Hayesbrook Academy first opened in 1964 and has always been an all-boys school, its history before then, is closely linked to the old Sussex Road Boys School, where records go back to the early 1900s, meaning we have a strong tradition of education provision in Tonbridge. The modern day academy has always been an 11-18 comprehensive school with a mixed Sixth Form, serving the local community.

Since being the first school in West Kent to gain Academy status in 2010, the academy led the way in achieving excellent standards and in creating a multi-academy trust. Hayesbrook was graded ‘Excellent’ by Ofsted in 2005, 2008 and 2009. The academic success and high standards have continued and inspections in 2013,  2017  and most recently, in December 2022  found the school to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ behaviour and attitudes. ‘The schools’ small size ensures that all pupils are known, valued and nurtured…Behaviour and attitudes are exceptional.’(Ofsted, 2023)

Hayesbrook Academy joined Leigh Academies Trust in September 2021 which strengthened the academy’s ability to deliver the very best for its pupils. A new Principal and Senior Leadership Team have been in post since September 2022 to ensure that Leigh Academy Tonbridge will thrive when it formally opens to students in September 2023, as a co-educational academy.

Black and white photo of the Hayesbrook Academy building pictured in the 1960s.
Students and staff are pictured gathered in a kitchen area, as food is prepared to be served at the academy.
A batch of cupcakes and chocolate brownies are shown laid out on a table, after having just been removed from the oven.
A member of staff is pictured standing alongside a large model of a DNA structure spanning the entire length of the classroom.
Parents/carers are pictured watching a demonstration by a member of staff in a Science lab in the academy building, during an Open Day.
A batch of Cinnamon Buns are pictured laid out on a baking tray, after having just been removed from the oven.
Parents/carers are pictured visiting a display of some artwork created by students at an Open Day at the academy.
Army Cadets are pictured engaging with students outdoors on the academy grounds, whilst dressed in their Khaki uniforms.