Students and staff enjoyed a magnificent Last Day Assembly. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you back soon!

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Our Year 7 and 8 students are enjoying their annual Reward Party for their excellent attendance and behaviour.

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We had a fabulous day out at Chessington World of Adventures, even the staff were brave enough to go on the rides.

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While many students were away at Chessington today, the rest had a fun-filled activity day filming news and weather, making balloon hats and creating live art.

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Our Summer Arts Festival was an amazing showcase of English speeches, musical and drama performances, gymnastics and Art, Photography & DT exhibitions.

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Building spaghetti bridges, safely dropping eggs, solving cryptic puzzles, exploding film-roll canisters and a guest speaker from Drallim all formed part of our amazing STEM Day today.

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Our Duke of Edinburgh students used the windy weather to develop their tent building and stove lighting skills.

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Sports Day 2018 was another highlight of the incredible sporting potential of our amazing students. Champions in the making!

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The one and only annual Intergroup Dance competition took place this week with some stunning displays.

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What a week! We visited one of the most beautiful bays in the world in Santander, we saw the famous Cantabrian brown bears at Cabárceno Zoo and we went up the cable car to the top of the Picos de Europa mountains… now we need a siesta! - Miss Harrold

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Our Summer Arts Festival is a day of performance, exhibition, creativity and celebration.

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Our Year 11 students looked amazing as they enjoyed a wonderful evening at their prom. Here are some of the photos.

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Alex James Ellison gave our students a fantastic assembly today with his written songs and a message about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

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Today we said goodbye to our wonderful Year 11 students in a special assembly dedicated to their life and hard work throughout their years at school. We are all very proud of you and wish you all the best for the future.

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Geography teachers Mr Mallindine, Mrs Clarkson and Mr Weakley led a trip to the wonderful, sunny town of Swanage in Dorset which is a conservation area and is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast.

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Year 9 created a dish of their choice for their end of year assessment. Here are some of the delicious outcomes!

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Ark Helenswood hosted a Slam Poetry Workshop by Hastings Fringe which provides the opportunity for students to develop their poetry skills and a chance to compete for a live stage performance.

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Ark Helenswood are now host to the GSUS Live service and our students have been studying rejection, fear and forgiveness within a religious context as well as historical individuals such as Marie Curie and Martin Luther King.

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PC Paul Eastes from Hastings Police and Carl Denne from Hastings Kickboxing Academy working together to deliver online safety and personal responsibility lessons for our students.

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Visit our Vacancies page for teaching positions at our Academy

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Site team cleaner June White has recently turned 80 years old having started work as a Domestic Assistant at Helenswood in 1981. That's 37 years of dedicated service to the school keeping things clean, tidy and safe. Thank you June and Happy Birthday!

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Ark Helenswood celebrates Ofsted Good!

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The Department for Education nominated Miss Lelliott for her outstanding contribution to teaching, where she enjoyed an afternoon reception in 10 Downing Street meeting many other inspiring teachers and the Prime Minister Theresa May.

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This year we have started offering the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. We applied for £500 from the Police Property Auction Fund to help buy equipment for our expeditions. We were awarded the full £500 to help us get started and today we got the cheque!

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Year 7 Science students are watching live as the Blue Tits are hatching this morning.

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The 2018 Dance Show DVD is out now for only £5. All proceeds support the Performing Arts department and future shows. Please contact the IT Office or main reception to purchase.

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Our Year 7 and 8's are enjoying their Rewards Party for their fantastic attendance, behaviour and going above and beyond!

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The catering department enjoyed a break in the weather to host a lunchtime BBQ for staff and students today!

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Our Religious Studies classroom has been converted to a reflection, peace and tranquility space this week for all students to enjoy!

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A group from Ark Helenswood, Ark WIlliam Parker and Ark Sixth Form recently visited St. Johann in Tirol, Austria for a fabulous skiing trip.

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The DVD from our incredible Dance Show is nearly ready, there are hundreds of photos to be published too, but while you wait here are some highlights.

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Our End of Term assembly celebrated all the hard work by our wonderful staff and students. Have a Happy Holiday and see you all back on Monday 16th April 2018.

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A-Level Psychology students created Ego Eggs to take on their school holidays. Mission: attach & journal their Ego Egg's life from Cradle to the Grave.

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Our Year 7 students were today awarded for their attendance and conduct with displays from Art, Design & Technology, Food Technology and a drama performance from English Literature.

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It's Sports Relief 2018 and determination is the name of the game.

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The incredible Ark Helenswood Dance Show is on the 21st & 22nd March 2018 at 7pm. This year's dance will be hosted at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Ark William Parker Academy. Tickets available on the door for £7 (£4 for students / seniors).

