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
Two students, Dylan Walsh in Year 9 and Max Childs in Year 10, have been selected for the Plymouth School Boys U14 and U15 Football teams respectively. Many congratulations to the boys for a fantastic achievement. Scott Wickens, Year 11, has completed a successful trial at Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence and has been given a 6 month deal in the U16 age group. This will prove a big 6 months for Scott, as he aims to secure a professional Scholarship offer at the end of the year and follow in the footsteps of former students of Hele’s, Callum Hall and Tom Moxham, who secured scholarship deals with Plymouth Argyle in 2012. Unfortunately, Tom was released by the club after his two year scholarship deal ended, but Callum remains at the club and was taken on as a professional for 12 months.
Information for parents
We will be shortly upgrading our Uniform Webshop. Should you experience any difficulties when buying uniform, please contact Miss Hookway in reception on 337193 for help and advice.
Scenes reminiscent of the Great British Bake Off were seen last week, as the students took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Students turned out in droves in the Main Hall at break time to sample the huge range of cakes and savouries baked by other students, both at home and in Food Technology lessons. Year 8 students, Beth and Lucy, even went the extra mile and made green ribbons to sell to raise awareness. The Year 13 Hospitality students also hosted an event for parents (and grandparents) to come and join in with the fundraising. Hospitality teacher, Karen Wooding, said, “the atmosphere was incredible and I am very proud of the way that the students planned and delivered the whole event.” In order to raise the profile of the event, the whole school also took part in a non-uniform day, which was proposed by a group of Year 11 students. The theme for the day was to wear something green. In total the event has raised nearly £1400 for Macmillan, a fantastic effort by all involved.
Parents are welcomed to attend our annual e-safety evening which will be held on Tuesday 6th October from 7-8.30pm. Ken Corish from the South West Grid for Learning will be running this session for parents. Ken is a highly experienced education consultant and will share his knowledge and expertise with parents around keeping teenagers safe on the internet. If you would like to attend please phone the school on 337193 to book a place.