Monthly Letter - October 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful halfterm. The students have returned with a really positive and determined attitude and I look forward to sharing information about their successes later this halfterm.

Thank you to all the parents who managed to complete our online parental questionnaire in October. I have left the questionnaire open so if you would still like to have your say, the questionnaire can be found here: https://goo.gl/PGmLRT Based on your responses, parents feel most positive about: Students feel safe, students make good progress and students are well looked after. These areas are incredibly important for us as we look to support students, both academically and pastorally. Over the next term we will continue to work with our Friends of Pool Academy group to focus on 3 key areas: Understanding our new achievement and behaviour procedures, reviewing our anti-bullying strategy and understanding our new format for academic reports. We will keep you updated in the monthly letters about our progress in these areas.

Every term we also survey the students to get feedback about their experiences at Pool Academy. This year the results show improvements across the board. The majority of our students express they feel safe at Pool Academy, with similar numbers knowing exactly where to go to receive help where needed. The vast majority of students believe that they are taught well, and that they receive sufficient homework. There has also been a big improvement in how they feel bullying is dealt with. However, we believe we can still do a lot to improve things here, and are looking forward to the results of the next two surveys which will help us to evaluate how effective our new anti-bullying policy is in creating a culture of intolerance towards bullying. We will keep you posted on this. What is clear from the student feedback is that compared with the national picture, Pool Academy students report that bullying is far less of a problem for them. Over the next term we'll work to ensure the anti-bullying policy is firmly embedded and rigorously enforced. Alongside this we will empower the students by developing the role of the anti-bullying ambassador, providing training in restorative practices.

From next Monday (5th November) we will be running a slightly different timetable. We have been fortunate enough to be able to appoint an additional teacher in Maths - Mrs Croker. This has allowed us to adjust the timetable to enable us to provide additional teaching groups in some subjects and therefore smaller class sizes. In addition, at the end of last half term we said goodbye to Mr Ryder, one of our Heads of Faculty, as he left us for pastures new in a school closer to his home. His teaching timetable is being covered by an experienced English specialist, Mrs Boyd, and his Head of Faculty role is being covered by one of our Assistant Principals, Abi Ludlow, as we wait to welcome a new Head of Faculty in January.

Parents and officials have pledged to support Pool Academy after attending a community session meeting. Scores of people representing a cross section of the community attended the recent event including employers in the area, a parish councillor representing Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth, a community link officer, primary head teachers, former students, parents and prospective parents. The group discussed how they could help boost the learning of students and benefit the community as a whole. During the evening meeting members also made their pledges to the school which included working to help young people learn about the world of work, offer them new skills and help spread the news about activities run at academy. The plan will be regularly reviewed and all interested parties will be able to find out about the progress being made.

The ‘Friends of Pool Academy’ met on the 16th October and discussed:-

  • Parent questionnaire

  • Safeguarding

  • Meet the team - Mr James was introduced as Head of Faculty

  • The recent Family and Community Engagement evening.

Our next meeting is on 21st November and we welcome any parent or carer to attend. If you’d like more information, please contact Mr Will McKenzie (wmc@poolacademy.co.uk)

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries:

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk). And please keep up to date with all our news on our school website: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1 or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy/ If you have any questions or concerns, all staff email addresses are found on the main school website. Alternatively you can ring 01209 712 220 to make an appointment.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Community Planning Session

Dear Parent / Carer,

I wanted to update you briefly on the ‘Community Planning session’ that we held on Tuesday 9th October.

We were grateful for those of you who were able to take part in the session and I know many more of you sent your apologies for the evening and asked to be kept informed about our progress.

During the evening we set out our strategy for the next 2 years, focusing on 3 key areas:

Ensuring the school is welcoming to the whole community

Helping families to actively support their child’s learning

Ensuring the highest quality community partnerships and multi agency working.

All the attendees on the evening set out key ‘pledges’ to develop the community partnerships. These included: Engaging Pool Academy’s students in each Redruth town festival; helping running a video trial where students create careers films, inviting students to their workplace so they can see what they do in action and inviting students to use their resources to enhance their extra-curricular experiences.

