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Hele's School

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Admission Arrangements 2019/20 & 2020/21

These admission arrangements can be found in the linked documents below.

Admission Arrangements 2021/22

We consulted on our admission arrangements for 2021/22 through Plymouth City Council (consultation now closed).  Having paid regard to the consultation responses, the admission arrangements for 2021/22 was approved by Governors on Thursday 30th  January 2020 and can be found below. 

Apply for a secondary (year 7) or school place

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 has researched 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. Also, 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 a year than pupils who move on.  Furthermore, 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 before completion.