The Hayfield School

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The Hayfield School
Established 1971
Type Academy
Religion Mixed
Headmistress Lisa Fox
Chair Graham Hartshorn
Location Hurst Lane
South Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°29′33″N 1°01′22″W / 53.49259°N 1.022694°W / 53.49259; -1.022694
DfE URN 136672 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff approx. 100
Students approx. 1100[1]
Gender mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Green and black

The Hayfield School is an academy in Auckley, Doncaster, in the county of South Yorkshire, England. As of 2010, it teaches around 1100 pupils of 11–18 years of age.[1] It has specialist statuses in Mathematics and Computing (gained in 2004) and also in Languages (gained in 2008). It is also a training school[1] and registered in 2010 to become an academy.[2]


The school opened in 1971, with Tony Storey OBE as headmaster. In 1990 school finances came under control of the governors and the school. Further independence was gained in 1995: Grant Maintained Status with the Governors becoming 'owners' of the site and buildings, and employers for all staff. Some of these authorities were lost in 1999 as the school became a foundation school.[3]

In 2008, Tony Storey, Britain's longest serving headmaster, retired after 37 years of service (for which he received an OBE) [4] and was succeeded by Sai Patel.[5] In March 2012 Patel was suspended by the school governors.[6] Maria Rock stood in as acting headmistress during Patel's absence.[7] In the summer term of 2012 it was announced to parents and students that Patel would not be returning to the Hayfield School, and on 29 October 2012 Rock was made headmistress. On 13 April 2015 Fox was made as headmistress as Rock retired in Easter.

The Hayfield School will close its sixth form in August 2017 due to changes in funding. NEW College, Pontefract will open NEW College, Doncaster on The Hayfield School site in a new building which expects to open in September 2017, accommodating 1200 sixth form students.[8]

School site[edit]

Construction of the original school building began in 1969[3] on a greenfield site in a rural suburban setting.[9] It is square-shaped but contains two courtyards. There is a field behind the building used by the school that is one kilometre in perimeter. Additionally there are floodlit AstroTurf (polymeric surfaced), and concrete courts owned by the school but managed by Hayfield Community Sports Centre. The facilities are utilised by both the school and the community of Auckley[10] A new block with specialised science classrooms was added to the school in 2003. On the 5th December 2013 the school had a malfunction as the roof of the main building was blown off due to high winds.


The school's curriculum includes a compulsory modern foreign language (primarily German or French), and optional triple science at GCSE level. General studies and critical thinking can be taken at AS level by pupils and a project was undertaken to offer students a critical thinking course before sixth form.[citation needed] In 2009 the school received a Grade 2 Ofsted rating.[1]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

In 2009 the school allocated one hour of the week's timetable to a compulsory extracurricular activity club of each student's choice. Some of these clubs involve sporting activities, involvement in school productions, or creative work.[citation needed]

The school's sports teams have had successes in athletics, hockey, rugby, cricket, basketball and netball.[citation needed]


Originally, the school's colours were brown and yellow. The school uniform was primarily brown until 2005; at this point, the uniform became primarily black. Striped ties signify the student's year group - a single year group keeps the same colour tie for the entirety of their time at the school. A re-branding occurred in 2009 in which the colours were changed to black and green along with a new logo and website. From September 2012 school blazers were an optional part of the uniform, previously only v-neck jumpers or cardigans being allowed. The Sixth form, until this time following the same uniform as the rest of the school, now wear formal business attire. From September 2013 the blazers were worn for only certain year groups.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Louis Tomlinson who is a current member of the British/Irish boy band One Direction

Richard Chatteris, formerly ambassador to North Korea.

Steven Judge, twice World Champion in Paratriathlon, at the 2011 ITU World Championship Series in Beijing [11] and the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series in Auckland,[12] competing in the TRI 3 category.


  1. ^ a b c d Ofsted report June 2009 Retrieved 18 December 2010
  2. ^ BBC Schools registering for academy data in excel Retrieved 19 December 2010
  3. ^ a b Hayfield School: about Retrieved 18 December 2010
  4. ^ Bayliss, Sarah (11 April 2008). "Britain's longest serving head retires". The Teaching Awards. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Bloom, Adi (14 March 2008). "Head who was happy to stay for 37 years". TES Connect. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Headteacher suspended". The Doncaster Free Press. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Headteacher still suspended". The Doncaster Free Press. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Barrand, Rochelle (21 October 2015). "Top Doncaster sixth form to close". The Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  9. ^ The Hayfield School Doncaster. Schoolsnet. Retrieved 19 December 2010
  10. ^ Hayfield Community Sports Centre at The Hayfield School Retrieved 19 December 2010
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