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A huge thank you to all the staff, students and parents who made Rock The Boat so magical. Enjoy this short video of some of the moments we captured.

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Ms Harrold's form 7SH are celebrating International Women's Day 2018 with these wonderful messages.

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Don't forget, it's the Rock The Boat Musical this week! Take a look at this short video of our rehearsals. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/165325974261493/

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Keeping with the snowy theme, Lucy and Amelia wrote this wonderful poem!

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Rock the Boat is a fantastic comedy featuring a string of hits from the 1970's.

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It's #TimeToTalk for mental health awareness so we have created a video to highlight some of the issues Place2Be are here to help with.

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Students from ARK Helenswood performed with ACROMAX Gymnastics at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Service last Saturday. The event held at St. Mary in the Castle attracted dignitaries such as Amber Rudd (MP), the Mayor and the Lord High Sheriff.

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Year 11 students on a GCSE Design & Technology trip visited Warner Bros. Studio, The Making of Harry Potter, looking at the incredible set design

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Year 8 Eva produced this stunning model of our solar system, along with mass, number of moons and the planet's surface temperature.

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This year is the award’s 10th Anniversary (2008-2018) and students are avidly reading this year’s shortlist. The winner will be announced around Easter at a presentation event at Ark Helenswood Academy.

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A-Level Dance students perform at Sandown Primary School's Opening Ceremony celebrating the visit of two Maths specialists from Shanghai.

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Future fine artist Oleta in Year 9 spent the weekend hand-drawing this amazing Bust of David from Michelangelo.

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Here are some students at today's Anime Club dining on their chosen oriental cuisine

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Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy your break.

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Here is a short video of the performances in our wonderful Senior Citizens' Xmas Party!

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Here's a short video of the wonderful Year 7 Awards event this morning. Enjoy!

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A fantastic display of dance, gymnastics, drama and singing from our talented Year 7's at their Awards this morning. Well done!

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Over 600 Ark Helenswood Academy staff and students decided to stand up for BBC Children in Need this year in this incredible video.

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Congratulations to our Stars of the Week for going above and beyond. Well done!

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In honour of those who made the sacrifice for our freedoms, a short piece from our assembly in remembrance for Armistice Day 2017.

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Love computer games? Pop along to Mr. Daniel's Code Club after school on Wednesdays and make one.

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Remembering those who have fallen for Armistice Day, we heard from Father Luke and a beautiful rendition of Fields of Gold by Diana Androsca.

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The Anti-Bullying Ambassador Team at Folkestone Academy today receiving their training awards.

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Our Year 10 Maesi was recently chosen for the England Karate team and just returned from her first competition in Belgium, she came 2nd. Well done!

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Congratulations to our Stars of the Week this week; having breakfast with the Principal for going above and beyond.

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D&T Club are busy in the workshop making their electric race car. Want to be part of the team? Apply to join Ark Helenswood, the best performing secondary school in Hastings

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It's the 951st anniversary of the Battle of Hastings this weekend. Miss Biamonti's History Club have re-enacted the famous battle in this epic video. Enjoy!

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It's World Teachers' Day and Natalie in Year 11 has volunteered two teachers to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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Enjoy some pictures from our Year 6 Open Evening. "Incredible", "wonderful" and "amazing" were just some of the words used to describe us by parents and students alike.

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Brunch with the Principal for our Stars of the Week. Well done for your exceptional work and contributions.

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Year 13 A-Level dancers along with, Dance Teacher, Elaine Vanner and Performing Arts Administrator Donna Howell had the opportunity to watch the breath-taking premiere of Hofesh Schechter’s Grand Finale.

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Year 10 student offered place at Crystal Palace

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Here are some girls happy to share their incredible achievements. More on the way. Well done!

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Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you back on Thursday 7th September

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Our Year 13 Prom photos are available on our Facebook page

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Enjoy some highlights from our incredible Summer Arts Festival

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Summer Arts Festival on Wednesday 12th July from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Parents welcome!

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Congratulations to our Sports Day 2017 winners. Future sporting champions!

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Sports Day 2017 is underway!

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It's the time of year to say goodbye to our leavers so here's some photos from the Year 11 prom.

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It's STEM Day and Year 8's are preparing for Robot Wars!

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Well done to our Stars of the Week!

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Outstanding work from our two Stars of the Week. Well done.

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Year 7's enjoying a wonderful trip to Nausicaa and Cité Europe in Boulogne.

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Well done to 7KH who raised £63.41 through donations and a cake sale for Bluebell Ridge Cats’ Home. £30 was donated to sponsor a cat pod at the home.

