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The Hayes is proud of its many awards - School Games Gold, Artsmark Silver, Music Mark, Primary Science Quality Mark, Healthy Schools Gold, Healthy Schools London Bronze, International School Award, Basic Skills Quality Mark (10 year award), STARS (sustainable travel) Silver, Bronze Rights Committed (Rights Respecting Schools Award) and the Inclusion Quality Mark. This reflects the school’s ambition to ensure a rich and balanced curriculum and sustain best practice in every aspect of its provision.


Primary Science Quality Mark Award Silver

The Hayes has held the PSQM since 2018 and we are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the accolade again. The Primary Science Quality Mark celebrates a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning and enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It enables confident, knowledgeable, reflective leadership which results in an improvement in which science is planned and taught across our school and encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning at The Hayes is very high and there was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The coronavirus pandemic and climate change crisis have made everyone aware of the importance of science in our world. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us and our planet healthy and safe and The Hayes has demonstrated a significant commitment to science and teaching and learning. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is the only national award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. Schools achieve a PSQM award through a year-long process of initial audit, followed by action and reflection. For more information please visit:


STARS Gold Award

The Hayes Primary School was awarded the STARS Gold accreditation (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe). This is the first time we have been awarded the Gold award having been Silver for many years. STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries and inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. STARS supports pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality. TfL's STARS accreditation scheme inspires young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, wellbeing and the environment.

We encourage every child to swap car journeys for active travel.  The average journey to school is less than one kilometre, that's around a 10-minute walk. However, many of these journeys are made by cars leading to congestion and an unsafe and polluted environment for us all.
The Hayes is committed to sustainable travel and we have junior travel ambassadors from Year 5 to drive this commitment throughout our school.

Gold Sports Mark

Our commitment to providing children with high quality competition access and pupils involved in leadership activities  was recognised with the School Games National Gold Award after external validation at the end of summer 2019. This has been sustained two years later by being awarded Gold again in July 2022, for continuing to give passionate and talented children the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, but also for the physical activity, mental and physical wellbeing activities and opportunities we have provided each of the children across the school. The Gold Award is the highest of those given out by National School Games and is for a school’s contribution and commitment in providing physical activity opportunities for all. We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, whether this be running the daily mile, taking part in iMoves or Funky Fridays, playing table tennis at lunchtime, competing during sports day or during a football or netball match. A special thanks to our school sport leaders of 2021/22: Mrs Moll, Mrs Gourlay and Miss Hale because this would not be possible without their support.






Basic Skills Quality Mark 

The Basic Skills Primary Quality Mark Award has been awarded to The Hayes for the eleventh time. It promotes, supports and celebrates progress and improvements in English and Mathematics. Without these ‘basic skills’ of good communication, literacy and mathematical skills, individuals are disadvantaged throughout their lives – as learners, in the workplace and as parents, consumers and citizens and so they form the ‘bedrock’ of a good education.

To achieve a Quality Mark schools, The Hayes had to undergo an assessment, carried out by an external accredited assessor, against the 10 ‘Elements’ of the Quality Mark framework. These covered key aspects of the school’s improvement agenda, including the identification and analysis of the school’s needs; strategic planning; target setting for improvement; intervention and support for pupils under-achieving or under-attaining; provision of quality in both teaching and in resources; staff development; and active engagement with families. Effective monitoring and evaluation are also required - particularly to achieve renewal when continuing development by the school and evidence of impact of actions must be demonstrated.


Healthy Schools Gold


The Hayes is now a Healthy Schools Gold school- the highest award and the first time for our school. Having achieved the Healthy Schools Bronze and Silver awards, Gold was awarded because we have progressively built on policies and practice over a period of time and enabled a sustained commitment to the health and wellbeing of our pupils.

In addition to holding the Silver Award, we had to show how we have engaged the wider community, and supported others to help children maintain a healthy weight, healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. In the next few weeks, we will receive a letter of congratulations from Deputy Mayor, Joanne McCartney and a certificate. We also have a new Healthy Schools logo to add to our growing list of awards on our letterhead. That just leaves us to say a massive thank you to our children who played a large part in achieving Gold and our Healthy Schools team, led fantastically by Mrs Shaikh.



Healthy Schools London Bronze

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Healthy Schools London Bronze Award.

'Congratulations for your outstanding contribution to improve wellbeing in your school'.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

'We would like to congratulate you on supporting the health and wellbeing of your school community and for creating a health promoting environment and ethos for your pupils and staff. It goes without saying that the Mayor is hugely grateful to those Londoners like yourselves who are working tirelessly to support London’s families and key workers. Stay safe and well and very best wishes,

Charlotte Kedge, Gemma Rodgers, Alison Stafford

Healthy Schools London Health Team


Music Mark

The Hayes has recently been awarded the Music Mark award for our high-quality music education and dedication to offering a broad and balanced curriculum. Please read below a letter from Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of Music Mark.

'Congratulations on becoming a  Music Mark School! We would firstly like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education with social outcomes for all children. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated. You have been nominated by Croydon Music and Arts who have recognised the value that you place on music and requested that you become a Music Mark Award school and member'. 