One of our first actions is to continue these discussions at the next meeting of our parent/teacher group, ‘Friends of Pool Academy’. This meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 16th October in the Music block (back of school). If you like more information about this group, please contact Will McKenzie (Assistant Principal) by emailing wmc@poolacademy.co.uk or Steve Eathorne (Parent Governor) by emailing sea@poolacademy.co.uk

We aim to keep you fully updated with the progress we make with our Community strategy and if you would like to take part, please contact me on the normal school number or by emailing principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Anti-Bullying

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am the school’s Anti-bullying Lead at Pool Academy.

Many of you will know that bullying can be a difficult problem for children to manage in schools across the country. The following statistics were published on Monday 3rd September, by The Diana Award, a national anti-bullying charity:

  • 70% of parents believe schools are not doing enough to combat bullying.

  • 22% of young people have moved schools due to bullying.

  • 46% of young people are worried about going back to school due to bullying.

  • 51% are afraid to put their hands up in class.

  • 39% say their grades are affected.

  • 38% say it impacts on their attendance.

This year we have radically changed the way bullying is dealt with at Pool Academy.

In brief, Pool Academy pledges to create a culture where bullying is not tolerated: by dealing with all reports quickly and efficiently, and involving parents at all times. We have recruited several Anti-bullying Ambassadors from across the Year groups. They will work closely with their Heads of Year, Simon Ferguson (Behaviour Support) and Nick Hamblin (Additional Needs Support) to create this culture.

If you believe your child is being bullied please ensure you:

  1. Help your child to complete a ‘Red button’ report of the situation.

  2. Encourage them to talk openly and honestly with academy staff and the Anti-bullying Ambassadors.

  3. Expect to hear from the school within 24 school hours to advise you about how we have actioned the ‘Red button’ bullying report.

  4. Contact your child’s Head of Year if you have not heard back within 24 school hours.

  5. Contact Rachel Facey - Pool Academy Anti-bullying Lead - if you have any concerns about the above.

All of our young people have a right to learn without fear of bullying, and we are 100% committed to make this happen.

Best wishes,

Rachel Facey - Assistant Principal for Additional Needs


Monthly Letter (September 2018)

Dear Parents / Carers

Welcome back to another exciting term.  We would like to say a special ‘welcome’ to our new Year 7 parents - we look forward to working with you over the next 5 years.

This is the first of our monthly letters (although you can expect 2 in September) to keep you updated with a few of the brilliant events that have either happened in the last month, or that you and your child can look forward to in the coming one.

We try to keep the news section of our school website (http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/latest-news-1/) updated every day, along with our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/poolacademy).  I know many of you have already been enjoying reading the introductions about our new staff, along with hearing about our growing partnership with Plymouth Argyle.  If you have any trouble accessing these stories, please contact Phil Jones (Head of Academy Services) either on the normal school number (01209 712 220) or by emailing phil@poolacademy.co.uk.

Our students are looking incredibly smart in their school uniform and we thank you for supporting us with this.  If you have any items that are still outstanding, Lorna Gribble (lcg@poolacademy.co.uk) is continuing to sell our second hand uniform so please do pop in and see her or give her a ring / email.

You may remember from last year that we mentioned a Community Question and Answer session, originally planned for 11th September.  We’re keen to get as many people from across the community to attend the evening so we’ve now rescheduled this to 9th October, from 18:30.  We will be sending you some more details next week so I hope you will be able to make it.

Our Open Evening this year is Thursday 20th September, 5pm - 8pm.  This evening is always very well attended by prospective students and parents and we look forward to seeing many of them there on the night.  We are also inviting any member of the community to attend the evening so they can have a look around the school and see why we are so proud of all the students who attend the academy.  If you are free during that evening, we would love to see you too! During the evening we hope to welcome Pilgrim Pete (mascot for Plymouth Argyle) to celebrate our growing partnership with them.  We will also have our own community Art Gallery open for everyone to see works from national and international artists - there may even be some work from local budding artists that you know too!

Last year we made some really exciting appointments, including 4 new Heads of Faculty.  Mr Pete Ryder, Mr Alastair James, Mrs Emily Cromey and Mr Tim Bareham would love to meet with you to discuss their vision for their faculty areas and how they will support your child to secure the very best academic outcomes.  They are holding an introductory evening on Wednesday 12th September from 18:00 in the Main Hall and will be available to answer any questions you have. If you can’t make the evening but are keen to make contact with them, their email addresses can be found on our website, or you can ring the normal school number to make an appointment.

