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
The year 13 Hospitality students have organised a ladies evening for the local community to get together. There will be a range of stalls including; beauty, alternative therapy, food, craft and fitness. Something for everyone to enjoy.
Congratulations to Daniel Michaels on being elected to the youth parliament. He will spend the rest of the year working on his campaign to improve the mental health services in Plymouth and work to reduce times young patients are on the waiting list. We are looking forward to hearing about Daniel’s progress.
Thank you all very much for your support during this year’s very successful UK Youth Parliament elections! A total of 4898 students voted, meaning a turnout of 27%. We were pleased again with our student support at Hele’s, we had around 550 students who voted.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to you to attend the Year 9 Subject Staff/Parents’ Evening, at which you will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with subject teachers.
As you may well be aware following the Parent Tutor Evening earlier in the year, we have introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with your child’s teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. Staff will be able to book appointments from Tuesday 2nd February, should they feel it imperative that they see you. This will be done in discussion with your son/daughter so please let them know when you are available to attend. The system will then be left open for you to book appointments from Monday 8th February and the booking system will close at midnight on Monday 22nd February.
A team of Sixth Form students has been awarded 3rd prize in a prestigious national competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Schools’ Analyst competition gave Olivia Jones, Joe Thomas and Sophie Whistler the chance to work with state of the art equipment at the Plymouth University laboratories, competing against teams from the whole of the South West. The 3 team-mates, who had been selected from a strong cohort of A-level Chemistry students, solved complex practical problems using advanced skills practised with their mentor Dr. Chris Hall. The experiments were particularly difficult this year, with a number of teams failing to finish. In fact, the Hele’s team completed the 4 hour challenge with 15 seconds to spare!
Principal Justine Mason congratulated the students on their outstanding achievement, commenting that their success reflects the increasingly high standard of Chemistry at Hele’s School.