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The name Helena Romanes came from the school's first Chair of Governors who had been closely involved in the development of education in the county. It began life on the current site in 1958. The school grew, new buildings were added and it became fully comprehensive in 1970.
The Helena Romanes School is situated in beautiful countryside, occupying approximately 35 acres just to the north of Great Dunmow. A state-of the-art Sports and Leisure Centre, shared with the local community, is located on site.
We are a mixed 11 - 18 (Academy) Comprehensive School with over 1400 students on roll. In order to meet the needs of our growing community, we have invested in an expansion programme which will ensure that we are at the cutting edge of educational innovation. This includes our specialist Technology Block, Music rooms, ICT Suite and Learning Zone.
We count our links with the local community as one of our key strengths and from September 2004 we based our school crest on the coat-of-arms of Great Dunmow, with the kind consent of the Town Council.
We were welcomed into the school with open arms. All the older students were very kind and helped us with any worries or problems that we had and even helped us around school if we didn’t know what class to go to! You will make lots of new friends and try new things. I had never played hockey until I came to HRS and now I absolutely love it!
I personally feel that the most important aspect of school is that when we have any troubles or there is something we’re finding difficult it’s always sorted out, you’re never left to deal with it alone.
Matilda Reijs Year 7
The Induction Day was excellent. A bit scary at first but all the teachers helped me understand what to do and so did the older students. I was welcomed very kindly to HRS and they eased us into everything. The best thing to do is photocopy your timetable – as you are bound to lose it!
My favourite subject is Maths – I am excellent at it.
Frankie Ramos Year 7
There is nothing to worry about coming to HRS - you soon get used to things and end up having lots of fun. School is good because you get excited about all the new experiences you gain at Secondary School
Sian O’Rourke Year 8
If you do all your work and try really hard you will go far. At HRS we learn things that we need to survive and to get good GCSEs, go to University and to get a good job.
Zack Payne Year 9
I am a Senior Prefect. We assist the Head Boy and Girl with organising events, improving the school and helping to solve problems. All my life I’ve been thinking about my career. I want to be a Doctor or work in business
Christopher Hakim Year 10
I was helped to prepare for my GCSE exams with revision sessions, packs and tips. Teachers are willing to go over anything in their free time. Becoming Head Girl at HRS was truly amazing. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the last year. The opportunities I have been given at HRS have been incredible.
Ruby Featherstone - Year 11