I take great pleasure in welcoming you to Hele’s School! We are a school with a tradition of academic excellence, high aspirations and a big heart. A school that students and staff are proud to attend. A school where we never compromise our insistence that everyone is valued, learns, enjoys and achieves. Expectations for staff and students are high, but very simple; work hard both to do things right and to do the right thing…even when no one is looking!
Our mission is to support and challenge each individual, adult or child, to be the best they can be. We have a ‘no excuses’ philosophy based on growth mindset principles, which reinforces our belief that all of us can always improve, and that nothing is impossible. Quite simply, it isn’t about being ‘the best’ at something, but being better than we were yesterday or today. It is for this reason that recognising and celebrating endeavour, as well as achievement, is something we hold dear.
We work hard at providing an inclusive, calm, and purposeful learning environment, and aim to ensure all students have opportunities to enrich their learning, to discover new skills and interests, and to master others through providing a breadth of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to excite and engage young people, wherever their interests or aspirations may lie.
These are exciting times for our school as we journey towards, and beyond, excellence and we would be delighted if you were to choose to share that journey with us! With your help, we will build on the successes of Hele’s School to date and continue with our quest to not just meet, but to exceed, our aspiration to be a school that is beyond outstanding in every measure.
Please do take the time to explore our website to find out more about us, and don’t hesitate to contact us should you require any further information about our school. Better still, come and see us for yourself! We delight in showing people our school and rest assured that a very warm welcome awaits you. Visitors always comment on the purposeful, caring and happy ethos of the school, so what better way for you to find out more about our vision and values than to come and experience them first-hand?
We look forward to working with you in partnership in the future, and to welcoming you to Hele’s School.
A great place to learn. A great place to grow.
Inspiring teachers, aspiring learners
Bring out the best
for life, not school
We have been working with Future First since September 2016 to build an alumni community of former students. Many of these alumni have agreed to help the current generation of students by sharing their experiences both at Hele’s School and in the world beyond. On Monday 6th March, twelve Hele’s School alumni returned to the school to deliver a two-hour workshop for Year 13 students who are intending to go to university. The alumni kindly offered to share the benefit of a wealth of experience in subjects ranging from Mathematics to Media and from Sports Science to Chemical Engineering. The alumni included students who are currently at university and those who have left university and are now involved in a variety of professions. In addition, the event was attended by Gary Streeter MP, who gave the opening address, and was the subject of a report on BBC Spotlight. Year 13 students were really positive about the event and Head Girl, Darcy Heath, said: “It was really useful to hear the point-of-view of former students because their experiences are much more relatable. It gave us an insight into university life and left us feeling much better prepared for the journey ahead.”
Miss Mason, said, “We work hard to help prepare our students for life after school, whatever they may choose to move on to, and using our alumni in such a proactive and positive way to support raise aspiration and ease transition is an important part of this commitment. It makes me so proud to welcome back those who have flown the Hele’s nest, and hear of their wonderful achievements in all walks of life; it is genuinely thrilling to know that the Hele’s family have played an important part in securing the best life chances possible for our alumni, and that those young people in turn are prepared to give up their time to share their journey and inspire others with their message of aim high, dream big, work hard.”
Hele’s School students and staff spent a week in Germany over the Half Term break, forging new friendships with students from the Marienschule in Limburg an der Lahn, a beautiful town in Hesse, not too far from Frankfurt. Students from Years 10 and 11 who are studying GSCE German were hosted in German families and experienced first-hand what life is like for young people in Germany today. The first culture shock was a 7:30 start in school on our first day – for many, this meant leaving the house just after 6:30 to get the bus/ train into the town!! On the other hand the 1 o’clock finish was appreciated, and our students realised just how much homework can be done when you have the whole afternoon to do it. During the afternoons we spent time with families and many students got involved with sporting activities, musical events or learnt new board games to overcome any language barriers. As confidence grew students soon picked up new words and phrases and were delighted to show these off to accompanying staff.
Hele’s students visited Schloss Freudenberg in Wiesbaden, and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz with their partners and teachers, as well as numerous other local towns and attractions with their host families. Frankfurt, Marburg, Koblenz and Cologne were popular locations and a snowy start to the weekend gave an added frisson of excitement to the trip.
We look forward to welcoming our German partners back to Hele’s immediately after the Easter weekend, where they will experience life in a busy secondary school and no doubt enjoy some traditional family life. I know they are looking forward to seeing our beautiful city, and tasting fish and chips!
As a school, we are very excited to announce we have chosen to partner with Camps International to offer students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to go on a 4-week expedition to Peru in 2018.
This life-enhancing expedition will include living alongside rural communities, working on projects which could include helping to build classrooms, community centres, combat deforestation or protect wildlife. Students will also undertake an adventure element, which this year we have chosen to trek the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu.
Camps International will be launching the expedition to students this week and we will then be inviting all parents to attend a presentation evening where they will explain the expedition in detail and answer any questions you may have.
The Parents Presentation is: Wednesday 1st February at 18:30.