Tesco has chosen Pool Academy as one of their most recent charities for the blue token collections.  The collection pot is for the Academy and its Community Fitness Suite which is due to open this term.  The collection will be running until 31st October and school staff are urging shoppers to support them by dropping blue tokens in their slot.  We would love the local community to get behind us with the new fitness suite which will be used by our students and members of the local community.   Please help to support us by popping your blue tokens into the collection point at Tesco.

I will write to you again at the end of the month but for now, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (principal@poolacademy.co.uk) .

Yours faithfully,

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Monthly Letter (July 2018)

July 2018
Dear Parent / Carer


I cannot believe that we are already at the end of the academic year.  The months have flown by and yet we have had so many things to celebrate.  We continue to be incredibly proud of each and every student and the individual talents they bring to the academy.  This year, with the help of George Eustice, we launched our Citizenship Awards and the Community Awards Evening was definitely one of the highlights of the year! You can see a brief summary of some key events on our website here: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/letters-home/ 

In September, we will welcome some very exciting teachers to our Academy.  I hope you’ve been able to follow their appointments either on our academy’s website or on our Facebook page.  We’ve created a few summary pages introducing the new Faculty groupings here: http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/meet-the-curriculum-teams/ Clicking on any name will allow you to email that teacher directly but if you have any general questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch directly with me: principal@poolacademy.co.uk 

The last month saw Year 10 students sitting exams and we hope that they have provided our students with the invaluable experience of what the actual GCSE exam period will be like. The exams have been hard work for our students, but their work ethic and determination will be worth it when they get their full GCSE results on 22nd August 2019.  On 18th July we welcomed students and parents to a results evening for these exams and we are hoping that students now have a clear understanding about what there is to be proud of, whilst identifying target areas on each paper for them to focus on in class and at home in revision.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Mrs Phillips by emailing jp2@poolacademy.co.uk 

In July, Pool School Gallery is showing a newly commissioned sound work by artist in residence Morten Norbye Halvorsen alongside a selection of paintings from The Cornwall Council Schools’ Art Collection.  The collection began in 1961 with an anonymous donation of £100 and a note that read ‘To help Primary School Funds’.  The Council’s Secretary for Education wrote to various artists including Barbara Hepworth who suggested asking artists to sell work at a reduced price.  Thirty two students from Pool Academy have been working directly on the project and in the Autumn term, students will select works and interpret them for the wider community.  On Thursday 19th July we held a private view for the school, members of the local community and supporters and we are very excited to invite everyone for the Official Launch of the Gallery on 20th September, between 5pm and 8pm.  We do hope to see you there!

Friday 6th July was the launch day between Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and Pool Academy and it was a fantastic day from start to finish.  The World Cup themed day saw 11 Primary Schools turn up to compete in a mixed gender tournament to promote the inclusion of girls in football.  We hope you saw the publicity from the day on BBC Spotlight, ITV West Country and Heart Radio and that helped to really excite young female footballers to take part and potentially join our girls’ long term Player Development Centre.  The development centre is held here at Pool Academy on Fridays 5-6pm and if you have any questions, please get in touch with Mark Fuller by emailing mf2@poolacademy.co.uk  The new season will start again in September where Plymouth Argyle will also be setting up a boys’ Development Centre on Monday evenings.

Across the academic year we have sent out 3 parental questionnaires - thank you for continuing to complete these so we have an accurate understanding of parents’ thoughts.  We have been really pleased that key areas have consistently had very positive responses (around 90%). These include:
My child feels safe
My child makes good progress
My child is well looked after
My child is taught well

Following each questionnaire, we have reviewed areas where responses haven’t been as positive and have established action plans to improve these areas.  For example, in Autumn 64% of parents said they received valuable information about their child’s progress.  We were very grateful to parents who left their contact details and allowed us to work directly with them to review the reporting system.  We also worked with the ‘Friends of Pool Academy’ group to look at the presentation of, and information contained within, reports.  We were really pleased to see a 15% increase in positive responses by the summer questionnaire - thank you!  We will continue to work with parents to ensure this percentage continues to increase next year too.

