Year 11 Stars of the Week

Year 11’s celebrated their final assembly of 2016 with a number of awards presented by Mr Dowler. Students were rewarded for 100% attendance, for working well for the PPEs and for contributing to school in a positive way.

LRC Spring opening times

MONDAY All Years Year 7
TUESDAY All Years All Years
WEDNESDAY All Years KS4 GCSE Revision only
THURSDAY All Years Book Club / Book Quiz


FRIDAY Year 7 All Years

GCSE Science Revision Sessions 2017

GCSE Science Revision Sessions 2017

All students welcome! 
Thursdays 3:15 – 4:30pm. Starting Thursday 12th Jan – Thursday 25th May

Biology in C18 / C23

Chemistry in C65

Physics in C70

See posters in the Science Department for details of the topics being covered each week.

Frodsham Roundtable Donate 10 Chromebooks

The Frodsham Roundtable have very kindly purchased 10 Chromebooks for the pupils of Helsby High School. The Chromebooks will be used by pupils who for a variety of reasons, are unable to access their learning as well without the opportunity to word process. There are pupils with dyspraxia, arthritis, dyslexia and many other conditions who will greatly benefit from the kind generosity of Frodsham Roundtable. Pupils are able to sit their GCSE exams with the use of technology in certain situations where a pupil’s condition meets the criteria of the JCQ. However, they can only do this, if using technology has been their normal way of working inside the classroom. The SENDCo, Emily Tobin said, “we are not trying to replace pen and paper, and in most cases even pupils with serious conditions will be encouraged to write in some subjects. However, in lessons where students are asked to produce longer passages of written work, we find that some pupils are better able to demonstrate their ability when the pressure of writing with a pen is taken away from them.” One pupil sat the same PPE exam with and without the use of a Chromebook and the difference in marks equated to 2 grades. Helsby High School are keen to ensure that any barriers in displaying knowledge, ability and progress are removed for all pupils. One student who is benefiting from Frodsham Roundtable’s kind donation said, “I feel like I can write what is in my head and I don’t feel as stupid, because I can now produce work at the same pace as my peers.”

If your child has a special education need and you would like to know more about the provision provided by Helsby High School, please telephone Mrs Tobin, SENDCo, on 01928 723551.

Parental feedback update Dec 16

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks to those of you who complete our parental voice survey earlier this term. Altogether we had 301 responses from parents with children in Years 7 to 10.

There were 3 main areas covered:

1. School uniform
A majority of respondent said they agreed changes to HHS uniform should be considered. This is something we will also be consulting staff and students on in the next term, before reaching a decision. As pointed out previously, in terms of ensuring we meet the requirements of equality legislation, this is a matter the school will need to consider carefully.

2. Phone use in school
A considerable majority of respondents felt that it would be appropriate to allow students to use their phones in school in a controlled manner. Students already may be asked to use their phone in the classroom under exceptional circumstances agreed and supervised by their teacher.

Next term, we will also canvas views of staff on this matter, and make a decision following this.

3. Rewards Trip
A significant majority of respondents agreed with broadening the scope of such a trip so that all students who met the expectations of the school were eligible to attend, and therefore we intend to proceed on this basis.
Students will be advised early in the new term of the exact requirements with regard to their effort, behaviour and attendance. Whenever attendance is considered, we always take into account the fact that some students have medical conditions which result in significant absences from school.

Once again many thanks for the time spent answering these questions, and for the extended responses too – which are all read and noted.

Kind regards,

Mr P Howe

December 2016

Who Hacked Hugo?!

in School News | By Mr S Edwards,

Throughout the last half term, the Digital Guardians (our online safety group) have been running a murder mystery style competition that the whole school could take part in. The aim of the competition was to find out ‘Who Hacked Hugo?!’ Everyone competed in their form classes and were given a description of Hugo, and a list of potential hackers. Each week, the Digital Guardians gave out two clues to each form class, which all had online safety quiz questions attached. To win the prize, the forms had to answer all of the quiz questions and guess the right hacker.

The questions covered a range of online safety topics, such as safety when gaming online; identity theft and fake profiling; online bullying and intimidation; sexting and its consequences; as well as protecting yourself from viruses and spyware.

We had an overwhelming response to the competition, and the feedback from the form tutors about the discussions that their form classes had around online safety as each clue came out was fantastic. They said that it really got the students thinking about online safety in a different way.

And as for the winning form – the prize went to 9GTH, who got all of the quiz questions right and guessed that it was ‘someone from the year below’ who hacked Hugo! 7AJA came runners up, and both forms enjoyed a big tub of Celebrations as their prize.

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