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
Following a successful period as a single academy trust since April 2011, the Governing Body of Hele’s School is considering converting to Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) status. A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is where a group of schools formally join together and are governed through a single set of members and directors.
We are currently exploring the exciting possibility of forming a new MAT with a group of other local primary and secondary schools that share a commitment to improving the lives of young people in our local communities.
If we move beyond the exploration stage, we would begin a formal consultation process to gather the views of all stakeholders, and at that point we would very much welcome your views as parents.
We will, of course, keep you frequently updated with any developments, but at this time we would like to stress that we are only in the exploration stage and no final decisions have been made.
On Monday 9th January, five of Hele’s School’s alumni community helped to deliver an assembly to Year 12 students on planning their future. With a range of personal experiences to call on, such as under-graduate and graduate study, vocational pathways and employment, the five guests were well-placed to help guide the current generation of Post 16 learners. The alumni gave some excellent advice, which included encouraging students to put their own ambitions and desires first and to make the most of their time in the sixth form. Robert Farmer, Post 16 Pastoral Leader, said: “We are hugely grateful that our former students have volunteered to give up their time to help our current sixth formers. I know the Year 12’s found this morning’s session really useful in helping to plan their futures and they have a much clearer idea about the pathways open to them.”
Since September students have been rehearsing for this year’s musical “Guys and Dolls.” We are very fortunate to two students within the cast who have been a part of all musicals throughout their time at the Hele’s, this will be their last before they move on to study Drama and Theatre studies at University. Emily Witts is a very creative and diverse actress and will be studying Drama, working on performance skills, theatre history and stage craft. Noah Jones, our resident stage and lighting designer will be moving on to study lighting design. Not only has their time and involvement in extra-curricular activities helped to shape and mould their career choices it has given them a platform to gather experience within the industry.
If you would like to see our production of “Guys and Dolls” from the 20th-23rd February 2017 starting at 7pm please contact the Hele’s School on (01752) 337193 to reserve your tickets.
Tuesday 24th January 4.00 – 7.00pm
We would like to extend a warm welcome to you to attend the Year 11 Subject Parents’ Evening, during which you will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with subject teachers.