At Ark Helenswood Academy we pride ourselves in the quality of our staff. They are, after all, the backbone of the academy and the level of education we provide. As well as the teaching staff the academy also boasts a full quota of support staff.
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Leading an academy is the most important job in the world! I have the opportunity to shape young women's lives for the better, and I enjoy sharing their success both during their time with us at Helenswood Academy and long into the future. The phrase: 'Once a Helenswood Girl, always a Helenswood Girl' rings true for our school. Our students hold their school close to their heart, and my role is to ensure that we provide the best possible environment for them to realise their academic ambitions, whilst having fun and feeling safe. No day is ever the same as a Headteacher, but I particularly enjoy the opportunities that I have to work in classrooms developing outstanding teaching and learning with students and staff; leading assemblies; working with the school council to evaluate and improve our provision; and of course recruiting and developing the very best staff team that we can provide. At Ark Helenswood Academy, every day is an opportunity to 'Inspire, achieve and excel' in all that we do.
Vice Principal - QUALITY ASSURANCE
Having focused on challenging and supporting our students at KS4 and in our sixth form for the last few years, the chance for me to return to Helenswood Academy Lower site, now as a Vice Principal was one not to be missed and has already brought back some great memories from the previous millennium!
My role is centred on ensuring that our students experience high quality teaching throughout their time at Helenswood; with great teaching comes great outcomes.
Like all the staff at Helenswood I want all of our girls (and our sixth form boys) to make the sort of progress at each key stage which will allow them to have real control over their next steps in life.
As well as overseeing the daily running of the lower school site I line manage six of our
foundation faculties, plan the Academy’s CPD programme and support all our staff, regardless of status or experience to move their own practice and that of their colleagues forward. The gift of Wednesday afternoon training for staff has allowed us to really focus on how to raise our standards both inside and outside of the classroom for the benefit of our students.
If I could give our students just one piece of advice that will serve them well throughout their school life it would be this: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and create a new ending. Every day is a new day.” It’s worked for me!
VICE PRINCIPAL - STANDARDS (FUTURE LEADERS)
Teaching is an addictive vocation. Seeing that moment when a student grasps a concept or adjusts a behaviour is the reason why I do this job. My role this year involves ensuring students are performing towards their target grade and that they achieve the best results possible. I enjoy working with teachers to ensure they are delivering high quality, bespoke lessons to ensure they inspire students to achieve and excel beyond their believed capabilities.
Being a Maths teacher I enjoy analysing the data on students’ performance and ensuring they know what they need to do to succeed, and through hard work I know this success can become a reality. My main responsibilities this year are:
- Target setting
- Reporting to parents
- Using student data to inform planning
- Ensure assessments are carried out
- Ensure assessments are moderated
- Line manage the Maths faculty
Assistant Principal - EXTERNAL PARTNERSHIPS
My role is to ensure that the students at Helenswood Academy have the best opportunities to achieve outstanding progress in their learning. I aim to enable all students to play an active part in lessons, collaborating with staff so that students can thoroughly engage in their lessons and positively participate in their learning.
I work strategically across the academy and with other schools in the area to ensure that members of staff in these institutions have access to high quality professional development programmes and coaching, in order to continue to improve outcomes for young people. The programmes I am responsible for coordinating and facilitating will continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning, and also leadership and management at all levels across Helenswood and schools in the local area.
Heads of Year
- Mrs H Phillips - Head of Year 7
- Miss C Ward - Head of Year 8
- Mrs C Brand - Head of Year 9
- Mrs T Nugent - Head of Year 10
- Miss J Atkin - Head of Year 11