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 TALE Blog.
The SEND Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND), their parents or carers and those working with them. In a single place it provides an overview of the 'service offers' from Ark Helenswood Academy.
By giving you information about services and expertise available in your area, the Local Offer should reduce the stress in choosing the right support for your daughter.
- SEN Code of Practice
- SEND Reforms
- Helenswood policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions
Supporting Students With Dyslexia at Ark Helenswood Academy
At Ark Helenswood we recognise that dyslexia can affect up to 1 in 10 children in schools. Up to 1 in 4 children fail to master the basics of writing by the end of primary school and for reading this is 1 in 9. This can have a lifelong impact.
All students transferring to Ark Helenswood in Year 7 are screened for dyslexia. This means that we know from the moment that your daughter starts with us if she is at risk of dyslexia. We work with specialists from the Ark Schools education team, and the Driver Youth Trust to ensure that all members of our staff team are well trained in supporting students with dyslexia. In the words of Eddie Izzard: ‘You can get help’, and Ark Helenswood is the place to find it for girls in Hastings.
Watch the video below to find out more about how to get involved in the campaign to make sure that all children have every chance to be successful.
Alternative Provision: Eggtooth Project
Helenswood Academy offers students who need different types of learning access to alternative curriculums throughout their time with us. Each student is an individual, and her pathway to success can take differing routes throughout KS3 and KS4. Students who need additional interventions to ensure their success are considered at the weekly Inclusion Panel meetings. You can read more about the use of Inclusion Panels in our SEND Local Offer leaflet please embed a hyperlink to the SEND Local offer document already found on this page.
We work with the Eggtooth project to provide a group of girls in Year 9 access to success. Click here to find out more about the work of Eggtooth please embed the video if possible.