Year 8 Activities Day

Year 6 Open Evening.

Thursday 24th September 2015:

Year 6 Open Evening 5.30pm untill 7.30pm

Upon arrival to Helsby High School you will be greeted by key members of staff including Ms C Simmonds, Key Stage Leader and Miss Wilkes, Year Leader. There will be Year 11 and Year 13 Prefects available to take you on a tour of the school or alternatively you may choose to collect a map of the school and have a walk around independently. Subject areas will open their classrooms in order for you to see work, look at displays, meet students and ask teachers questions. In addition to this there will also be an opportunity to listen to a presentation by Mr Dowler, Headteacher and the Head Boy & Head Girl at either 6.00pm or 6.45pm. Year 6 Students will also be encouraged to complete an interactive activity as they move around school and then enter their answers into a prize draw!

Monday 5th October 2015 & Monday 12th October 2015:

Year 6 Open Mornings 9.15am untill 10.45am

There is an opportunity to visit our school between 9.15am and 10.45am on these days, please kindly bear in mind that a tour of the school will take approximately 20 minutes. Upon arrival you will be welcomed to the school by Ms C Simmonds, Key Stage Leader and Miss Wilkes, Year Leader. A Year 8 EBuddy will be allocated to you and will conduct a tour of the school. This opportunity allows you to see the high quality teaching and learning taking place during a normal school day. Please contact us on the details below to book a time slot.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our school, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact school directly on 01928 723551 or via email at


Class of 2015 end the year in style at the Double Tree

in Featured | By Mr S Edwards,

Schools Biology Competition 25th June 2015


Last week I had the pleasure of taking 6 Year 12 students to Edge Hill University to take part in a Biology competition. Edge Hill University was celebrating teaching undergraduate Biology for 25 years. The Helsby High School team were drawn from an overflowing hat of keen students and their day was filled with a varied set of activities as they competed with 27 other teams from the Merseyside and Cheshire area. DNA extraction, detailed invertebrate classification and microscope slide preparation were just some of the rounds they competed in using the university’s modern laboratories and equipment. Despite the team finishing just 5% away from 3rd place, the pupils enjoyed their day and the event has possibly given them something to think about with regards to a degree in a Biology related subject and universities generally.

Dr Parkes (Biology)

A thermal image of the Helsby High School Biology Competition team.

A thermal image of the Helsby High School Biology Competition team.

Bryony and Lucy identifying invertebrates.

Bryony and Lucy identifying invertebrates.

Peel Energy visit to Helsby High School.

Muir Miller and Stephen Snowdon from Peel Energy visited Helsby High School on Friday 26 June 2015 to listen to students’ views on the Frodsham Marshes Windfarm and their ideas on how the community fund should be allocated.

Head Boy Jack Watson said “it is vitally important that the young people of Helsby, Frodsham and the surrounding areas can have their say in how the £3m community fund should be spent.  We are surveying all students in our school and feeding back to Peel Holdings so that their voice is heard.  We will also be displaying our results at the community meetings being held in July.  The students from our school live in the areas that will be affected by the wind farm.  This is their home, now and in the future.”

The school is also encouraging parents, governors, staff and surrounding primary schools to express their views at the forthcoming community meetings during the week beginning 13th July.  Headteacher, Mr Dowler said “There are many projects the fund could be used for that would benefit both the school and the local community.  The Community Fund is a fabulous opportunity for the area and we need to make sure that the views of our young people are taken into account.”

During school time all students have been asked to complete a survey expressing their views on how they think the community fund should be spent.  Helsby High School would also like to hear from parents, governors, staff and local residents.  Have your say by completing the 5 minute survey following the link below by Wednesday 8th July.  The results will be displayed at the community meetings on the following dates:

Frodsham Community Centre 13th July 2.00-7.00pm

Helsby Community Centre 17th July 2.00-7.00pm

Elton Community Centre 18th July 3.00-7.00pm


On Wednesday 24th June Helsby High School Musicians were involved in a Workshop held by the ‘Music for Life’ project.

Over sixty primary school students from our local area participated alongside thirty nine Helsby High students from years seven to nine.

In the afternoon the musicians from ‘Music for Life’ led three separate workshops around the school, one for singers, one for guitarists, and a big band workshop for all other instruments.  It was incredible how quickly the students were able to pick up new tunes and songs, and also how well all the students got on together from year five up to year nine.

After only two hours of rehearsing, the pupils performed in an evening concert in the Sports Hall.  The concert was a huge success and all students involved in the workshops performed; many of them stood up to play solos. We also heard performances from Helsby High School string group, the Junior and Senior Choirs and the Senior and Junior Jazz Bands.

The concert was attended by over one hundred and fifty proud parents and friends and everyone agreed the day had been a really worthwhile and enjoyable experience. Primary school parents also commented on how useful the experience was in preparing the younger pupils for their transition to High school; they enjoyed working in the school with older students and were able to observe the high standard of musicianship found here at Helsby High School.

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Helsby High’s Junior Boys Athletics Team gets to National Final

T&F RD 2 Winners


On Tuesday 16th June there was reason to celebrate as the Helsby High School (recently recognised for the 2nd successive year as one of the top 30 state schools for sport by School Sport Magazine) Junior Boys (Years 7 and 8) qualified for the English Schools Athletic Association Track and Field Cup Final. Thanks to a great team effort the team won the North West region competition as they improved their points score from round 1 by 80 points won by an impressive 27 points.

At Wigan’s Robin Park Arena, 12 schools competed in the North West ‘A’ final with 15 students making the journey from Helsby. Each athlete had to do a track event and a field event or the relay to gain points for the team based on their distance or time which was then combined to get a total score at the end.
At the half way stage after the track events the Helsby boys were leading, averaging an impressive 19 points in each event. However, they still had to score highly in the field events to get the place in the national finals with only one team guaranteed to go through.

After some great throwing, running and jumping Helsby High came out on top to eventually win with 450 points averaging 18 points per event which was the target for this round. It was a fabulous team performance as everyone hit the targets that they had set themselves to achieve this great goal.
Morale is high as they look forward to the national finals at the Bedford Stadium on Saturday 4th July where they hope to go even better and score in the region of 500 points to compete with the best schools in England.

Also in athletics news Jacob Birtles recently won the Junior Boys 800m at the Cheshire Schools Track and Field Championships and has qualified to run in The ESAA National Championships on the 10/11 July at the Gateshead International Stadium.

7NLL Guess the Buttons in the Jar Competition.

The Guessing the Buttons in the jar competition raised over £25 for Interburns and Cancer Research.  Mrs Llewellyn’s form class (7NLL) brought in gifts and prizes and collected money from other Year 7 students.

Thank you to Claire, Emma, Milena and Sarah for all their hard work in raising money for such worthy causes.

Congratulations to Tom and Bobby who made the closest guesses!

Buttons Jar Year 7 Competition

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