Helena Graham

Head of Humanities, History, Citizenship and Internationalism

Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Chelmsford

About Me

I have been employed in my current school for fourteen years primarily as the Head of History, but I have since combined this role with many other positions: Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Head of Charity and Student Leadership, and AST. My position at the moment is Head of Humanities, History, Citizenship and Internationalism.

Chelmsford County High School for Girls is a highly selective state grammar school, which caters for the very academically able. I have developed an extremely successful department, which is highly regarded by the very top universities, and have been at the forefront in my own school at developing academic rigour amongst staff and students.

I am a most creative, enthusiastic and reflective individual who has a proven track record of delivering successful new initiatives, bringing others on board in the process,. I run many effective enrichment activities for students and staff within my own school and the local community. My collaboration with other teachers in my AST role was highly commended and did have a huge impact on the departments I worked with.

I am extremely experienced in running and leading on cross-curricular events with other departments. I have organised whole day events with the German, Art and English departments at school. I have also worked closely with the Latin department in running a lunchtime murder mystery for year 7s – which is very popular.

Over the past four years I have introduced across the whole school an Internationalism programme, a significant part of which is a Model United Nations role play which Years 9, 10 and 12 take part in at different times of the academic year. The MUN is embedded in the school curriculum and has proved to be a fantastic way of developing students’ social and public speaking skills, as well as their understanding of the world around them. INSET has been highly commended by colleagues, parents and pupils for the work undertaken.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Head of History (KS3/4/5)
  • Head of Internationalism
  • Leading on enrichment and cross-curricular events.

Other Areas of Expertise

  • Mentoring of PGCE, NQT
  • Teaching and Learning (classroom practice)
  • Head of Humanities