Our thanks for all that you are doing and will continue to do to support our collective vision.

Yours Sincerely,

Bridget Whyte


Silver Arts Mark

We are proud to have been awarded Artsmark Silver. A prestigious award, presented to us because we have a strength in the Arts and incorporate art and culture into each child’s life and learning. To achieve this, we had to prove our ongoing commitment to arts and cultural education, and the opportunities we provide across our setting, ensuring that our children are offered equal opportunity to participate in a broad range of arts and cultural experiences.

The assessor wrote the following: ‘The Hayes Primary School has a strong music offer including leading the CSMA Junior Choir Festival and a focused values-led approach. You have clearly demonstrated that a senior leader drives and develops provision across all phases; that you have clear schemes of work and programmes of study to show an increase of knowledge, skills and understanding for arts and cultural subjects; and that you are working in partnership with other settings, sharing resources and good practice. Congratulations on your Artsmark Silver Award!’


Healthy Schools Silver Award

In September 2018, The Hayes Primary School was awarded the Healthy Schools Silver Award. This is the first time we have been awarded this accolade, having been given the Bronze Award for many years. We are very proud!

We have been recognised for our achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils. In addition to holding the Bronze Award, we undertook an analysis of pupils’ needs, and identified new actions that have helped pupils achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing.


Inclusion Quality Mark Award

In April 2018, The Hayes Primary School was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Award. Ofsted defines an educationally inclusive school as one in which the teaching and learning; achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matter. The Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide and recognise their inclusion journey. The IQM report can be seen below, here are a few quotes from this document:

'The school’s values permeate the life of the school and the SLT lead by positive and enthusiastic example. In short, a forward-thinking Leadership team who are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all pupils leads this school'
'Teachers and support staff work closely together planning carefully to meet pupils’ individual needs. All the staff I spoke to during my visit were positive, energetic and fully committed to the pupils and to the school. They share a common, inclusive vision and they feel they have excellent support to enable them to do their work. The school ethos ‘be the best you can be’ applies to everybody in this school community'.

'All staff are involved in supporting the pupils and have the drive to improve their own practice to benefit the children. Lessons are well planned, interesting and challenging with many imaginative and exciting activities planned for pupils. Features of lessons include active learning, good modelling by all staff and assessment for learning strategies'.

'Professionals work closely together to ensure focused and specific targets are set to meet each child’s developmental and educational needs. A combination of robust teaching and learning strategies, strong inclusive values, a thorough tracking system and excellent behaviour systems, support the progress of all pupils including those from low starting points, pupil premium and MAT pupils'.

'Pupil voice is valued. Children have roles and responsibilities within the school including being mediators, playground buddies, lunch time helpers, on the school council and much more. The children love being involved as young leaders and relish the opportunity to do more'.

'Without exception between the staff, parents, governors and pupils I spoke to during my visit, I felt a genuine sense of mutual respect and collaboration. Listening, discussing and including everyone. THPS is an inclusive school where all children are valued and where adults work hard to ensure no child is left behind'.

'Exceptional features of this school include the inspirational leadership of the Head teacher and senior leaders in motivating, developing and supporting all staff and pupils within a framework of caring for and valuing everyone. The collaborative support of the Parent Forum, particularly its efforts to secure additional funding and the drive and commitment from the Governing Body to move THPS forward and to ensure that the entire school community is ‘the best it can be.’

'In my opinion THPS fully meets the standard required by the Inclusion Quality Mark. I recommend that the school be awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark’s Inclusive School Award. I also recommend that the school consider applying for Centre of Excellence status'.

Bronze: Rights Committed- Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)

Congratulations to all the young people and adults concerned at The Hayes Primary School on achieving Bronze - Right Committed

Frances Bestley, Programme Director , Rights Respecting Schools Award


Achieving the Bronze: Rights Committed means there is evidence that:

  • We have introduced the RRSA Three Strands into our school community
  • Our school’s senior leadership team (SLT) understands what is involved in the Award and is committed to embarking on the Unicef UK rights respecting journey
  • The right foundations are in place for our school’s journey to the second stage of the Award, Silver: Rights Aware


There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. The difference that a Rights Respecting School makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community.


Children are healthier and happier

By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.


Children feel safe

The Rights Respecting Schools Award gives children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children. Children and young people are empowered to access information that enables them to make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing.


Children have better relationships

Both with their teachers and their peers, based on mutual respect and the value of everyone’s opinion. In a Rights Respecting school children are treated as equals by their fellow pupils and by the adults in the school.  Children and young people are involved in how the Award is implement in the school but are also involved in strategic decision-making; in decisions about their learning; and in views about their well-being.


Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world

This builds their confidence to make informed decisions. They have a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime, as they grow into engaged, responsible members of society. Children and adults develop an ethos and language of rights and respect around the school. Rights and principles of the Convention are used to put moral situations into perspective and consider rights-respecting solutions – this all has a huge impact on relationships and well-being. Children and young people get very involved in raising awareness about social justice issues, both at home and abroad. They become ambassadors for rights and take part in campaigns and activities to help to bring about change.


"Since becoming rights respecting our children feel happier, safe and confident and are ready to learn"