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Hele's School

Hele's School

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Centre Of Excellence

We subscribe to the ethos that all individuals should have equal opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential. As such, HPA (Higher Prior attaining) students should have their specific needs met by encouraging independent study and promoting an in-depth cultural awareness and an enquiring mindset. 


Centre of Excellence Aims:

To promote a desire for lifelong learning, leadership, and positive citizenship. These learning skills will support them with any plans they may have, including Russell Group University, Oxbridge, and advanced apprenticeships.

We will aim to encourage and support students in the development of their knowledge areas, seeing them as the architects of their own success.

We actively encourage students to follow their own curiosity in multiple subject areas and with this in mind, the Centre of Excellence offers two strands of provision. Firstly, independent project work and then secondly, the study of classical civilisations and Latin.


The project work is as follows:

Year 7 Project Title: Identity - What makes me who I am? To consider any application about themselves, their history, biological makeup, the geographical area they are from, their musical talent, sporting prowess.

Year 8 Project Title: Based around Aristotle's concept of the 12 moral virtues justify which characteristic is most important to keep in balance.

  • Research an area of life in which this characteristic is most essential.
  • Research one person in which this character is truly evident.
  • Research a story (fiction or non-fiction) where this characteristic is promoted with positive or negative outcomes.

Year 9 Scholarship programme from the Brilliant Club charity.

Students experience two visits to University and will work with a PHD students to write a 2000-word dissertation.


The Classical study

We seek to bring the past to life and show the Romans’ impact on the present, which is particularly relevant in a country where Romans once walked and approximately 60% of our words come from Latin. Students study the language, literature and culture of the Romans in Latin, and the broader topics of Roman literature and the ancient world in Classical Civilisation.


Classical study is as follows:

Year 7 Cambridge board Amarantus.

Year 8 Classical study linking to GSCE specification OCR

Year 9 Latin GCSE OCR board (See Specification J282)

The Centre of Excellence also offers the following:

  • Elective lectures
  • Leadership development
  • The Brilliant Club
  • Wider reading
  • Competitions

Theresa Brookshaw

Teacher of English, Director of Centre of Excellence