Year 6 Open mornings.


Thursday 25th September 2014:

Year 6 Open Evening 5.30pm till 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 Mrs Marvin, 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 6th October 2013 & Monday 13th October 2014:

Year 6 Open Mornings 9.15am till 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 Mrs Marvin, 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



We are delighted to inform you that a team of three Year 7 students were recently selected to form a school team which were filmed for the new series of CBBC Ultimate Brain.

Oliver A, Thomas M and Orla M will appear in episode five, which will be broadcast on CBBC on Saturday 9th August @ 9am. The reserve who was also equally committed was Isla B.

In May the team of Year 7 students were supported by Mr Wise, Mr Jankowski and Mr Shipley in their preparations which included an ‘Ultimate Brain Creative Task Brief.’ The Year 7 students had only a few hours to create an invention in response to a Science based problem!

The students have recently spoken in Year 7 Assembly about this exciting experience as the show was filmed live in Cardiff over May Half Term. The Helsby High School Team competed against another school who had been given the same task brief, you will have to watch on Saturday 9th August @ 9am to find out who won……………

Celebration of Sport Evening.

We recently held our first Celebration of Sport Evening which proved to be a great success with fantastic attendance from students, parents and invited guests. The evening comprised of the presentation of awards, addresses from guest speakers together with videos and images of our athletes in action.

The Awards

There were a number of awards given to both boys and girls of all key stages in a variety of categories. This more elite evening runs alongside our sports assemblies that celebrate sport at all levels. The categories were:

  • Achievement in sport performed outside of school (sponsored by Helsby Golf Club)
  • Leadership award (sponsored by GrowHow)
  • Achievement in each of our five main sports (basketball, netball, football, cross-country and athletics)
  • Team of the Year (sponsored by Dennis Evans)
  • Fitness award (sponsored by Helsby Parish Council)
  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Most Improved

Guest Speakers

There were three guest speakers during the evening who delivered addresses on how sport has positively impacted on their lives.

B4Ms Anna Jackson (former GB Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball player) spoke first sharing her inspirational story on her rise to the top in her chosen sport and how she didn’t allow her limitations to interfere with striving to be the best.

Mr Luke Candler (ex pupil) spoke about his experiences in school, performing in different sports teams and taking ‘A’ Level PE, that inspired him to study Sports Psychology at University in Leeds. This led him to becoming involved with martial arts and saw him move to London and open his own business. He recognised that the opportunities that he was given at school gave him a firm foundation to continue with sport when he left and to set up his own successful business.


BDevan Bailey with Snoop Dogg! Mr Devan Bailey (ex pupil and Cheshire Phoenix and Great Britain basketball player) spoke about how school gave him the fire and determination to follow his dream of being a top basketball player. He recognised that with hard work and determination he could be the best and this resulted in him gaining a scholarship to America to further his ambition and dream. It was here that he received a wake up call on how much more he had to find to reach the standard of his American counterparts, “I found out how good I wasn’t!” Using lessons learned at Helsby he re-doubled his efforts to go on to become a professional player and represent his country. Devan currently plays for Chester Phoenix in the BBL and was the fans’ player of the year last season.


During the evening there were a number of videos to show the nominees for the ‘Team of the Year Award’ (U16 girls’ football, junior boys’ cross-country and the U14 boys’ basketball team) as well as the ‘Achievement Outside of School Award’. This allowed for a change in the format of the evening and the videos were edited in a way to take a more humorous view of our excellent sports stars whilst enabling to see their level of skill and to learn more about their achievements.

Special thanks must go to Mr Mellor and his lower sixth media students who worked very hard on recording and editing these videos ready for the evening.

In addition, Franky D (lower sixth) played an excellent role in obtaining the images of the award winners and controlling the viewing order during the evening.