At the start of next year, we will be inviting all parents, carers and members of the community to a ‘Question and Answer’ session on 11th September, starting at 18:30.  During this session, I will be joined by key personnel across the community, including Simon Hague (CEO of Crofty MAT - 9 local primary schools) and Councillor Ian Thomas, to answer questions on any topic that you feel is important for our community.  I hope we see many of you at the evening.

We are looking forward to welcoming all students back to school on the 5th September, ready for the next stage in their academic journey.  All students will be required to be in full uniform and to have their equipment with them ready for learning.  Students will be given their timetables during the extended registration at the start of the day.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up including first day back in September.

GCSE Exam Results - Thursday 23rd August, 10:00
Mrs Rowe
tr@poolacademy.co.uk

First day back for all students - Wednesday 5th September
Miss Meakin
principal@poolacademy.co.uk


Official Launch of Pool School Gallery - Thursday 20th September, 17:00 - 20:00
Mrs Natalie Ellis
nel@poolacademy.co.uk
 
Finally, a few reminders (again) for next year:

Uniform
Please can I draw your attention to the uniform page on our website http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/uniform/, in particular 9 key areas:

  • Ties and Blazers. 
  • Trousers.  These should be a ‘formal cut’ and not skinny trousers.
  • Skirts.  These again should be a formal cut and not tube skirts.
  • Shorts.  These are a new addition to the policy and we are only allowing logo’d versions direct from Trophy Textiles.
  • Socks.  If visible, these should be black only.
  • Shoes.  These should be black, polishable shoes without a logo.
  • Hairstyles.  Hair should be neat and conventional with no extremes of style or colour that draw attention.
  • Jewellery.  Rings, bracelets, wristbands, visible necklaces and piercings (other than 1 small stud in each ear) are not allowed.
  • Makeup and nail varnish.  We ask that makeup is kept to a minimum.  Nail varnish is not acceptable.

We ask that all parents support our uniform policy and reserve the right in September to challenge any student not in full uniform.  As always though, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s tutor in the first instance.

Academy Inset Dates for 2018/19
3rd September 2018
4th September 2018
22nd July 2019
23rd July 2019
24th July 2019.

If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please get in touch.   

Yours sincerely
   
Miss Claire Meakin
Principal
 

Important Letter Home


Dear Parents / Carers


You will be aware of the tragic death of a young person in the community over the weekend.  
Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the whole community at this time.

When someone dies, their family and friends have lots of feelings - sadness, anger, and confusion - which are all normal. The students have been told that the staff at school are willing to try and answer their questions - there is also very useful information available at: https://safercornwall.co.uk/ 

If any young person, or their family, would like confidential advice about anything related to drugs awareness, they can contact the YZUp team using the following link: https://www.addaction.org.uk/services/young-addaction-yzup or on their phone number: 01872 300816.

We have been grateful for the support our students have received today, including from Penhaligon’s friends and our own chaplains, and we will continue to work with all local schools to ensure students across the community are fully supported.  

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal
principal@poolacademy.co.uk
 

 

Monthly Letter (June 2018)

Dear Parent / Carer

The introduction of the Art Gallery at Pool Academy has been brilliant and it has been amazing to see the students really enjoying their time in there. They are very proud to take ownership of the space and eagerly look forward to their workshop sessions with Jonty and the other artists who they have worked with. We have had students almost each week asking if they can join the gallery group and we now have a waiting list which is fantastic.  Students have really enjoyed exploring a range of materials and the freedom to be ultimately creative in their own environment. It has been lovely to see the impact the gallery has had on the students’ confidence and listening to their excitement of the activities they have participated in. This is truly a special gallery which the community will love.

We are delighted to let you know that we have recently received the new musical instruments and equipment that we campaigned to raise money for earlier in the year.  We now have two new digital stage pianos, a cahon, 24 brightly coloured ukuleles and a fabulous portable PA system. Year 7 and 8 are furiously learning their favourite songs on the Ukulele whilst Year 9 are planning an outdoor concert to say thank you to our staff, students and parents for all their support raising money for the department. More details to follow in the next few weeks. Exciting, (and noisy!) times ahead in the Music Department!

