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
Netball at Hele’s School seems to be going from strength to strength. Already a popular sport at the school in Year’s 7-11 it now seems that just about everyone want to take part.
There is a regular staff netball club every Tuesday, where both male and female staff at the school turn up to show off their skills! But, what tops that is a group of students that started playing netball together in Year 10. They are now part of the local adult league at Marjons and take the game very seriously, training three times a week.
On Tuesday 6th October, the Post 16 Centre hosted the Hit the Ground Running evening. This was aimed at providing advice and guidance to parents of Year 12 students on how best to manage the transition from GCSE to Further Education. Mr Farmer, Pastoral Leader for Post 16, gave a 45 minute presentation that ranged over several important areas, from managing the work/life balance to the first steps in the UCAS process. Parents were given the opportunity to discuss what they thought were the qualities of a great student and were also given practical strategies to support their sons and daughters at this exciting but challenging time. There was also the chance for parents to ask questions of Mr Farmer and Dr Hall, Strategic Head of Post 16 Education, or to seek additional guidance. The evening was well-attended, with more than forty parents and students present and parents left feeling much better informed on how best to support their Post 16 learners.
I found this event useful to make sure that I got off to a good start in my A level studies, now we have all adjusted from GCSE. It was really well presented and full of handy tips to make sure sixth form life runs smoothly. Great job Mr Farmer!
~ Sophie Whistler, Year 12
On Thursday 1st October, the Post 16 Centre hosted the UCAS Information and Guidance evening. This was aimed at providing advice and guidance to parents of Year 13 students on the UCAS process and how to manage the transition from Further to Higher Education. Mr Farmer, Pastoral Leader for Post 16, gave a 30 minute presentation that ranged over several important areas, from choosing courses and selecting universities to writing the fearsome Personal Statement. Dr Hall, Strategic Head of Post 16 Education, then gave a 15 minute presentation on managing student finance and there was also the opportunity to ask questions of Mr Farmer, Dr Hall and Mrs Ellerton, our UCAS Coordinator. The evening was very well-attended, with more than sixty parents and students present and parents left feeling much better informed on the UCAS application process and how best to support their Post 16 learners.
Two students, Dylan Walsh in Year 9 and Max Childs in Year 10, have been selected for the Plymouth School Boys U14 and U15 Football teams respectively. Many congratulations to the boys for a fantastic achievement. Scott Wickens, Year 11, has completed a successful trial at Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence and has been given a 6 month deal in the U16 age group. This will prove a big 6 months for Scott, as he aims to secure a professional Scholarship offer at the end of the year and follow in the footsteps of former students of Hele’s, Callum Hall and Tom Moxham, who secured scholarship deals with Plymouth Argyle in 2012. Unfortunately, Tom was released by the club after his two year scholarship deal ended, but Callum remains at the club and was taken on as a professional for 12 months.