Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre


Teaching and Learning: the heart of our school

At Hellesdon High School, our guiding principle is to offer a quality education to every student. We believe that a quality education is one rich in knowledge from a broad range of subjects. This prepares our students to be life-long learners and helps them to achieve success. 

We are equally ambitious for learning in all subjects, and for all students. In lessons, we spend time making sure that our students don't just know the important content of the curriculum, but can also remember it later and apply it to new situations or contexts. We assess each student's knowledge at key points in the year to help us to understand what they can remember, and what they need to learn next. This assessment takes a variety of forms - from a quick quiz in class or teacher observation, to a practical demonstration or a formal exam.

Hellesdon High School is committed to an evidence informed approach in our classroom practice, based around explicit teaching of new ideas followed by high quality practice. This approach will give our students the best possible chance of making excellent progress during their time with us.

In Years 7, 8 & 9 students study a common curriculum comprised of timetabled lessons in Art, Computing, Drama, Design & Technology, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, PE, PSHE, RE, Science and MFL (French/Spanish).

In Years 10 & 11 students study a broad core of subjects including English, Maths, Science, PE, and PSHE and four additional subjects allocated through the options process.  All students must study a humanity subject to GCSE and approximately 50% of each cohort are directed to study a language at GCSE (as part of the options process in Year 9).

In Year 12 students will be able to select from a range of subjects. The option choices are designed to allow students the maximum possible opportunity to progress towards either Higher Education or a career in a suitable profession.

How do we meet the requirements of the 16 – 19 study programme?

Hellesdon High School & Sixth Form’s programme consists of a Level 3 programme. The Level 3 programme is composed mostly of academic qualifications and many students study facilitating subjects. We also offer a number of vocation/applied courses.

  • Young people who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 in maths and/or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme

All students who do not hold a grade 4 in maths and/or English are required to undertake compulsory lessons in these subjects.  These are timetabled on their individual programme of Study

  • All study programmes should include work experience and non-qualification activities which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education or to employment. The non-qualification activity should develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence.

Students in our Sixth Form are expected to take part in a number of activities which provide them with opportunity to develop a range of “soft skills”.

  • Tutor/ Mentor time is used effectively to discuss a range of important issues and develop key skills;
  • Every student in Year 12 takes part in the National Citizenship Programme (NCS)
  • A full, weekly Conference programme is planned with guest speakers from universities charities and local/national industry.
  • All students receive careers and future planning support including a bespoke UCAS/university preparation and support with Apprenticeship applications.