Hele's School

Hele's School, formerly Plympton Grammar School, is a mixed Academy school and Sixth Form in the Plympton district of Plymouth, England, 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Plymouth city centre. Until 31 March 2011, Hele’s was a community school funded by the Local Education Authority (LEA), which is Plymouth City Council. From 1 April 2011, Hele's became an Academy, which among other things gives the school financial and educational independence.[1] The school has a voluntary Combined Cadet Force with Navy, Army and RAF sections. Cadets in the CCF are given the option to take part in the annual Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor.

Hele's School Plympton
Hele's School Plympton Logo.jpg

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Coordinates50°23′33″N 4°03′56″W / 50.392436°N 4.065483°W / 50.392436; -4.065483Coordinates: 50°23′33″N 4°03′56″W / 50.392436°N 4.065483°W / 50.392436; -4.065483
Department for Education URN136557 Tables
PrincipalJustine Mason
Age11 to 18


In September 2000, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) designated the school as a specialist Language College. The school has also been designated as a Mathematics and Computing College and has also taken on applied learning specialism.[2]

Academy statusEdit

In June 2010, the government wrote to all schools that had been judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted, inviting their Governing Bodies to consider converting to Academy status. The Governors of Hele's School consulted with parents and unanimously voted to apply to become an Academy, effective from 1 April 2011.[3]


Old Grammar School, Plympton, founded 1658, built 1664, attended by Joshua Reynolds whose father was headmaster
Under the colonnade of the Old Grammar School, Plympton, the school-room being above

Hele's (pronounced "heals") School was founded as "Plympton Grammar School" in 1658 under a bequest made in the will of the lawyer Elize Hele (1560–1635) of Fardel[4] in the parish of Cornwood, and of Parke[5] in the parish of Bovey Tracey, both in Devon. The school was renamed after him as "Hele's School" when it became a state comprehensive in 1985. Hele's bequest was overseen by Sir John Maynard and also led to the founding of The Maynard School and Hele's School, Exeter. In 1715 the Reverend Samuel Reynolds was appointed as head master and his son the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) attended the school.[6] The original building, a grade II* listed building,[7] survives in George Lane, Castle Barbican, in Plympton St. Maurice, but in 1937 the school moved to new premises on Seymour Road, which it still occupies today.[8] The school maintains an association with the Plympton Grammar School Old Boys field hockey club, formed in 1926.

Prime Minister's Global FellowshipEdit

Students have attained places on the Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The school achieved its first student in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008, and in 2009 had another successful applicant.[9]

Notable former pupilsEdit

Plympton Grammar School (1658–1983)Edit


  1. ^ "Hele's School Academy statement". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Specialist Schools Home". Department for Children, Schools and Families. Archived from the original on 3 August 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
  3. ^ Academy Consultation Parents Letter. Retrieved 2011-06-14
  4. ^ Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, London, p.487; also as inscribed on his ledger stone in Exeter Cathedral, as recorded in Prince, p.488
  5. ^ Copy lease, Elize Hele of Parke, Bovey Tracey, Esq, 12th August 1618, Plymouth and West Devon Record Office [1]. The mansion house of Parke is today the headquarters of Dartmoor National Park
  6. ^ Moseley, Brian (26 January 2007). "Plympton Grammar School". The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth History. Plymouth Data. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  7. ^ old Plympton Grammar School, British Listed Buildings
  8. ^ "Hele's School". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
  9. ^ British Council website "Fellows" Archived 2011-09-12 at the Wayback Machine accessed 10 November 2009.
  10. ^ ‘FOSTER, Kevin John’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  11. ^ a b c d e f Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. 2004. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Who's Who 2007. A & C Black. ISBN 978-0-7136-7527-6.
  13. ^ Sir Gordon Shattock - Telegraph
  14. ^ https://www.plymptonstmaurice.com/grammar-school

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