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Hele's School

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Admission arrangements for 2020/21

We consulted on our admission arrangements for 2020/21 through Plymouth City Council (consultation now closed).  Having paid regard to the consultation responses, the admission arrangements for 2020/21 was approved by Governors on Thursday 31st January 2019 and can be found below. 

Consultation on admission arrangements 2021/2022

We will be consulting on our admission arrangements for 2021/2022 through Plymouth City Council. The consultation will be live between 9 December 2019 and 19 January 2020.

If you wish to find out about our policy or make any comment, please visit

Requests for a child to be educated out of their chronological year group

Repeating a year is very rare in UK schools and not something that Hele’s School supports.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) undertakes significant research in a variety of areas of education and publishes their findings to enable schools to make informed decisions.  The EEF have undertaken research in this area and has drawn the following conclusion:

Evidence suggests that in the majority of cases repeating a year is harmful to a student’s chances of academic success. In addition, studies consistently show greater negative effects for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, suggesting that the practice is likely to increase educational inequality. Pupils who repeat a year make an average of four months’ less academic progress over the course of a year than pupils who move on.  In addition, studies suggest that students who repeat a year are unlikely to catch up with peers of a similar level who move on, even after completing an additional year’s schooling. Studies also suggest that students who repeat a year are more likely to drop out of school prior to completion.