Pool Academy one of first Schools in Cornwall to receive prestigious membership

Pool Academy has become one of the first schools in Cornwall to be accepted as a member
of a prestigious society.


The Royal Society’s Associate Schools and Colleges network has allowed the Academy to
become part of their group.

Jack Jones, Science teacher at Pool Academy, said sixth form colleges in Truro and Bodmin
were members but his was the first school to be accepted.

Members of The Associate Schools and Colleges network work to boost the profile of
biology, chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics for students.

Now Pool Academy is on board it could receive more funding and resources. It will also see
more science experts visiting students.

Mr Jones said: “It is a very prestigious award. It now gives us access to the network
resources and this can help contribute to excellent science teaching and learning across the
country.

“We will get the chartered mark as well as have access to funding opportunities.

“To be considered for the membership I had to submit examples of excellence in science
education. I chose to submit some GCSE microbiology resources and lessons. The
application was sent in May and our membership to the scheme was confirmed this month.

“We are one of the only schools in Cornwall to have the mark.

“I hope this will help to inspire Pool Academy students in their science studies and give
them the confidence to carry on with the subject in the future.

“Our knowledge and understanding of STEM developed everyday with the publication of
new breakthroughs. Being part of this scheme will allow us to work with leading academics, and keep abreast of the latest developments in STEM. Furthermore, this scheme enables us
to share good practise at a national level.”

Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “This is a hugely exciting achievement.  Mr
Jones and the whole science team work tirelessly to support students to achieve excellence
across their science studies.  We are delighted that their efforts and the students'
achievements have been recognised in this way."

The membership runs until August 31, 2018.


The Royal Society’s Associate Schools and Colleges network has sent a letter and certificate
of membership.

 

Miss Meakin and Mr Jones