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
As we head towards the end of this term, we’d like to take the opportunity to say how delighted we are with the way our Year 7 learners have settled in so well and are meeting all of our expectations regarding academic challenge, behaviour and uniform expectations. We do hope they find time over the break to recharge their batteries after a very busy first half-term.
With regards to the forthcoming Year 7 evening which will take place on Wednesday 12th November from 4-7pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s tutor to discuss how they have settled in at Hele’s. Following this meeting you will receive your child’s first interim assessment with specific details regarding progress in lessons. Later in the year, there is a parent’s evening scheduled when you can meet individual teachers to discuss progress in specific lessons.
October 27th to 31st 2014
Hele’s Holiday programme is to encourage children of all abilities between the ages 8 & 14 to come along and enjoy a week of various sports. The week is designed to promote new sports, have fun and most of all meet new friends. We have experienced coaches and instructors to deliver all different types of sport; all coaches and instructors are DBS checked.
Sports on offer:- Trampolining, Gymnastics, Football, Futsal, Badminton, Basketball, Tennis, Netball, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Table Tennis, Team events, swimming and much, much more….
*** NEW Junior Activities Age 4-7 ***
A range of one-day events being held at various dates during the holiday. Trampoline & Gymnastics, Football & Cricket and Tennis & Martial Arts.
140 Year 12 students from Hele’s School have recently taken part in the You’re Hired Challenge to find Plymouth’s most employable 17 year old. They were involved in team tasks, set by 2 local employers Balfour Beatty, and Bailey Partnership, to test their employability skills. The challenges required students to consider a range of proposals for a building project and to select the most cost and time effective plans, and to build a bridge using nothing but tape and paper to support the heaviest possible weight. After 2 intense sessions working together in small teams the students all congregated to hear what the employers had to say, and to consider their own participation in activities outside of academic studies, which support them on the route into Higher Education and Employment. The school runs its own Employability Award in the Sixth Form, and this will now be followed up through the Schools’ Post 16 tutorial programme as a follow up to the event. Through this programme , students are encouraged to participate in events such as peer mentoring schemes, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and work experience, to enhance CVs and prepare them for future employment.
Students welcomed the opportunity to work alongside these large employers, who in turn enjoyed the spirit of enterprise clearly evident throughout the day. Particular congratulations must go the 5 finalists who go forward to the final in June to find the next winner of the coveted title “Plymouth’s Most Employable 17yr Old” !
Pictured are Amy Leverson, alongside employers from Balfour Beatty and Bailey Partnership, as well as finalists / runners up, Georgia Sprague, Emma Nursey, James Ravenhill, Megan Francis, Zara Arrowsmith, Sian Buller, Harry Keane, Chloe Thompson, and Sam Harris.