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
The National Union of Teachers has informed schools that their members will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016.
This action is not against the schools themselves but is part of national industrial action organised by the trade union as part of the ongoing dispute over workload and funding.
There is no requirement on unions to inform schools of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call.
Neither the Governing Body nor the Principal is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike, and we will not do so. However, our main concern is the safety of our students. School will only close if, in the opinion of the Governors, it is not safe to remain open. If it does remain open, it is unlikely that lessons will be normal, and there may have to be sessions of private study supervised by a senior member of staff.
Because we may not know until very late how many staff will be available to work, the decision to close may have to be taken at the last minute. Every effort will be made to give notice, but this may not be possible until the day before the strike when the NUT are duty bound to inform the School of the number (not the names) of staff taking industrial action. In case the decision has to be made on the day itself, we are asking parents to nominate a place of safety to which your child can go if we have to close, and to ensure your child knows what arrangements you have made.
The Principal and Chair of Governors are currently undertaking a risk assessment and will issue updated information to parents and carers shortly.
We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.
Following a number of hoax bomb calls to schools across the UK recently, the Police are working with schools nationally to ensure the safety of all students and staff and to minimise disruption to learning. We have reviewed our current evacuation policy and procedures in light of new guidance issued this week, and have made tweaks where necessary to further strengthen our protocol around dealing with major incidents. Hoax Phone Call Information