On Thursday 26 September 2019, Helsby High welcomed hundreds of families into the school to meet with staff and pupils.
Families heard from the Headteacher, Mr Hill and the Transition Coordinator, Mrs Tobin who explained the Key values on which the school prides itself and some of the support offered to parents, carers and Year 6s as they transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.
In addition to hearing from Mr Hill and Mrs Tobin, a hall full of families listened to the experiences of a Year 7 and Year 8 student who talked about how the transition process and extra-curricular opportunities have helped them to develop their soft skills. The talks were concluded by 2 members of our 6th Form Leadership team who spoke positively about their experiences, both socially and academically at Helsby High School. All four students who spoke were a credit to themselves, their families and us.
As well as listening to the talk in the Main Hall, families were treated to interactive activities in all curriculum areas. Upon leaving the school that evening, many spoke about how they had enjoyed producing artwork, or carrying out scientific experiments. Lots of our visitors complimented the students on the cakes they had produced as part of the European Bake-off and which were consumed by our visiting families in the MFL department.
It was lovely to welcome back so many former pupils, now parents themselves, here to look at how Helsby can support their children.
We appreciate that evenings like these are only successful because of the visitors who take the time to come and look around, and so our thanks go to everybody who attended.
Helsby High is proud to be recognised as an Autism Inclusive School. This demonstrates Helsby’s continued commitment to understanding autism and setting the standard for autism practice. We were awarded this based on fulfilling criteria set out by Cheshire West and Chester’s Education Autism Service and completing their Autism Service Social Communication Programme. This programme included embedding regular good practice into all aspects of the school and was monitored and evaluated by the Autism Service.
We implement many strategies school wide so all our pupils with autism feel safe and in the most comfortable learning environment possible. All lessons adhere to the following 5 ASC-friendly strategies to help us achieve this:
- If expecting pupils to get into their own groups, each teacher will have a strategy for any students who could potentially be “left out”.
- Visual cues are present in each classroom for getting resources out and packing them away.
- Pupils who may struggle are not put on the spot when being asked to contribute during a lesson.
- The learning environment is tidy and organised.
- The routine at the beginning of a lesson is made clear.
We are very proud to have received this Kitemark and strive to constantly evaluate and improve our practice so that all learners can have the very best experience.
As part of our charity and community work at Helsby High School, we held a MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27 September 2019. We opened our doors and had an open invite to the wider community to come and visit the school, whilst helping to raise money for this worthy cause. Year 10 students from the Food Technology Department baked a number of cakes, under the watchful eye of Mrs Wroblewski that went down a treat!
The Year 11 Student Leaders were also on hand to serve tea/coffee and cake to our visitors who all commented on the welcoming atmosphere they experienced. During the coffee morning, we started the launch of our 70th Anniversary Celebrations and welcomed some past students of Helsby High School to be guests of honour. Watch out for further updates on our 70th Anniversary events.