Important upcoming events
The Academy will be closing early to students on Thursday 29th September 2016 at 1pm in preparation for the Prospective Parents' Open Evening.
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
- Ark Helenswood Academy Local Offer
- ARK Schools Helenswood SEND Policy Secondary
- ARK Schools Helenswood policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions
- Helenswood Academy Accessibility Plan
Supporting Students With Dyslexia at Helenswood Academy
At 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 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 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.