Year 7 and Year 12 Pastoral Information Evening

On Tuesday 11th October parents and carers of Year 7 and Year 12 pupils have been invited to attend a short pastoral meeting in school with Form Tutors. Year 7 will be based in the Main Hall and Year 12 in the Breakout Area. The meeting has been arranged by Form Tutors and will provide parents and carers with the opportunity to talk about how their child has settled into their new Key Stage. We would also strongly encourage students to attend this event with their parents and carers.

On this evening, in A1, Mrs Parr, Deputy Headteacher and Mr Ford, Network Manager will be available to discuss SLG (SIMS Learning Gateway) and SMHW (Show My Homework) which will provide parents and carers with online access to vital information about their child’s attendance, homework, behaviour and assessment. This is a drop in service, no appointment is needed.

In addition to Form Tutors, key members of staff will also be available to answer any questions, these include:

Year 12:
Mr Duffell (Director of Sixth Form) and Mrs Robinson (Year 12 Leader)

Year 7:
Ms Simmonds (Key Stage Leader) and Mr Eaton (Year 7 Leader).

Fire alarm on Monday afternoon

The fire alarm was activated shortly after the end of the school day and the staff and students still in school evacuated the premises swiftly. A small fire was extinguished by a member of staff, the cause of which has been determined. There has been some minor damage to the room but nothing which would affect the learning of students, so school will be open tomorrow as usual.

Year 10 Information Evening

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

The Year 10 Information Evening on Wednesday 21st September had an excellent turn-out from parents and carers of our students in Year 10. During the evening the Key Stage 4 Pastoral Team highlighted the various methods of support that are offered to our young people in Year 10 and 11 at Helsby High School, as this can be a very stressful time for them.

Helsby High School’s new Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Tobin introduced herself and explained the role she has in supporting students at Key Stage 4. This was then supported by the Departmental Leaders of Science, English and Maths, who gave more specifics details on the content of their subjects and the changes due to the new style GCSE that has been brought in.

Feedback from parents and carers on the night was very positive. If any parent or carer has any further questions in regard to the information explained on the evening they should contact the school via the email address.


Mr J Cooney

Y9-10 English Newsletter

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

GCSE English: What is your child studying this term?

Y10: This term pupils will be starting with work on Unseen Poetry and will also begin their study of some of the Anthology poems. Both of these elements are in preparation for Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry which will be their end of year 10 examination. At the end of September all pupils will commence their study of their first set text which will be their modern text. Teachers will choose from a range of texts; those studied at Helsby high school are: Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and Lord of the Flies by William Golding, your child’s teacher will inform them on which text they have chosen. Texts need to be purchased by pupils so they can annotate them.  Pupils will complete their study of the modern text by Christmas and will also complete an assessment on the text. Students have settled into their new groups and staff  have been impressed by the work, responses and engagement with the lessons. The new groups are having a positive effect on attitudes to learning and the self-esteem of all pupils regardless of ability.

Y11: All pupils will be studying their 19th century novel this term. Teachers have chosen from a range of texts and your child will be studying either: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. If your child finds reading the text a challenge you could encourage them to try listening to the audio version, there are many available for free online.

Pupils will complete a Paper 1 Literature exam for their PPE in November. This paper has 2 sections, Section A: Shakespeare Play and Section B: 19th Century Prose.

In Language lessons pupils will be alternating their studies of Paper 1 and 2 on a 2 weekly basis to ensure they are well prepared for the November PPE which will be examination of both Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing and Paper 2: Writer’s viewpoints and Perspectives.

For both Language & Literature the English department will run revision sessions. Language will be on Tuesdays 3.15-4.15pm & Literature will be on Thursdays 3.15-4.15pm. These sessions will commence on Wednesday 5th October and continue until the examinations which are:

Literature paper 1 Shakespeare & 19th Century Literature: 22nd May 2017

Literature paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry : 26th May 2017

Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing: 6th June 2017

Language Paper 2 Writer’s viewpoints and Perspectives: 12th June 2017

If you would like further information on either qualification please go to: for English Language and for English Literature.

English in Year 9: What will your child study this half term?

This year the English department have moved to mixed ability teaching. Students have settled into their new groups and staff have been impressed by the work, responses and engagement with the lessons. The new groups are having a positive effect on attitudes to learning and the self-esteem of all pupils regardless of ability. Due to the increased demands of GCSE English your child will be studying more challenging texts this year. This term they will be studying a 19th century novel, either Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Great Expectations by Charles Dickens this study will be complimented by lessons on related poetry and non-fiction. If you would like to support your child’s reading of the text you could consider encouraging them to listen to an audio version, there are many free versions available online.

Your child has just completed a diagnostic test of reading and writing, their class teacher will use the results of these to tests to plans lessons and homework that is tailored to all learners needs. A further assessment will be undertaken in December, this will be a reading paper (Fiction) followed by creative writing (story or description).

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