Welcome to Helston Community College
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our College Website. This site sets out the College's aims, and hopefully gives you a feel for the exciting range of educational opportunities we offer your child. I hope that in browsing it you will gain an understanding of the way we work, and of the principles for which we stand.
At Helston Community College we are ambitious for all our students. Our College is a place where doors of opportunity are opened for students. We are committed to providing a personalised learning experience which ensures high challenge, inspirational teaching, a wide range of qualifications and an open door to the students' own unique futures. Our students will always be encouraged to step through those doors, to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development, to work hard and achieve their very best.
Our students matter: each one an individual, valued and appreciated.
Helston Community College is part of a local Education Co-operative Trust. The College's ethos and work is under-pinned by the co-operative values: self–help, self-responsibility, equity, equality, democracy and solidarity; and the co-operative ethical principles: honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. The Trust works together to improve and enhance opportunities for all young people in the local community.
We recognise that it takes a whole community to educate a child and so we are committed to working in partnership with parents, carers, statutory agencies, community organisations and other educational establishments. With everyone working together, we are able to draw on all the resources available to meet the needs and aspirations of our students.
At Helston Community College Post 16 we strive to deliver high quality education and training to all our students irrespective of ability and background, so that all students maximise their potential and realise their goals. The aim of a Post 16 education is to prepare and provide the necessary qualifi cations so that students can successfully progress on to the next stage of their career, whether in Higher Education, further training or employment. The college aspires to provide new opportunities to broaden minds and inspire so that students can develop as leaders and valued members of the community.
The Post 16 team is ambitious for all of its students and expectations are high; students are given aspirational targets where the best is expected. At the same time, each student is viewed as unique and is provided with personalised opportunities within a supportive environment to ensure success. The Post 16 staff are specialists in 16-19 teaching; tutors, supported by the Post 16 leadership team, are experienced coaches and dedicated mentors who are responsible for the progress of each student as well as guiding them towards the next steps.
The college promotes a sense of community and is a vibrant atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage with opportunities outside of their academic studies through a comprehensive enrichment and leadership programme.
Over the next 2 years we aim to provide an exciting and challenging experience which will develop you both as a learner and a young adult, but most importantly will prepare you for the next step in your career.
The transition from GCSE to Level 3 courses is often thought to be more challenging than the transition to University. Our aim is to help the students build a bridge from GCSE to Post 16; the college team includes a Study Skills Supervisor dedicated to Post 16 who provides support in making this transition.
As part of the Sixth form provision, there is a study room dedicated solely to Sixth Form students which includes computers, study booths, study skill guides and HE resources. The Study Skills Supervisor is always available in the room to help students individually or teach them in small groups.
At the start of Year 12 the Study Skills Supervisor delivers a short course called Study Skills to assist Year 12 Level 3 students with the demands of a level 3 course. The programme provides students with the skills necessary to be successful in year 12 such as Boolean Search, Cornell Note Taking, Time Management, Mind Maps, and Smart Reading.
Students are encouraged to develop their independent learning although even the most academically able students sometimes need help. Targeted one to one support can be organised with the Study Skills supervisor via staff or self-referral. Examples could be where students need help structuring an essay, finding a resource, or managing their time.
The college has seen some excellent results over the last few years; in 2015, more than half of the students who were entered for ‘A’ Levels achieved a B grade or higher and the pass rate was 98%. 83 students secured university places, with the majority claiming their 1st choice whilst the many of our Post 16 students on vocational courses progressed into related employment or apprenticeships. In October 2010, the college was judged ‘Outstanding’ in all measures for Post 16. Inspectors said that ‘the outstanding sixth form has a very purposeful ethos and students thoroughly enjoy their studies, making excellent progress to achieve their potential.’ Following our most recent inspection in November 2013, the OFSTED report states, ‘The high expectations of students in the sixth form, combined with regular checking of students’ learning, ensure teachers intervene at the right time. Constructive and helpful feedback is evident in all sixth form lessons.’
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.