Dear Parents/ Carers

Over the summer break the school’s management information has been improved and updated and staff have been trained in its use. Although the impact of this in the short term will not be immediately apparent to parents and carers, over time you will see that the school’s capacity to collect and communicate information about students’ progress will be greatly enhanced.

However, in the short term, parents and carers will not be able to access information on MCAS through the school’s website. It will be replaced by a system called SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) for which parents and carers will need new log in details and guidance on how to make best use of the system.

We hope to have SLG up and running in the next few weeks and we hope this will not have too great an impact on those parents who have found MCAS useful in tracking their son’s and daughter’s progress. We are confident that the new system, once set up, will prove to be an improvement in the way the school communicates with parents and carers.

In the meantime if you have any concerns about your son and daughter in school please contact the relevant Year Leader who will respond or forward the concern to the relevant person.

Yours faithfully

Mr S Capstick and Mrs S Herbert

Helsby High School GCSE Successes 2014

GCSE students at Helsby High School are celebrating another set of excellent examination results.

Provisional analysis indicates that 77% of all students have achieved at least 5 A*-C grades, with 98% achieving at least five A*-G grades. In addition 70% of students achieved 5 A*-C including Maths and English.

Mr John Dowler, Headteacher, commented, “We are delighted that the hard work of our young people has resulted in such an excellent set of GCSE results. Students of all talents and abilities have done extremely well. We would like to say thank you for all the support given by the students’ families but most of all we would like to say well done to our students.”

Particular congratulations go to the 53 students who have achieved at least 5 A*/A grades. 29 students achieved 8 or more A* or A grades in their examinations and they deserve particular congratulations; Shara Blanchard, Emily Booth, Daniel Burnett, Ellen Cropley, Tara Desert, Emily Earps, Lucy Ellis, Andrew Gillott, Eleanor Hart, Sylvia Hayes, Eloise Houghton, Alice Hughes, Scott Jones, Matthew Kilborn, Kate Lancaster, Alexander McArthur, Megan McEveley, Millie Newall, Matthew Nield, Ellie Scarisbrick, Laura Stock-Caldwell, Jack Tudor, Rebecca Tudor, Lauren Usher, Thomas Vaughan, Katherine Vickery, Charlotte Walker Faye Wetherall & Lucy Williams.

GCSE Results

Charlotte Walker, Faye Weatherall, Kate Vickery, Ellen Cropley, Alice Hughes, Lucy Williams, Eloise Houghton, Sylvia Hayes, Millie Newall, Emily Earps, Kate Lancaster, Matthew Nield, Thomas Vaughn, Andrew Gillott, Alexander McArthur, Daniel Burnett and Matthew Kilborn.

A Level Exam Success at Helsby High School Sixth Form

A Level Exam Success at Helsby High School Sixth Form

Summer 2014 A level Results

Another set of excellent examination results. Yet again, Upper Sixth students at Helsby High School are celebrating an outstanding set of A-level results which include results which are well above the national average for A*, A and B grades.

Provisional analysis shows 56% of all grades being at A* to B and 82% of grades being at A* to C. 32% of students achieved at least 2 A* or A grades amongst their results. Overall 98% of grades were at A* to E.

Particular congratulations go to the 15 students who achieved at least 3 A* or A grades as well as all the other students who have worked so hard to produce an excellent set of exam results.

Mr John Dowler, Headteacher, has commented “We are very proud of the outstanding set of exam results produced by our students.  I know how hard they have worked and this, together with the support and guidance from staff and home, has resulted in some fantastic achievements.  I should like to wish all students every success in the future and to thank them for their contributions during their time at Helsby High School.”


Pictured – some of the students who achieved at least 3 A level grades at A* or A in their subjects.



English and Maths Group Statements.

English grouping statement

From September 2014 students in year 8 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 on 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

Students in years 9 and 10 will be grouped into five classes on both Orange and Yellow. As in previous years the classes are based on ability.



The change to groupings in year 9 for both English and Mathematics is in response to the GCSE reform for 2015. 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.

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

Website Article for end of Year 7

Monday morning 21st July 2014 was the Year 7s End of Year Celebration Assembly.


Prizes were given out by Frank Ball (Rotary President for Helsby and Frodsham) to the 10 students who took part in the Year 7 Public Speaking Competition a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to Rotary for all their support and involvement and many of our students will be encouraged to take further opportunities to develop their public-speaking skills through work with Rotary next year.


Mr Park and Miss Clarke recognised the achievements of the Year 7s in PE this year with awards for Male and Female Champion Athletes, Most Improved and Teacher’s Award, and also Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.


Ms Simmonds thanked the eBuddies who have worked so hard to help welcome the Year 6 students who will be joining us in September. She also thanked all the Form Tutors and students for their efforts this year as she passed over to Mr Howe who will be the Key Stage Leader with Year 8 and 9 from September.


Mr Dowler and Mr Jankowski gave out certificates to the 8 top merit scorers in each of the forms. Well done to all the Year 7 students for all their many, many achievements throughout this year. All the best for the summer vacation and as we move forward to Year 8.


Mr Jankowski

Year 7 Year Leader

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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……………

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