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
Information for local residents in the vicinity of the school field.
On April 3rd, the school will be visited by an Army helicopter. It will land on the school field at 1430 and depart at approximately 1700. Between these times the helicopter will take off and land a number of times. Pet owners in particular are advised to take note of this.
National Industrial Action by Teachers on Wednesday March 26th.
The Governors have been informed by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) of their intention to undertake industrial action in the form of a one day national strike on Wednesday 26th March 2014.
A letter explaining this can be found here.
We will update you as to the impact of this on the ability of the school to operate a normal timetable on that day through the website, but at this stage, we wish to give you timely information to allow you to start preparing for childcare arrangements.
Mr A Birkett, Principal
Year 7 students will be presenting a cheque for £1200 to local charity Jeremiah’s Journey on Thursday 30th January in their assembly.
Year 7 students worked incredibly hard in the run up to Christmas to recycle as much as possible in preparation for their 3rd Sustainable Gifts Fair. Over the past two years over £2000 has been raised for local charities from gifts created from rubbish that would normally be thrown away. Each student was given £1 to purchase basic materials to turn ‘waste’ materials into desirable Christmas gifts. The students showcased their entrepreneurial skills at a packed Gifts Fair before Christmas raising the considerable sum of £1200.
We are very proud of our Year 7 students and their considerable achievement of turning waste into profit and of their community contribution.