School Day Changes

Dear Parents/Carers

From Monday 13 May there will be a whole school change to registration and period 1 to allow subject staff to support Year 11 before their morning examinations. Registration will start at 8.45am and finish at 9.15am. Lunchtime will change to 12.20pm til 1.00pm and period 4 will now be at 1.05pm til 2.05pm – this will allow afternoon examinations to start at 1.00pm. The school day will revert back to normal on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The attached document outlines the changes.

Kind regards,

Helsby High School

Mr J Cooney
Assistant Headteacher

School Recognised for GCSE Performance

This month the school has received not one, but two accolades for the GCSE results of the Summer 2018 Year 11 cohort. First up was an ‘Educational Outcomes’ award from the Schools, Students and Teachers (SSAT) Network, England’s largest and longest standing network of secondary schools, recognising the fact that the school’s 2018 GCSE results were in the top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment. Following on from that was a letter from Nick Gibb, Schools’ Minister, congratulating the school on the fact that 85% of last year’s Year 11 cohort were entered for a GCSE in Modern Foreign Languages, placing the school in the top 10% of schools in this regard. Please see below to read the full letter.

Mr Hill, Headteacher added: “Once again this is an opportunity to congratulate the school’s Summer 2018 cohort of Year 11 students for the success that they achieved, as well as thanking the teachers, staff, Governors, parents and wider families who supported them so effectively. We already knew how well they had done, but it is still nice to see their achievements recognised nationally, both in terms of the results they achieved and also the curriculum they followed. Hopefully their grades and the subjects they achieved them in will have enabled them to successfully move on to the next stage of their lives since last September.

“Following on from last year’s positive Ofsted report, the largest-ever number of Year 7 students joining the school this September and a recent SSAT award for the school recognising its ‘Climate for Learning’, these accolades highlight the strength and success of the school over the last 12 months and I am delighted to see the hard work of students and staff given the recognition it deserves.”

Helsby students compete in Warhammer semi-finals

“For the first time from Helsby, 4 students competed as a team which made it through the regional round to participate in the Warhammer ‘Kill Team’ semi-finals. They performed extremely well and were very supportive of each other, as well as supporting other less experienced students to compete against them as opponents. They achieved a strong score and only narrowly missed out on progressing to the final round!

Isaac S explains “The semi-finals competition was held at Games Workshop’s Warhammer World in Nottingham. We played on gaming tables in a huge hall with 200-300 students from all over the UK. The staff were really friendly and helped us to learn to play better. Competing against people from other schools – not knowing how good they were going to be or how they might play, was really exciting!’ Isaac S.

All students are very welcome to come and try out the Warhammer Club, which meets in C18 after school every Thursday until 4.30pm. See Mr Jankowski for further details.