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 www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation.
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.