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Year 7's ready for their day at Thorpe Park. First stop - thrills workshop learning about gravitational pull, hydraulics and the costs of the rides.

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Mega Maths Challenge Team Building – Who can make a bridge that the marshmallow can stand on with limited materials?

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Grab your copy of the incredible 2017 Dance Show DVD for only £5. Available in reception, now!

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Thank you to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Deaths) for talking with the girls. 7KH and others will be baking cakes to raise money for this incredibly helpful charity.

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Here's some fabulous work by Year 11 GCSE Product Design students!

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Some fantastic work from 7W2 presenting their medieval models and displaying how people lived.

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Huge thanks to SourceBMX for giving our students the opportunity to have some fun on the bikes and boards.

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KS3 enjoying an end of term performance by the Dance Team!

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Here's a quick preview of our fabulous Dance Show. DVD will be available in the next few weeks. We'll keep you posted!

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Always charitable, we're raising money for Comic Relief with big red noses!

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Take a quick look behind the scenes of tonight's amazing Dance Show!

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Wonderful costumes designed by English 7W1 for the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2017

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Hastings Pier Yarn event

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Celebrating World Book Day 2017

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Respectful, responsible and safe! We support Safer Internet Day 2017

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Enjoy the highlights of our sensational performance, "The Groovy Magic Love Show"

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Year's 7-9 getting e-safety advice with Rich Cottell and his unique blend of experience and entertainment!

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The Groovy Magic Love Show

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Year 7 Parents' Evening feedback

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What it means to be at Ark Helenswood Academy

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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A fantastic number of students who achieved an attendance of over 95% enjoying Christmas Karaoke

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Another fantastic Senior Citizens' Christmas Party

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Amazing performance by our choir during the Ark Hastings Winter Concert at Blacklands Church.

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7KH getting in the Christmas spirit

Normandy trip students at Arromanches, Mulberry Harbour, Bayeux Military Cemetery, Bayeux Cathedral and more.

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Staff and students enjoying their Christmas dinner today; with hats and crackers too!

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Year 11 Careers Fair

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Year 11 Marshall Wace Award Winners

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A wonderful display of dance and drama with The Swan Neck Dance Company

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Victoria Wilken visits Ark Helenswood to deliver a Positive Coaching Workshop

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Academy see stunning success at annual Gymnastics Competition

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Helenswood and Ark 6th in The Search for Mr Godwinson

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Students from Scholengemeenschap Reigersbos in Amsterdam visit Ark Helenswood Academy

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Students celebrate great GCSE results

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Ark Helenswood attends workshop by The Royal Shakespeare Company
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Join our free teacher CPD event

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A warm welcome and congratulations to our new students

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#greatgirlsgreatgoals - International Women's Day at Ark Helenswood

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Helenswood officially the best secondary school in Hastings for the fourth year running

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Find out more about working at Ark Helenswood Academy

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Ark Helenswood win the Ark KS3/4 Debating Championships

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Ark Helenswood violinists selected to join acclaimed youth orchestra

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Ark Helenswood students wowed in virtuoso piano recital

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Safer Internet Day 2016

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Ark students awarded top prizes for outstanding GCSE results

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Interested in finding out more about Ark Helenswood Academy? Contact us to tour the school.

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Ark Helenswood Academy celebrate record breaking GCSE results - best in town!

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Year 11 at the Prom

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Creativity in Construction

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Helenswood Academy welcomes new Head Girl Febienne Fuller

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Helenswood build a self-driving robot for General Dynamics' Engineering Education Scheme

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Dorothy Levitt Project

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Helenswood hosts Paralympic athlete in blindfolded volleyball game

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Helenswood Academy Dance Show 2015

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Best school in Hastings, East Sussex

Helenswood is officially the best secondary school in Hastings

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Hofesh Shechter Company work with Helenswood Academy and ARK William Parker Academy

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Winners of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014

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Children in Need 2014

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Child of Sussex Awards 2014: Community Award

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Thinking of teaching?

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Helenswood Academy will be taking part in the 2015 Music Gala

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ARK students celebrate another year of A level success

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Helenswood's Gecko Dance Company

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Thinking of teaching?

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‘Team Valens’ winners of the Burberry Create Project

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Helenswood Academy is Hastings’ top-performing secondary school

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1066 Schools’ Book Award 2014

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Jerwood meets Parkwood

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A film that shares the contribution the arts can make to an outstanding school.

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Helenswood Academy welcomes Hastings Girls’ High School, New Zealand

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Helenswood Academy newsletter - Issue #1

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GCSE results

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School bus timetables

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End of year reflections

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Visit from BBC South East

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