Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together

Our School


Hayesdown is a ‘first’ school that currently has 300 children on roll from the ages of four to nine. The school was built in 1973 and is situated amongst residential housing on the outskirts of the town of Frome. In 2010 significant renovation took place to provide us with an outstanding building that affords well-designed, attractive and spacious accommodation for learning.

In September 2017, driven by parent preference, the school expanded from nine to ten single year group classes. As well as ten classrooms we have a hall, well stocked and attractive library, large staff room and a separate building – The Haven – that is used for many activities including a breakfast club, lunchtime club, after school provision “The HUB”,  and a Nurture Group that runs in the afternoons. Our Nurture Group (Sunflowers) is highly regarded; its work has been recognised by the National Quality Mark for Nurture.


The school also boasts superb outdoor facilities. We have a large playground, extensive sport field, raised vegetable beds that thrive under the children’s care, a Peace Garden, an environment area with a pond and an outdoor learning area for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In September 2023 we opened our Forest School on the school site, with a dedicated area for outdoor learning, including a fire pit, woodland space, fruits trees, shelter, mud kitchens and growing area. Our outdoor spaces make an important contribution to teaching and learning and are maintained by community volunteers and staff who are keen to provide children with opportunities to learn outdoors. We have an enthusiastic Eco Committee that has supported us to earn  the coveted Eco Schools Green Flag Award.


In September 2013 Hayesdown First School became an academy within The Partnership Trust. We work closely with other schools in the Trust, sharing expertise and approaches to curriculum excellence as well as central services that contribute to the smooth and efficient running of the school. Hayesdown is also a member of the Frome Learning Partnership where staff and children from 17 schools located in and around Frome participate in joint activities and developments that enhance children’s learning experiences.


Most Recent Ofsted Rating – Good (Dec 2018)

Hayesdown was recognised as a ‘good’ school by Ofsted in December 2018. There is a strong team spirit amongst staff and governors who welcome and embrace professional development and are keen to move the school ever closer to an ‘outstanding’ education organisation. The children are welcoming, parents/carers are extremely supportive and staff and governors are positive and upbeat.

Hayesdown First School Ofsted report 2018

Culture & Ethos of Hayesdown First School

04353293_pThe school’s ethos and culture serve to celebrate difference and diversity and create a climate in which everyone knows themselves to be valued for their distinct and individual skills, attributes and resources. Ofsted inspectors (2012, 2015 and 2018) identified the fact that the values, beliefs and attitudes the school promotes, ensure that all pupils are included, well looked after and develop important personal skills.

Through our curriculum we aim to engender a sense of community and belonging and to offer new and exciting opportunities to all learners. Staff and governors have adopted the following vision for the school:



Our School Values 

Our school values were developed by staff, children, parents and governors to underpin this vision. Children have a clear understanding of what they mean and they are reflected in everything we do at Hayesdown First School. Not only are they highly visible through displays, but they are also shared and celebrated during lessons, assemblies and in our school newsletter.

RESPONSIBLE – Take care of myself, others and the world.

ENTHUSIASTIC – Join in, give things a go!

AMBITIOUS – Aim high, work hard.

CONFIDENT – Be bold, believe in myself.

HAPPY & HEALTHY  – Make friends, enjoy school, be active.


Hayesdown First School will work with children to enable them to:

  • Develop an enquiring mind
  • Become confident and motivated learners
  • Have high esteem, respect for themselves, others and the environment
  • Be able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Achieve high standards in all curriculum areas
  • Be confident to express their individuality
  • Develop in mind, body and spirit


Mission for the School
Every child will achieve, by having access to:04353268_p

  • A broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum that motivates and inspires
  • An ethos in which to develop co-operation, communication and self-discipline
  • A caring, creative and stimulating environment
  • A home / school / community partnership
  • A variety of teaching styles and learning opportunities
  • A positive environment that has equality of opportunity at its core.