Admission arrangements for 2018/19
The school’s current admission arrangements for in year applications in 2018/19 can be found below.
Admission arrangements for 2019/20
We consulted on our admission arrangements for 2019/20 through Plymouth City Council. Having paid regard to the consultation responses, the admission arrangements for 2019/20 was approved by Governors on Thursday 22nd February 2018 and can be found below. Please note an in-year increase to admissions for September 2019 based on the need for more secondary places across Plymouth and strong parental demand for places at Hele’s School. This increase was approved by Governors on Thursday 31st January 2019.
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.
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.