• The Academy closes to students at 12.30 pm on Friday 17th December and reopens on Wednesday 5th January 2022. Wishing all of our students and their families a lovely festive holiday.

A message from the Principal

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Haywood Academy. I am immensely proud of this Academy and delighted to be its Principal. 

Haywood Academy has the strength, character and further potential to be a leading centre of education both nationally and globally.

As a father to three children and with twenty years experience working in education, I understand that a successful and happy school depends on partnership and I am looking forward to working closely with you so that your children go from strength to strength, to become well rounded, confident and successful young people. Education is the key to enriching lives and unlocking potential and every member of both the Haywood Academy and City College communities are entitled to the world class learning experiences that we create for them so that they can thrive. 

The reach of our curriculum from Years 7 to 13 aims to engender happy, confident and inspired young people who are prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st Century. Our wider curriculum offer covers a huge range of topics including current safeguarding concerns, fundamental British values and links to further education, careers, apprenticeships and local business. 

We also have a unique partnership with Cambridge and Oxford Universities, along with our local partners Keele and Staffordshire Universities, to help us deliver our ‘Excellence Academy’. This provides a traditional ‘Grammar School’ experience from Year 7, aimed at preparing students for a top university place in the future. Further to this, our developing International Scholarship Programme with links to schools in China, Singapore, Finland and the Middle East means that our children have the opportunities at their fingertips to be globally aware and globally connected citizens.

Your children deserve the very best opportunities in life; the staff at Haywood Academy and City College are committed to ensuring that our ARCH values of ‘Aspiration, Respect, Community and Hard work’ permeate your child’s experiences with us, so that they are well prepared to be the very best they can be. 

Haywood Academy is a popular first choice with parents year on year; if you would like to arrange a visit to see why, please contact the Academy reception on 01782 853535. 

Mike Dawes


Haywood Academy and City College


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  • Strong and trusting relationships consistently create a calm and purposeful working atmosphere.


  • Students have access to a wide range of exciting resources and learn specific skills through well-paced and sequenced activities.


  • Behaviour around the school is consistently orderly and students are polite and helpful.


  • Without a doubt, my time at Haywood firmly placed me on the path to Oxford.

    Jordan Williamson, Trinity College, Oxford