Important information

Year 7 Parents’ Consultation Evening

I would like to remind you that there will be a Year 7 Parents’ Consultation Evening from 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017. More information at http://arkhelenswood.org/about-us/letters.

Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement

Ark Helenswood is recognised nationally as a school that is at the forefront of arts education. At a crucial time for arts learning in the UK, we continue to recognise the arts as a vital part of our students’ learning and development.

We have been chosen to take part in a major national scheme which will track the effectiveness of arts education and the students’ learning and engagement over a three year period. The programme involves a partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Tate modern and Nottingham University and we have been chosen to take part as a recognition of the high quality arts work that we deliver.

The most recent blog from our first TALE assessor in the school can be read at PDF iconTALE Blog.

Ofsted and performance data

Ark Helenswood Academy hosted a Section 5 inspection on Wednesday 8th July and Thursday 9th July 2015.  The academy was judged to require improvement. The inspection team identified clear action points for areas of whole school improvement, but recognised the good work which the academy is doing to secure an improvement in GCSE and A Level outcomes for all students; a fact which of course has been substantiated in the fantastic GCSE and A Level results reported in August 2015. In particular the report recognises the advances in maths teaching which have taken place since the last inspection in 2011, the exemplary practice in the arts and humanities subjects, and that the work to ensure students’ safety and tackle bullying is good.

To read the report click here.

Further to the full inspection in July 2015 we were pleased to welcome OfSTED back to Ark Helenswood on Wednesday 13th April 2016. The school has been judged to be taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement in order to become good, and a copy of the monitoring visit letter can be read by clicking here.

To read more about the academy:

Key Stage 4 examination results for 2016

Historical examination results

For more information about ARK 6th Form East Sussex, please visit www.ark6thformeastsussex.org.

Progress students make in the sixth form compared to other providers

Value added refers to the progress students make based upon their prior attainment at GCSE. Students at Ark 6th Form make expected progress at the end of Key Stage 5 in academic subjects. Students achieved broadly in line with national averages for value added (50th percentile ALPS Value Added analysis).

In vocational subjects students make good progress at the end of Key Stage 5 (65th percentile ALPS Value Added Analysis).

Individual subject breakdown (end of Key Stage 5)

Average grade that students achieve in the sixth form

  • In 2015/16 students at the end of Key Stage 5 achieved an average grade of C+
  • Progress made in English and Maths

English

  • In 2015/16 there were 2 entries without GCSE English (both had prior attainment of a D from Year 11)
  • 2 candidates re-sat GCSE English in 2015/16 in Year 12

 

 

Maths

  • In 2015/16 there were 6 candidates without GCSE maths (all had prior attainment of a D from Year 11)
  • 6 candidates re-sat GCSE Maths in 2015/16 in Year 12

Retention

In 2015/16 student retention at the end of Key Stage 5 was 96% from a total of 88 starts with 4 students withdrawing after 12/10/2015. This figure is slightly above the national average.

Student progression

In 2015/16 at the end of Key Stage 5 74% of students progressed into further/higher education. 20% of university applicants secured places at Russell Group institutions. 11% took up employment as an apprentice with 15% moving into employment without training.

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Performance Data

The Department for Education's school performance data for the school can be found by clicking here

Our Ofsted data dashboard can be found here