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.
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Bring out the best
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The first Interim Assessment report went out to all students in KS3 and KS4 on Monday 16th November. Due to the national removal of levels and a new National Curriculum in KS3, there are some significant changes to the way we report progress in Year 7-9. To ensure that students are best prepared for GCSE examinations, we have redesigned the KS3 curriculum in all subjects to ensure that the required knowledge, skills and understanding can be gained to allow success at GCSE.
In order to make a judgement about student performance, we have created four bands to assess students at each Interim Assessment point. The bands are called:- Mastering; Securing; Developing; and Emerging. Subjects have then created specific criteria for each band, for each assessment point, with the underpinning philosophy that the criteria for ‘Mastering’ is where we would expect a student to be working, if they are to go on and achieve the top grades at GCSE. These criteria take account of everything the student has done so far, including any assessments, homework and work in class. As new material is taught in each lesson, the criteria for each band get progressively more challenging at each assessment point. To achieve ‘Mastering’ at the end of Year 8, the students need to be able to perform at a higher level than they will have demonstrated for Mastering at the start of year 8, for example. The curriculum is designed so that staying within the same band requires a student to make at least good progress over the year. This may be in contrast to some primary school models, where all students start on emerging and work towards mastery by the end of the year.
Progress at KS3 is measured against the starting point for all students, which is taken from the English and Maths KS2 SATS. Based on these scores, we are aiming for all students to achieve above the national expected progress. In order to help track this, we are using the bands to determine the level at which the student is working in relation to their start point. For example, we are aiming for a student who joins us achieving the national expected KS2 standard of 4.5, to achieve at least a C grade at GCSE (new GCSE grade 5). In order to meet this they would need to be performing at a ‘Developing’ level throughout KS3. Therefore, if they are working at an ‘Emerging’ level in any subject, they would be marked as ‘Below’ for progress. Please also bear in mind that whilst we are measured nationally against the KS2 English and Maths scores, there are some subjects where the correlation with this measure is less reliable.
This is a new system and it will inevitably need to be refined over the course of the year. We welcome any feedback going forward.
Mr T Graham
Assistant Principal – Assessment and Reporting
Wednesday 2nd December 4.00pm – 7.00pm
We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to be present at the above evening. We have reached an important stage in the new Post 16 courses as most students are now settled into their classes having completed as much as 25% of each course, and are well into portfolio work for coursework based subjects.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend the above evening to meet with staff. Subject teachers will be able to discuss early progress and to outline assessment procedures for the rest of the year. Particularly important at this stage is for all students, staff and parents to consider together how individuals have adapted to new work loads and study patterns.