Learning & Teaching

Our Approach

In Class​


Learning is at the heart of all that we do. Our aim is to ensure that all of our students leave school with the skills, qualifications and attributes necessary to be confident, successful and fulfilled young adults.


Our students say that they enjoy learning because their lessons have a good pace and that they challenge them. They tell us that they get on well with their teachers and that their teachers make learning fun. Our teachers have excellent subject knowledge and take pride in developing lessons which engage students and inspire them to achieve.


Teachers assess work frequently and in such a way that every student knows how well they are progressing and how to move on to the next stage in their learning. All students are issued with clear targets in each subject, each year. If a student is making less than the expected progress, we discuss this with them and their parents, so that focused action can be taken to provide additional support.

​At Home

We believe in the value of homework to develop and extend learning.  We promote learning at home as an essential part of a students’ education, helping them to develop the attitudes and skills necessary for successful lifelong learning.

Homework is recorded on Classcharts, where students and parents can see tasks and deadlines set. As a general rule, students should expect to be set one piece of homework each week, for each of the main subjects that they study. However, sometimes there will be longer projects which run across multiple weeks. We ask for parents' support in checking that all homework is completed properly and on time in order to encourage good study habits.


The Learning Resource Centre is open every break and lunch time, for students to research or complete homework if they are unable to complete them at home. Specific homework support is also offered in our after school Homework Club every Monday and Wednesday.

​Learning Support


St Helena School is a fully inclusive school providing a quality education and experience for all its learners. Our experienced Learning Support department works closely with parents and students to ensure that appropriate provision is made for those with a varying range of needs.


The school has created a culture of respect for the diversity and breadth of its community enabling everyone to participate in the life of the school. Parents of students with specific learning needs are encouraged to contact our Learning Support department to talk through their child’s individual needs, should they have any questions or concerns.

Specific information on how we support students with special educational needs and disabilities can be found on our SEND page

St Helena School

Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3LE 

Email: contact@st-helena.essex.sch.uk

Phone: 01206 572253

The Sigma Trust t/a St Helena School

Walton Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6DZ

Registered Company No:  07926573

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