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 11 students took part in one-to-one interviews last week in preparation for the next chapter of their journey.
Organisations such as Babcock, Vospers, Army, Navy, Police, Plymouth Argyle, Bailey Partnership and the Peninsular Medical School sent representatives to Hele’s School to give the students the opportunity to experience a ‘real’ interview.
Students were asked to prepare a CV and also wear clothes that they would wear to an interview instead of their normal school uniform.
The interviewers commented how professional and prepared the students were and gave each one personal feedback.
Ryan Yeoman, who represented Plymouth Arygle at the event, is also an ex-student of Hele’s so staff were very pleased to welcome him back. Ryan left the school in 2009 and was lucky to secure a place on the Plymouth Argyle Education Programme studying BTEC. He was then offered the position of Community Cohesion Officer at the local football club.
Another Employer in attendance, Craig Ainslie from the RAF, commented on the professionalism with which the interviews were run: “Hele’s students had a refreshingly mature attitude to careers and future pathways. The staff and students were friendly and welcoming; it was an absolute pleasure to meet such well-prepared students. The employability and careers programme at Hele’s is the best I have seen in Plymouth and the Cornwall area – outstanding!”
Miss Mason, was delighted with the 2-day event. “I am so grateful to the many Employers for supporting this event and being so giving of their time and expertise. The feedback that individuals have had has been remarkable, and will undoubtedly help to shape the way our young people approach the application and interview process in the future.
To see the way that our students have really embraced this experience has been overwhelming. The care, attention and thought they have put into preparing for the interview in relation to building a CV and anticipating questions has been a joy to behold. For many students, this experience has added extra weight to their determination to succeed in GCSEs in August so they can access the career of their choosing in the future. One of our Year 11 girls with an aspiration to be a doctor, for example, is thrilled that she interviewed so well that she has been offered a work experience placement at the Peninsular Medical School.
There was understandably some tension in the waiting room prior to interviews, but coaching around interview technique, presentation and communication skills, as well as how to manage anxiety, certainly helped to settle the nerves. I am so proud of all our Year 11 students for the way they conducted themselves throughout this process; they are exceptional ambassadors for Hele’s School.”
Thirty three Year 9 students enjoyed an adventurous geography weekend at the Start Bay Field Studies Centre. Activities included a coastal walk to investigate the issues of erosion in the past at Hallsands and more recently at Beesands. They also took part in variety of activities including canoeing on Slapton Ley, fire-making, toasting marshmallows and a low ropes course. Lucy said “overall the stay was amazing and we were really well looked after. I would love to go there again” and Jenna “really enjoyed the weekend and learnt a lot”.