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
Inspiring teachers, aspiring learners
Congratulations to our Year 11 students for the many outstanding results this year across the majority of subjects.
Despite the national picture, we have seen improvements in several subjects this year, and we’ve had some brilliant individual performances.
Our top performer, Ben Cartwright has broken school records with 11 A*’s and 1 A – a remarkable performance! The top ten performers have 91 A* and As between them. We are expecting record numbers choosing to return to the sixth form in September, and see a particularly strong cohort joining science and maths.
We have been supporting students with questions today, and other students who wish to discuss their results can book an appointment for Monday 1st and Wednesday 3rd to see Post 16 staff through the Post 16 link on the school website.
Again we would wish to reassure parents and students that the English unit that appears to have been severely graded is being urgently investigated with the exam board, and we will support any student affected by this in terms of progression to post 16 or elsewhere.
Hele’s school students and staff are celebrating record A level successes today with a large number of students securing places at university. This is the fourth year in a row of record results, and we are delighted to buck the national trend in this respect with our best results ever. Almost half of all entries scored grades from an A* to a B with an overall pass rate of 99%.
Top performer was Scott Larcombe who achieved A* grades in Chemistry and Maths and A grades in Further Maths and Physics and who will now take up his place at Exeter University to study Physics.
James Lucas scored 3 A grades in Politics, Geography and History and will now study History and Politics at Exeter University. Josh Edmonds also scored 3 A grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will now continue his studies at Southampton to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Other notable performances were from Evie Wilson, achieving an A* in English Literature plus an A in PE and a B in Religious Studies and from Ellie Selley, who scored an A* in History, an A in Sociology and a B in PE. Lucy Knight, who will be taking a year out as an au pair in Spain, achieved an A* in English Literature, an A in Drama and a B in History.
Alice Duke also deserves recognition for her A* in Fine Art and is off to Falmouth to study Interior Design.
We are equally delighted with the performance of our year 12 students which again is our best set of results ever and bode extremely well for next year.
Andy Birkett, Principal, said ‘Its a great day. Yet again we have seen new records set as the sixth form grows from strength to strength. Congratulations to the year group whose impressive grades are counter to the national trend. I’m very pleased to see that the continued efforts and hard work of our students and staff has paid off. We wish all of our year 13 students the very best with whatever they have chosen as their next pathway.’
Young photographers have been battling it out in a local competition with one winner going on to win 2nd place nationally.
Y13 student Elliot Maynard scooped first prize at the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Young Photographer competition at the Plympton club. The Hele’s School student, who has been studying photography through the Post 16 Plym Learning Consortium at Ridgeway, won the regional prize before going on to win 2nd place at national senior level.
Elliot is now awaiting his A’ level results and is due to begin a fashion photography course at Falmouth University. He has studied The Level 3 National Diploma in Media, which has already been graded at Distinction level (equivalent to Grade A at A level) alongside Photography and Theatre Studies.
Elliot was presented with his prize by Plymouth Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Fox and his wife Lady Mayoress Rosemary Fox, at a dedicated reception last week.
Held at Exeter University on the 26th June.
Hele’s School had 3 brilliant projects competing: ‘Effect of acidification on marine life’ by Harrison Nicholls, Matthew Robinson and John Thackray; ‘Protect yourself’ by Ben Cooke, John Goodwin, Karl Holman and Tyler Phillips; and ‘Endangered animals’ by Rosie Bray, Niamh Kelly, Morgan Lewis and Tegan Tunnicliffe. They all went prepared; they received a grilling from the judges, but all held their own fantastically. After the judging, we had a look around the amazing stalls from other schools and companies; found out about internal combustion engines, sat in a helicopter, took a taste test to find out about our genes, discovered the properties of bubbles, collected lots of freebies and most importantly enjoyed ourselves.
After lunch we went to a marvellous show/demonstration about the possibility of life on other planets and Morgan correctly answered a question to the whole audience – well done! Lastly, we went to the awards ceremony and cheered loudly for the projects that won. We returned home eager to go back next year with more projects, even better ideas and a determination to win next time!
Congratulations everyone who competed for your fantastic effort!