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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.

Helenswood Academy is Hastings’ top-performing secondary school

The publication of secondary league tables today showed that Helenswood Academy is the top-performing secondary school in Hastings for GCSE results. This gives the school strong foundations to build on as it begins life as an ARK academy.

The performance tables confirmed that 56% of pupils at Helenswood Academy achieved 5A*-C at GCSE, including English and maths. This is higher than any other secondary school in Hastings, including The Hastings Academy and The St Leonard’s Academy.

Overall, 90% of students at Helenswood achieved 5A*-C at GCSE - above the national average of 82%.

This year will be the first that Helenswood pupils sit their exams as ARK pupils, having joined the high-performing academy network last September. The expectation is that results will continue to improve.

Lucy Monk, Principal at Helenswood Academy, said: “I’m thrilled at what our students achieved last year – they did us, and themselves, proud. It means that Helenswood has started life as an ARK academy on a really strong footing. We’re confident that things are only going to get better from here, and are excited about what the future holds for our pupils.”

Several Helenswood students achieved stellar results in last year’s GCSE exams:

  • Charlotte Cavie: 10 GCSEs with 4A*s, 5As and 1B
  • Emma Browning: 11 GCSEs with 4A*s, 4As and 3Bs
  • Hannah Hall: 10 GCSEs with 3A*s, 6As and 1 B
  • Bethany Hodges: 10 GCSEs with 3A*, 6 A grades and 1 B
  • Jessica Phillips: 9 GCSEs with 3A*s, 5As and 1B
  • Imogen Shaw: 10 GCSEs with 2A*s, 6 As and 2 Bs