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.
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.