Our Learning Community

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.

We are an all-through mixed  (Academy) Comprehensive School with over 1200 students on roll.   In 2020 the school joined the Saffron Academy Trust  and in 2021 its age range changed from 11 – 18 to 4 – 18.  The school is situated in beautiful countryside, occupying approximately 35 acres just to the north of Great Dunmow. A Sports and Leisure Centre, shared with the local community, is located on site. We count our links with the local community as one of our key strengths and from September 2004 based our school crest on the coat-of-arms of Great Dunmow, with the kind consent of the Town Council.

The Helena Romanes School provides students with a learning environment that is personalised and challenging. We continue to raise aspirations and make sure every child has the best possible opportunity to succeed.

At our school we provide the very best learning experience for every child. We enable them to achieve across the full range of personal, social and academic endeavour. We provide a challenging, purposeful and supportive learning environment where your child will develop and thrive.

Our main focus is to raise attainment at all key stages through innovative and engaging teaching and learning. We encourage our students to take responsibility for their own learning by applying their knowledge, being resourceful and demonstrating an eagerness and enthusiasm to explore their chosen subjects. Regular checks on individual progress result in students continually reflecting on their own progress and development.