, situated across the road from the 'upper school' in a large house. The old Technology block in the Upper Oldfield Park campus is being converted during 2014 to become the East Wing, a specialist Sixth Form Centre.

Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hayesfield Girls School". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Dan Washington (February 2009), Conservation Area Character Assessment Hayesfield School, GL Hearn, retrieved 21 February 2010 
  3. ^ "Somerset Industrial School, Lower Bristol Road 1832". Central Library Collection. Bath in Time. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Education : Hayesfield Girls’ School". Case Study. Atkins Walters & Webster. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Amy Williams goes back to school to open Hayesfield sports centre". Bath Chronicle. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Amy Williams wins historic gold medal at Winter Olympics". Bath Chronicle. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Shrubsole savours 'amazing' World Cup experience". Bath Chronicle. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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