Welcome to our school. Hele’s is a calm place where individuals flourish because of our high expectations for learning and behaviour. All within our community understand that success stems from setting our sights high.
We are a learning community where all of us want to improve – from the youngest pupils to the most experienced member of staff. We are not afraid to try new approaches, to attempt the hardest tasks, nor are we worried about sometimes facing setbacks – every coach knows that when we say ‘We can’t do it…’ we should be adding ‘…yet!’ The recent Olympics have reminded us that to be outstanding requires constant effort, fine tuning and determination to be the best we can be. The Paralympics show us that barriers to achievement can be challenged and overcome with a positive mental attitude and inspiring teaching.
Teachers are professionals who are constantly reviewing their own performance, rebuilding lessons taught each time they are revisited with new ideas to match the learners’ needs, and to stimulate and challenge them to scale even greater heights. One pupil recently summed it up beautifully; she described the best lessons as not following lines, but being ‘squiggly’ with interest and enjoyment.
Similarly, we expect our learners to be aspirational for themselves, and to show enthusiasm for learning, and originality and creativity in their work, making every effort to ensure that others learn and thrive in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. We expect lessons to proceed without interruption because we have systematic, consistently applied approaches to behaviour management, and we expect our learners to play their part.
Visitors frequently comment on the calmness of the school. It is a safe and caring place, and we are proud of our students who show high levels of social responsibility, helping others around them, and contributing to the community and world around them. Courtesy, collaboration and co-operation are the hallmarks of our community.
Mr A. Birkett, Principal
Inspiring teachers, aspiring learners
Bring out the best
for life, not school
For the past few weeks election fever has gripped Hele’s School Sixth Form as we have prepared for our mock elections which took place on the Seventh of May.
Parties were announced before Easter, with Ed Knight standing for the Labour party, Sam Harris standing for the Conservative party, and Richard Marshall standing for an independent British Worker’s Party.
A live debate was held on the 30th of April, with heated discussion of immigration, defence, education and media bias. Richard Marshall came out on top, but the three parties had all to play for in the run up to the election, as posters and party propaganda filled notice boards across the school.
The election has engaged students across the sixth form, with a huge audience at the debate, and a high voter turnout in the early hours of Friday morning, as teachers manned polling booths while the party leaders made last ditch attempts to influence voters. A Conservative win was declared early Friday morning, mirroring the real election results, but there were only three or four votes between all of the parties, showing all their hard work.
These mock elections have been a great way to get students involved in politics, even those unable to vote in the general election, and have been a lot of fun to be a part of as an election journalist. As Bill Moyers’ claimed “The quality of democracy and the quality of journalism are deeply entwined.”
The U12 Futsal team travelled to Paignton for the County finals having won the Plymouth stage of the competition. Although they competed well, they finished fourth overall with 1 win, 3 draws and 1 defeat in their 5 games. Their appearance at the finals helps us to maintain our very good Futsal reputation.
This is a quality assurance kitemark awarded by Careers South West for excellence in Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) provision. The award generally spans a 3 year period, and Hele’s is due for reassessment imminently. We are very confident that we will attain the kitemark for the third time in a row, since CEIAG continues to go from strength to strength and remains at the heart of the broader support and education we deliver to our learners. Please see the Careers section for further details of our provision across the school.