Pool Academy staff say goodbye to Year 11s

Pool Academy staff said goodbye to Year 11s when they left school as full time students this week.

A celebration assembly was held in the main hall on Tuesday to mark the end of an era for students who had been studying at the school since 2013.

A media presentation was played on screen marking big events which had happened over the past five years including royal births and weddings, sport events and the rise of the Floss dance craze.

Nigel Williams, a teacher at the school, led the assembly. He told them: “This is the end of Year 11 and the end of five years of study. It is also the start of whatever is next for you all.

 Principal Claire Meakin telling Year 11 students: "“I am incredibly proud of you all."

Principal Claire Meakin telling Year 11 students: "“I am incredibly proud of you all."

“It has been a real pleasure seeing most of you who started as nervous Year 7s now grown up to become the young people you are today. It is a privilege. We have had some fun along the way. The overriding thought we teachers have is 'it has been brilliant'.”

Jodie Phillips, teacher, said: “It has been an honour working with you guys. I would like to say thank you for making me smile and laugh.”

During the assembly teachers handed out certificates which included the person ‘most likely to be famous’, the person ‘most likely to take over the planet’, the person who would be a ‘positive influence’ in the community, the person with the best hair and the person ‘most likely to be a millionaire’.

Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said to students during the assembly: “I am incredibly proud of you all. You have grown into nice, young adults.

“I know you are going to be successful and I know you are going to achieve great things.  I am hoping in two, five or 10 years’ time you will come back and tell us what you are up to so we can share in your success.”