General Election.


Year 13 students enjoyed the opportunity to engage in the General Election campaign on Tuesday 21st April. The students, who will be voting for the first time, met candidates for the Weaver Vale constituency – Chris Copeman (Green Party), Graham Evans (Conservatives), Julia Tickridge (Labour) and Joe Whyte (TUSC), as well as Eddisbury representatives Ian Priestner (Liberal Democrat) and Rob Millington (UKIP).

The students asked questions on issues including education, how to tackle the deficit and how to make Parliament more representative of society as a whole.

Year 13 student and first time voter Will felt that “it was a highly informative session, which helped inform us about the candidates’ views on local and national issues. It has sparked debate between students who up until this point, had not been engaged by politics.”

Beth, also in Year 13, is now looking forward to the election: “It gave me a good insight into what each of the candidates believes in and has helped me make up my mind how I’m going to vote.”

Mr Duffell, Director of 6th Form added: “All of our Year 13 students have registered to vote, and we are delighted that they have had the opportunity to meet the election candidates and listen to their views on issues which are important to first time voters. I would also like to thank all of the candidates for contributing to what was undoubtedly an informative and enjoyable event.”


Staffing update

Following 18 years as Deputy Headteacher at Helsby High School, Mr Capstick is planning to take early retirement from 31 May 2015.

On behalf of everyone at Helsby High School, I would like to express my thanks to Mr Capstick for all his hard work, commitment and loyalty to our school since he joined in September 1997.
The School has placed a national advert for a new Deputy Headteacher.

Other news
We would like to wish Mrs H Darlington well as she begins her maternity leave. Mr S Jankowski is covering her Head of Biology role and Mr J Callaghan will be Acting Year Leader for Year 8.

Mr J Dowler

Year 11 English revision sessions.

Spelling Bee

On Wednesday 18th March 4 of our best French spellers spent the afternoon at Manchester Metropolitan University to take part in the regional final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee. This put them in the top 100 French spellers in the North West.

As part of the Spelling Bee, students had been learning to spell words, quickly, in French using the French alphabet. On the day they were given 60 seconds to correctly spell as many words as they could in front of an audience of teachers and students – it was very tense!

All four students gave it their best shot (each spelling between 7 and 13 words correctly in one minute) but unfortunately didn’t quite make it through to the final. They did however get a brilliant goodie bag and some great food from Routes into Languages and have some great ideas for helping next year’s entrants.

April Student Profiles

in Featured | By Mr S Edwards,

Your child’s April Student Profile is now available in SIMS Learning Gateway via the school website.

Please contact Miss Oscroft at the school if you have any problems accessing SIMS Learning Gateway.

Merseyside Young Analysts Competion.

Merseyside Young Analysts Competion. Three year 12 A level Chemistry students took part in the Young Analysts Competition at University of Liverpool on Saturday 7th March.
The event involved them completing a volumetric analysis on the free chlorine and copper content of swimming pool water. They did really well scoring full marks on one of the three sections of laboratory work. The event also gave them the opportunity to use a spectrophotometer and attend an interesting lecture on chemistry in the supermarket.


Very Successful Careers Convention.

Very Successful Careers Convention

On Thursday 26th March the Helsby High School Careers Convention took place, with over 50 exhibitors explaining their career areas to our students in different parts of the school.  The evening was very successful, with many upper school students and their families coming to speak to the exhibitors and staff at the event.

This year we had such a large number of exhibitors it was possible for many students to investigate a number of career areas and not just one.  From accountants and lawyers to apprenticeship providers and universities most career areas were represented in some format.

Many of the exhibitors commented on how well the students presented themselves when asking questions about their career areas.  They were also very complimentary on how motivated the students were to find out more information.  The vast majority of students who attended on the night really felt that they gained valuable information from the exhibitors, along with some of the free promotional pens and key rings being given away!

One Exhibitor stated that the students who attended the event were “very polite and were very keen to ask questions”

Year 11 student, Iona J said “I thought the event was very informative and it has helped me to gain a better insight into the different courses that are available at University. It has motivated me to work hard during my exams to get the grades I need to make the next step”

On behalf of Helsby High School I would like to thank all of the exhibitors who gave up their own time to come and speak with our students and also thank all of the students who attended and represented the school in such an excellent manner.

The next Careers Convention will take place in 2017.

Mr A Shelton

Head of Work Related Learning

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Parental Workshop.

Parental workshop for GCSE English Wednesday 1st April in E1.  Please email Mrs C Taylor,, if you would like to attend and have not already registered your interest.

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