Important information

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.


At Ark Helenswood we believe that pupils can learn as much outside the classroom as inside and that extra-curricular activities provide a great opportunity for enrichment of your daughter’s school experience. We therefore place strong emphasis on providing a broad range of extra-curricular activities which will appeal through our programme of clubs.

Clubs at Ark Helenswood include drama, choir, football, dance, and many more. Our wide range of club activities allows students to develop existing interests, promote new skills and confidence, and support curricular learning. Virtually all activities are free.

We would like your support in ensuring that your daughter has made adequate provision for transport home following after school activities. A register is taken for all clubs so we are able to confirm your daughter’s attendance at any time via the main school telephone numbers.

Please see our clubs leaflet for more information:

Model United Nations (MUN)

Ark Helenswood and Ark 6th Form East Sussex students regularly represent the academy at national MUN events.

The activity is a role play of the United Nations and students act as delegates from different countries and discuss world issues in committees and in General Assembly. This can involve speaking in front of large numbers of people and answering any questions they may have.

We are seeking to recruit new students from year 10 and year 12 who would be interested in getting involved in MUN. If you would like to find out more, then please click here to email Miss Hinds (English & Communications Faculty).