Science Hero Mr Shipley Cycles for STEM

Cycling for Science

Thank you to our cycling hero, Science teacher Mr Shipley. Before half term he arranged a competition to see how far he could cycle during one lunchtime. Students and staff guessed the distance and cheered him on in the break out space.

The final time was 22.72Km in 40 minutes. Student 1st prize goes to Evie Putnam 11GTH and 2nd prize goes to Felix Mosson 13SRA. Staff 1st prize goes to Mrs R Walker.

Mr Shipley raised £270 for STEM projects which will fund the GO4SET Year 9 Engineering project. Go4SET is a 10 week project where students have to come up with a practical solution to a problem. Past projects have been “energy consumption in your school” and “design an eco-hotel”. The team will be working with an engineer from a local company.



Year 12 Students visit World Leading Manufacturer JCB

Named after the founder Joseph Cyril Bamford. They are Market Leaders, Innovators, Family Business, Kanban experts, Investors in Education for Engineers and Business Students!

This week, students in Helsby High School Year 12 Business and Engineering visited the JCB manufacturing plant in Uttoxeter. The story of JCB is one of innovation, ambition and sheer hard work and these are the exact attributes that will help A Level Business and Engineering students achieve and succeed in their chosen fields!

During the visit students learnt about the advantages to business of still being a Private Limited Company, the innovations and developments over the year, and the changes in corporate strategy. They toured the factory and saw first hand the personalised flow production used by JCB and the lean production methods that help them to maintain their leadership position.

Well done to all students that took part in the educational tour and witnessed the manufacturing of a business that has over 50% market share in a world-wide market! Such is JCB’s competitive advantage that they have even managed to persuade President Trump to use JCB in his military instead of USA rival Caterpillar!!


Model UN Visit

Helsby Model UN trip to LSE YouthMUN

From the 8th-10th of February, myself and 3 other students from Helsby Sixth Form’s Model United Nations Club travelled to the London School of Economics to take part in YouthMUN, a 3-day Model United Nations conference, to discuss ways to combat Neo-colonialism in Africa and promote growth on the continent.

For the past few decades’ African nations have been exploited by global superpowers through a form of new colonialism, or as it was coined by Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah, Neo-colonialism. Countries like China, France, Japan, the UK and the USA have bought up large areas of land, engaged in high cost predatory loans and have capitalized on the wealth of natural resources that are abundant on the continent – all at the expense of the poorer African nations.

It’s easy to forget that over the dissonant racket of domestic policy and Brexit negotiations, there are global issues like Neo-colonialism that need global solutions through global governance. This is where the United Nations steps in, specifically in the case of Neo-colonialism, the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (SPECPOL) which is the UN’s Fourth Committee.

Model UN simulates meetings of UN conferences; delegates represent countries who sit on these committees and advocate their national position. The four of us attended the SPECPOL conference with Rebecca K representing Qatar, Tom G representing Spain, Joseph M representing Sweden and myself representing Jordan.  

For three days we engaged in heated debate alongside other students, discussing how to prevent and manage the plethora of issues in Africa, such as mineral exploitation and corruption; whilst still allowing African nations to receive the aid and investment that is pivotal for development. The issue of maintaining national sovereignty was of paramount importance, so as delegates we had to tactfully negotiate changes in domestic policy in African nations without infringing upon their right of free governance.

This was our first Model UN conference outside of school, so at first it was challenging especially when were we debating alongside some of the top schools in the country (we were the only state school attending!). But through our dedicated preparation resulting in binders full of research and data, we were able to excel in the competitive environment and effectively promote constructive ideas of reform on the continent.

Model UN has been incredibly helpful in improving our public speaking as well as our ability to put forward coherent academic arguments, which will no doubt help us in our future studies. There has been unanimous consensus that MUN will be something we will continue to do at university level and that YouthMUN has given us more than adequate preparation for future conferences. The knowledge we have gained on the issue of Neo-colonialism has been invaluable in improving our understanding of global politics.  

A special thanks must be given to the Sixth Form History and Politics department, especially Mrs M Marvin our MUN coordinator for the trip, for providing us with the necessary support and guidance. Although the club is student run, the department has been very helpful in  accommodating the club’s needs. 

As Year 13 students, we are in our last year of study – this is why we would urge younger students from years 10, 11 and 12 to consider taking up Model UN as an extra-curricular activity. Model UN is such a wide ranging, facilitating activity that strengthens skills such as: public speaking, debate, teamwork and negotiation.

If you are a year 10, 11 or 12 student at Helsby and interested in Model UN please speak to Mrs Marvin for details.

Alfie P

Head of Helsby Model UN Club



Inspiring STEM: Year 9 trip to Liverpool University

in School News | By Andy Morfett,

Earlier this year, a group of Year 9 students had a fabulous day at Liverpool university taking part in Science Engineering and Maths team building activities. Thank you to Mrs Rogers for organising the trip and well done to our students for winning the Maths challenge below.

Dangerous Dragon Maths Quiz

The pupils first completed the dangerous dragon maths quiz, where for a full hour the pupils battled against each other to complete as many maths questions as they could. Well done to Ben Semple, Tom Furlong, Betty Fisher and Emma Waby for winning the event.

Bionic Engineering

Pupils were given the task of manufacturing a new hip replacement. The pupils first worked out the correct measurements of volume, density and mass of the required parts. They then forged a femoral stem and moulded a socket (see picture). They then connected the parts and created the new hip. The final stage for the pupils was to saw the femur to the correct size so the legs would be the same length.

Behind Anenome Lines

The pupils were invited into a lab where on the desks were tanks containing multiple sea creatures including crabs, anenome and shrimps. One group of pupils transferred a crab and a shrimp to a new tank and monitored their behaviour. Another group of pupils were squirting water at anenomes to see how they reacted. A further group were attempting to name the parts of a creature that were labelled and describe what the parts do. The creature was revealed to be a ‘tardigrade’ or ‘water bear’.


Introducing the new Year 7 2019 Buddy Team

The role of the Year 7 Buddy is one that not only supports but also enhances the induction opportunities for Year 6. Throughout the spring and summer term the Year 7 Buddies will be actively involved in various events and visits. The feedback in 2018 from Primary Schools, Year 6 students and their parents was overwhelmingly positive.

One parent stated in July 2018, ‘Your Year 7 Buddies have been excellent role models and represented Helsby High School in an excellent light, as a result my child can’t wait to join in September.’

We are looking forward to seeing the team being excellent ambassadors for Year 7 and fulfilling their role in a mature, responsible and efficient manner.

Ms Simmonds & Miss Wilkes