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
Important update on planned industrial action by the NUT, Tuesday 5th July 2016
Further to my recent correspondence via the SLG and the website, Governors have considered a full risk assessment of the impact of industrial action by the National Union of Teachers on the capacity of the school to open safely Tuesday on July 5th, and have taken the decision to remain open for all students in all year groups (Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12).
Governors consider this the correct action to take to support the community, by doing our utmost to minimise disruption to learning and removing the childcare needs that might otherwise have put significant burden on families through a full or partial closure.
Normal registration will apply to all students on Tuesday and it is our expectation that attendance will be at its usual high level.
Lessons for all year groups will continue as normal as far as possible. Where a teacher is absent due to industrial action, students will be supervised by a senior member of staff and will be expected to undertake work, reading or private study in a larger class size than usual. Students are asked to bring with them a reading book into school, as well as their normal school equipment and books, on Tuesday.
School lunch, including free school meals, will be available as normal; our first aid cover, and supervision at break and lunchtime is unaffected.
The NUT are duty bound to inform the School of the number (not the names) of staff taking industrial action 24 hours prior to the day. Should considerably higher than anticipated numbers take action on Tuesday, then we may need to review the decision to remain open to all year groups on the day itself to be confident we can deliver our duty of care. Although our risk assessment indicates this is an unlikely scenario, we are asking parents to nominate a place of safety to which your child can go should we need to take this action, and to ensure your child knows what arrangements you have made.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the school should you require any further clarification.
Results Day is a big day for everyone, students, parents and school alike, and this year we would like to celebrate with you in the Main Hall. New arrangements are in place to make the event more momentous; results will be available for collection at 9am in the Main Hall, and parents are welcome to join us for this important occasion. The Piazza will be open for parents to take a seat, grab a coffee and watch the drama unfold!
The National Union of Teachers has informed schools that their members will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016.
This action is not against the schools themselves but is part of national industrial action organised by the trade union as part of the ongoing dispute over workload and funding.
There is no requirement on unions to inform schools of which members of staff will take action, and it may be that they will not know themselves as there is no obligation on members of unions to obey a strike call.
Neither the Governing Body nor the Principal is legally allowed to close the school ‘in sympathy’ with the strike, and we will not do so. However, our main concern is the safety of our students. School will only close if, in the opinion of the Governors, it is not safe to remain open. If it does remain open, it is unlikely that lessons will be normal, and there may have to be sessions of private study supervised by a senior member of staff.
Because we may not know until very late how many staff will be available to work, the decision to close may have to be taken at the last minute. Every effort will be made to give notice, but this may not be possible until the day before the strike when the NUT are duty bound to inform the School of the number (not the names) of staff taking industrial action. In case the decision has to be made on the day itself, we are asking parents to nominate a place of safety to which your child can go if we have to close, and to ensure your child knows what arrangements you have made.
The Principal and Chair of Governors are currently undertaking a risk assessment and will issue updated information to parents and carers shortly.
We must all hope that the issues over which the industrial action has arisen are resolved as soon as possible.