Sports Leaders – Kieran E                                 – Jack B                                 – Beth M                                 – Ella C

There were many pupils who assisted with the evening aside to the ones mentioned above. Sadly, due to restrictions on the website, it not possible to mention their full names. Without these pupils the evening would not have run so well. Special thanks to:

Media students – Aoife N                                 – Satch H                                 -Harry M                                 – San T                                 – Johnny R

Photographers – Freya I                                 -Megan M                                 – Alice L



List of Sponsors

Most of the award winners were received a certificate, gift voucher, medal/shield to keep and a trophy/shield to be kept in school. This would not have been possible without the very generous donations of some of our local businesses below:

Helsby Golf Club

Encirc Logistics

Loxley Hall

The Courtyard Cheshire



Heathercliffe Residential Care Home

Helsby Parish Council


Mr Dennis Evans (former Head of PE)

Thanks to parents

We must take this opportunity to thank parents for their on-going support in taking their children to and from fixtures and training regularly. It was great to see so many parents and family members supporting the evening.

Video sample and pictures of award winners

Please see below the award winners:

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Nathan and Sasha at the North West School Science Prize at Daresbury Labs.

In May I wrote a 500 word entry for the North West Science competition, in which I had to give points about why I liked science. As well as being the first person to submit their entry I was picked out of the 100 plus people who entered to be a finalist along with 15 other Year 9 pupils. I then went to Daresbury laboratory and gave a two minute presentation about science, in which I talked about my love for science and all the enjoyable extra-curricular science activities, such as the Crest award that the school has allowed me to do. After everyone had given their presentation Sasha Geim, the daughter of Professor Andre Geim gave a talk on her Dad’s Nobel Prize for Physics which he won in 2010 for the discovery of graphene. She talked about the properties of the material and its real world uses. Even though I didn’t win I really enjoyed it as I have built up a huge amount of confidence as well as learnt so much and would recommend it to any Year 9 pupil interested in science.


Changes in grouping statement.

Changes in grouping statement –

17th July 2014

In response to the GCSE reform for 2015 the school has decided to change groupings in Year 9 for both English and Mathematics. We are creating smaller classes to enable us to prepare students for very significant changes to the GCSE qualification.

We will continue to keep you updated on the changes to GCSE and will give you a more detailed update after the Examination Board specifications have been accredited by Ofqual.

English grouping statement

From September 2014 students in Year 8 in English will be grouped into four classes on both Orange and Yellow. These groups are broadly based on ability. Students in Years 9 and 10 will be grouped into five classes in both Orange and Yellow. They will be grouped into 3 bands, 1, 2 and 3 with two classes in both bands 1 and 2. Once again the classes are broadly based on ability.

Mathematics grouping statement

From September 2014 students in Year 8 will be grouped into four classes on both Orange and Yellow. These groups are based on ability. Students in Years 9 and 10 will be grouped into five classes in both Orange and Yellow. As in previous years the classes are based on ability.

Other subjects grouping statement

There are no changes in the grouping of students in other subjects. Where changes of group have been recommended by their teachers, parents will be informed by letter.

A Summer Evening of Jazz.

A Summer Evening of Jazz
Alexanders Live, Rufus Court, Chester
Sunday 20 July
7.30 for 8pm
£5 (tickets on the door)

Jazz Band Cathedral

Go4SET Celebration and Assessment Day

Six year nine students have now completed the Go4SET project over the last three months. The scheme was launched in April at Daresbury Laboratories by the Engineering Design Trust.

The team from Helsby were linked with Scottish Power and have been helped by two of their apprentices throughout the process.

The student’s project was to look into ‘Energy in our School’ and they researched various methods of alternative production of electricity. They finally decided on trying to harness the energy from rainfall in drainpipes.

Models were designed, produced, tested and modified during the three months resulting in a final model which produced a voltage of just over 0.5V.

The final model was presented to a panel of engineers at Daresbury Laboratories as part of the Celebration and Assessment Day for the project.







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All-Star Basketball Game 2014.

The annual Students vs. Staff/All-Star basketball game was again a great success raising over £100 for sports equipment at the Nyakatukura Memorial Secondary School in Uganda.

The staff eventually ran out 50-45 winners in a game that was close throughout. This was despite the absence of Devan Bailey who had been called up to the Great Britain squad earlier in the day and had to travel to a training camp in Worcester.

