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.
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Year 10 have been thoroughly enjoying the Language Leader Project which the school has been running throughout this academic year.
The students, led by Modern Language Teacher Mrs Greet, had several plans to ensure that the project would be a success with the aim of getting other students as excited about learning a language as they are.
They planned to run a Lunchtime Language Club for Year 7 students, they went in to assemblies to promote the sessions and they have also delivered a series of activities as well as offering support with homework on a weekly basis.
As part of the programme they also had to take the Leader Language Project further afield and deliver lessons to Year 5 primary school children. Eight Hele’s School students visited Boringdon Primary School, also in Plympton, to give the young enthusiasts a chance to learn some German!
All the students worked extremely hard and this was shown by some of the comments made by the year 5 children: Chloe commented “I liked absolutely everything about learning German”, Harvey said “I liked that the instructors were working on our level” and Fred said “I like it because the instructors are students and still learning”.
Mrs Greet, MFL teacher at Hele’s, accompanied the eight Language Learners on their mission to Boringdon School and commented “I was very proud of all our students, they were patient and their enthusiasm for learning a foreign language definitely rubbed off on our younger learners at Boringdon School”.
Miss Mason, is an advocate of finding opportunities for students to act as superb ambassadors for Hele’s School. “Student leadership is a golden thread of our school; we work hard to ensure our young people are supported to grow into leadership positions and to act as role models for younger children, both within our community and across Plymouth. We are very much looking forward to welcoming these young students to Hele’s in the near future and ensuring that this level of support from the older students will continue throughout their education at Hele’s”.
The University of Exeter have designed a programme to encourage more students in state schools and colleges to apply to go on to further education.
The programme, called Pathways to Law, helps academically able students in the South West by giving them expertise in law and experience of student life. All this knowledge and advice if offered to them throughout their two years in Post-16, this then helps to prepare them for life in further education.
Post-16 students who are the first in their family to apply to continue on to university get expert advice and mentoring for a period of two years. They are also able to apply for various scholarships that are offered by the University of Exeter.
Three students from Hele’s School in Plympton were fortunate enough to be part of the programme. Annie Curtis, Rebekah Sheasby and Hannah Dykes immersed themselves in all the lectures and workshops on offer at the University and recently graduated with flying colours from the Pathways to Law programme.
Justine Mason, Principal at the Plympton school commented….. “We are always keen to get involved in schemes that extend opportunities and raise aspirations of the young people in our care; our link with Exeter University through the Pathways to Law programme is just one example of how we do this. I am so proud of the achievements of Annie, Rebekah and Hannah Dykes.
Having myself been the first and only member of my extended family to go to University, I have a passion for ensuring all our students, regardless of background, dream big, aim high and work hard to achieve their aspirations wherever they lie. Not everyone would like to go to University, and for some it might not be a suitable progression route, but we have a moral obligation as Educators to open everyone’s eyes to the full menu of opportunities that exist beyond Sixth Form and to support young people to take that next step after graduating from Hele’s.”
All three Hele’s School students are now excited about their future plans at University.
On Wednesday 9th March, thirty-two members of the Hele’s School Leadership Academy Young Ambassadors traveled to Plymouth University for a celebration and awards day. The day included workshops to improve different areas of their leadership roles and reward sessions after the workshops. The ambassadors were split off into 4 workshops: Event Organising, Sports Media, Team Manager/ Start Coaching and Sports Officiating. These workshops were led by members from the university or by a PSSP member of staff to make sure we are properly trained in our specific workshop.
After the workshops the ambassadors representing the school got the opportunity to be involved in fun activities as a reward for their hard work and dedication throughout the academic year. These activities included a unique opportunity to participate in the universities 4D universe projector room, a T-shirt making competition and inflatable sumo wrestling.
Staff and students at Hele’s School have been celebrating the success of the Leadership Academy for winning The Sarah Barrow Award (Leadership Academy of the Year Award). The ambassadors thoroughly enjoyed the day and it will be a memorable event for all the students and staff.