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
At the start of the Half term break, 14 Sixth Form students from Hele’s School travelled to London with teaching staff, to find out what our capital city has to offer tourists. This trip was planned to complement students’ BTEC studies in Travel and Tourism, and included a visit to Harrods on Oxford Street, the West End production of The Bodyguard and then Covent Garden , all on Day 1. An overnight stay in central London allowed students to see the city’s other side come to life, and the lamp lit walk from the Strand, along the Thames and past the London Eye was beautiful.
The second day saw students out and about on foot, covering the streets of Westminster, Downing Street and Horse Guards’ Parade, stopping off at the National Gallery and catching glimpses of the Thames and other major tourist attractions en route. The group then took the tube to Euston to make their way to Harry Potter World at Watford, undoubtedly for many, the highlight of the visit. Mrs Hall, Travel and Tourism teacher, said that even those students who are not self-confessed Harry Potter addicts wouldn’t have failed to be impressed by what was on show. An exciting and exhausting trip for all involved, the Hele’s students are now putting what they learnt to good use in their Level 3 BTEC unit on major tourist attractions in the UK, and are looking forward to hitting the high grades having been truly inspired by the visit.
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