Many thanks to all who attended for creating such an exciting atmosphere and the U14 basketball team for showing an excellent attitude and no small amount of skill. Thanks must also go to the staff who played and also the staff supervising the crowd. Finally a huge thank you to our All-Stars; old-boys Richie Hargreaves and Kyle Squire (playing his last game before moving to the U.S.A. to take up a basketball scholarship at Post University), and special guest Cheshire Phoenix star David Aliu.

David Aliu

David Aliu

Year 7 to Year 9 Activity Days 2014.

On Thursday 17th & Friday 18th July 2014 all of the pupils will be off timetable to participate in Activity Week.


Year 7

Students will take part in two Cultural Diversity days. This is an annual event which allows all students the chance to experience a new range of activities in school.

Sessions include: African Drumming, Mancala, Mandala, Celtic Jewellery Making, Croissant Making, Le Senegal, Fairtrade, Native American Artwork, Bunraku Puppet and MMM2.

Students will need to bring pencil cases with pens, pencils and crayons etc for using in these sessions. Students can wear their own clothes but they must be suitable for school and for drama and craft activities.

On Friday Period 5 students will be out on the school field watching a BMX Stunt team, please make sure students are dressed suitably for the weather e.g. students may need to bring hats and sun tan lotion if it is a hot day.

Year 8

Students will take part in two Healthy Living Days. The theme is that eating the right balance of a wide range of foods will provide most people with all the energy and nutrients they need in the correct proportions. The aim is that pupils should recognise that a balanced diet, together with regular physical activity, can help people maintain a healthy body weight and may reduce their chance of developing diet related illnesses such as heart disease.

Pupils will take part in numerous activities. They will, amongst other things, take part in fitness related activities and a variety of different challenges.

As these days include aspects of exercise and fitness, pupils will be allowed to wear sports/leisure clothes. This includes track suits, tee shirts and proper school training shoes. It does not include fashion/leisure clothes such as jeans, halter neck or strappy tops, sandals or very short shorts. These will not be allowed. If your child attends school in inappropriate clothes then they will not be allowed to take part.

I would also suggest that your child brings in sun tan lotion and a hat if it is hot and also a drink in a plastic bottle that may be refilled during the day. The pupils will also need to bring in writing materials.

I hope your child has an enjoyable two days and gains valuable knowledge during the course of the activities.


Year 9

Year 9 will be participating in a number of activities around the theme of World War I Centenary. They will participate in various sessions ranging from code-breaking to propaganda posters. An outside theatrical company has been hired to deliver a thought provoking play during Period 1 on Thursday.

Students will need to bring pencil cases with pens and pencils for using in these sessions. Students can wear their own clothes but they must be suitable for school.

The North West Big Bang Science Fair 2014

Twelve pupils from years 9, 10 & 11 attended the North West Big Bang Science Fair held at Aintree race course on the 8th July. The pupils were entering their work in the North West heats of the National Science & Engineering Competition. Emily, Willow, Maisie & Katie presented their work on ‘An alternative fuel to get to school’, while Nathan detailed his results from the investigation ‘Is there acid rain falling on Helsby?’. Emily and Nathan then swapped projects to join Ben, Mustafa, Ben and Sam for judging on the project ‘Generation of electricity using water turbines in drainpipes’. Jonathan, in Year 10, presented his work on his ‘Helping Hand’ while Alice & Lucy, who have just completed their G.C.S.E. examinations, were presenting ‘What is the best hairspray?’.

All the projects were subjected to rigorous judging, with each group having to field questions from two judges each during a 20 minute period. All of them did a fantastic job and presented their work expertly and with confidence.

After all the hard work from everyone the projects ‘Generation of electricity using water turbines in drainpipes’ and ‘Helping Hand’ were shortlisted for a sponsors prize, however, missed out narrowly to the competition. It was better news for Alice & Lucy’s hairspray as they successfully negotiated the North West heats and were invited to attend the National finals of the Science & Engineering Competition. This is the second year in a row that Helsby High School has had a representative at the National Finals, at which the best projects in the United Kingdom are presented and the Young Scientist of the Year chosen.




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The School Uniform Shop will close on Monday 21st July and re-open on 1st and 2nd September between 9.00am and 12noon. Orders placed on line during the holiday period will be dealt with in September.