We are a School focused on excellence.

We are a school committed to life-long learning and we believe that education for our students includes not only the subjects of the national curriculum but more importantly communication, life and social skills. We aim therefore, to teach the students the skills necessary for self-care and living that others may take for granted. We want our students to become successful members of the wider community and actively promote inclusive educational opportunities for students from our school. This includes ensuring that there is a close partnership between ourselves and the wider community.

Welcome to Heltwate School

We are a mixed, Special school offering education for 4-19 year old pupils with Moderate to Severe Learning difficulties. In addition, we also offer Autism specific education. We have a wide range of fantastic facilities, as well a Post 16 provision.

We are a very happy school where children enjoy their learning experiences. We specialise in providing a personalised approach to learning, ensuring that all students reach their full potential. Our students gain accredited qualifications in many areas of the curriculum. All student achievements are celebrated at Heltwate.

Whatever their special educational needs, all pupils are well looked after by our professional, dedicated and very skilful staff. We take a pride in our relationships with pupils, parents and carers.

Headteacher's Notes

Reporting an absence

If your child is not well please ensure that you phone school (01733 262878) by 9.30 a.m.
If you do not contact us we will attempt to make telephone contact with you to find out why your child is not in school. Unnotified absences will be recorded as unauthorised.

School Day

School doors open at 8.40 a.m.
No pupils will be admitted into school before this time
Pupils arrive and come straight into activities in classrooms.
Morning Session -8.40 a.m. until lunchtime – ( 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. or 12.30 p.m.-1.30 p.m.)
Afternoon session 1.00 p.m- 3 p.m. or 1.30 p.m – 3 p.m.
The end of the day for all pupils is 3.00 p.m.


We are proud of the attendance of our pupils. We reward good attendance with termly certificates ranging from 94% to 100%. Attendance figures are published on our website and and also in the half termly school newsletters.


If you child is in receipt of transport and your transport arrangements need to change, parents and carers must contact passenger transport directly – 01733 317455 – asking for the Passenger Transport Team. It is not the responsibility of Heltwate School to arrange or change transport details.

Heltwate St.George's and Heltwate Jubilee

Due to an increase in our pupil numbers Heltwate school is on three sites.
Heltwate Bretton is the main school site.
Heltwate St.George's has pupils ranging from KS3, KS4 and KS5, which is our Post-16 provision.
Heltwate Jubilee is a new five class specialist provision, adjacient to the Bretton site and is due to open April 2023.


Our school dinners are provided by Cambridgeshire Catering Services and they offer a choice of 3 main options a day.
They cost £3.00 a day for junior pupils or £3.20 for senior pupils.
The menu can be viewed on the Dinners page in Information for Parents.