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
Dear Year 9 Pupils and Parents,
The CCF Open Evening will take place on Thursday 19th March from 1700 to 1900. Year 9 pupils who are considering joining the CCF are invited to attend together with their parents. The purpose of the evening is to enable you to see what the CCF has to offer, and to experience a taste of the training involved, to help make the decision whether to join us each Thursday after school for this entirely voluntary activity.
The presentation will start in the Lecture Theatre at 1700 with an introduction to the CCF, its aims and opportunities. I will also outline the standards and responsibilities that we expect of the cadets in Hele’s School CCF. The contingent has a very high reputation amongst the cadet authorities and all cadets are expected to contribute to the maintenance of this reputation. Following this, you will be invited to move to the Main Hall to see some of the training equipment and activities, and to talk to cadets and officers.
We very much welcome this opportunity and I hope that you will be able to attend.
Copies of this letter with a return slip are available from the green folder on the CCF notice board in the underpass.
Cdr. P. J. Glasspoole
Principal Interviews Result.
Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
Following Mr Birkett’s announcement of his intention to retire in August, the Governing Body ran interviews for the post of Principal last week.
We are pleased to tell you that Miss Mason, currently Deputy Principal at Hele’s, was appointed following the three-day interviews against a strong national field.
Miss Mason has worked at the school for eleven years and will be known to most parents and carers for her work with the school’s curriculum, careers information, advice and guidance, and applied learning.
Governors are confident that Miss Mason’s appointment will ensure the school’s reputation as a caring community, underpinned by a high quality curriculum, strong teaching and a broad range of extracurricular opportunity, will continue to grow and thrive under her leadership.
Miss Mason takes up her post on September 1st 2015, and we wish her every success in the work ahead.
Mr C Atkinson, Chair of Governors.
Congratulations to the U12 Futsal team who have been crowned local champions. They will now go on to represent the school at the county finals later in March.
11 of our pupils are finalists in Young Writer’s monologue writing competition. Many congratulations to: