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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This afternoon, just before 3pm, there was a bonfire in the garden of a property backing on to the school site which required Fire Brigade assistance to extinguish it. Thankfully, nobody was hurt and the fire was dealt with.
School property was not damaged at all, and nobody was put at risk on the school site.
We took the precaution of evacuating students through the west access points of the school building. Students were exemplary in their conduct, and must be congratulated for the calm and sensible manner in which they left the premises.
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.
Year 7 students begin life at Hele’s by being asked to get together with four other students and to create a business during tutor time.
Head of Year 7 Mr Clemow Said: “Their mission is to create sustainable Christmas gifts that can be sold at a real Christmas Fair in December. The current Year 7 went through the process of research, development, finance and marketing to try and create the best product to sell.”
On December 11th, the year 7 students went onto sell these high quality gifts to over 500 people at a real Christmas Fair hosted on school grounds. As a year group, they managed to raise an incredible £1800 in just one hour of trading for the charity CLIC Sargent.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. CLIC Sargent are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
Mr Clemow continued saying: “Following this success, students were challenged again: this time to find a charity to send all of this money to. Ben Sluman, whose younger sister has been fantastically supported by CLIC Sargent, created a presentation along with some friends and was chosen by his tutor group to represent them at a final year group presentation. Ben was up against 7 other outstanding presentations but still delivered a heart-felt and impassioned plea for the year group to support CLIC Sargent who have been a constant source of support for his family”.
Between April 2014 and April 2015 CLIC Sargent supported 64 families in Cornwall providing them with practical, emotional and financial support to help them overcome the obstacles that a childhood cancer brings.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Jordan Anderton, who attended the cheque presentation on Thursday 17th March, said: “I would like to say a huge well done to all of Year 7’s at Hele’s School for this amazing achievement. The money you have raised will make a real difference to the young people that CLIC Sargent support and you should be extremely proud of what you have achieved.”
The money that Hele’s school have donated could pay for ten young people to take part in a residential weekend at Malcolm Sargent House, CLIC Sargent’s holiday home in Ayrshire, where young people can meet others with similar experiences, helping them to feel less isolated.
If you would like to support CLIC Sargent and the families we support, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton on 07876653829or email: email@example.com
The Year 11 GCSE Hospitality students put on a Mexican feast at lunchtime this term. They catered for almost 30 guests and provided them with a range of authentic Mexican food. This was the culmination of two terms work where they researched Mexican food and culture and trialled ideas for the menu. It was very much a team effort with the group agreeing the final menu and deciding how to decorate the restaurant. The students learnt how to work together in a team and under pressure which are skills needed for working in the industry. The students rose to the challenge wonderfully demonstrating good organisational and communication skills. They all felt a great sense of achievement after the event and now realise the importance of detailed planning! Well done Year 11.