Pool Academy and Plymouth Argyle Football Club will be officially launching Cornwall’s first New Girls’ Player Development Centre on 6th July at the Academy.  The centre is the only one of its kind in the county, which sits just below Cornwall FA Girls’ Advanced coaching centre and will be based at Pool Academy.  To celebrate the new initiative, and the new partnership between the school and the football team, Plymouth Argyle officials will be travelling to Pool to lead a mixed gender tournament with up to 120 primary school students attending.

This year, we have reviewed our pastoral system to ensure all students benefit from the very best support.  I am delighted to inform you that our House System remains the same but in addition we have appointed five new Heads of Year: Head of Year 7 Miss N Carter; Head of Year 8 Mr A Durant; Head of Year 9 Miss S Stephens; Head of Year 10 Mr N Williams and Head of Year 11 Mrs J Phillips.  The Heads of Year are responsible for the pastoral care and support for their year groups and will endeavour to ensure that your child has the best possible experience at Pool Academy. Contact details all follow the same format, e.g. headofyear7@poolacademy.co.uk.

Following a review of the behaviour and rewards system, we have now updated our behaviour policy to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed in their learning. Detentions will now be after school and will range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Parents will be notified via our texting system, therefore updated phone numbers are essential. If you would like more details there is a link to our policy on the website.   We have also appointed a member of staff to oversee our rewards system. Mr Best is eager to work with parents and students to ensure that achievements are recognised and celebrated. Rewards will range from prizes each term to daily recognition of positive work ethic and citizenship. There will be concerted focus on students’ achievements and rewarding all students who demonstrate good behaviour for learning.

Along with restructuring the pastoral team, we have also introduced Heads of Faculties to work very closely with students and parents to ensure all students achieve the very highest standards in their academic studies.  

  • Mr Ryder (pr@...) will lead the faculty for English and Modern Foreign Languages

  • Mr James (aja@...) will lead the faculty for Maths, Geography and History

  • Mrs Cromey (ecr@...) will lead the faculty for Art, Music, Drama and Physical Education (PE)

  • Mr Bareham (tb@...) will lead the faculty for Science, Computing and Design Technology (DT).

These senior staff will be responsible for supporting students across all the subjects in their faculties, along with ensuring all parents receive regular and effective communication so you can support your child fully.  They will be holding an introductory meeting in September so you can hear about their vision for securing the very best outcomes. For now though, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Our Anti-bullying Ambassadors are ready for action. After a rigorous selection process, the ambassadors have now been trained to support all students across the academy. All the ambassadors need now is the tie they have requested so that others can identify them easily. The students have decided upon a drop-box in Student Reception for those who either believe they are being bullied, or believe they have witnessed bullying, where they can make anonymous declarations. They have also organised themselves into Year Group teams, to cover a drop-in centre where students can receive advice and to pass on information to the Pastoral Team where needed. The ambassadors have lots more ideas about how to ensure all students feel happy and safe at Pool Academy and we are excited to harness their enthusiasm to make changes if they are needed.

Year 10 exams are well and truly on their way. Just a quick reminder that the seating plans for each exam are up on the wall in Student Reception the evening before so students can check where their seat is in plenty of time as they will change with each exam. Lots of subjects are still offering extra support sessions.  We look forward to seeing you all at the Mock Results Evening on Wednesday the 18th at 5:30pm in the main hall where we will be able to give students the results of the majority of their exams to identify targets for September. The final exams may need a little longer to share results, but students will have the remainder by the end of term.

A large number of students responded very positively to our student survey earlier this term and we are confident that our new Student Leadership Team will ensure that every young person has a voice at Pool Academy. A large number of students felt that they make good progress and that they are well taught. Students also were clear that they knew where to go if they needed any help. For 2018-19, we will be adding more detail to our student surveys and asking our Student  Leadership Team to analyse responses and develop action plans to support our young people even more.

Buzz the Bear has had a busy end of term. Since completing the London Marathon (thank you for the generous donations, Phil and Buzz raised £3000 for Crohn's and Colitis UK), he’s taken a trip underground with the Cornwall Mine Rescue team. Buzz spent time with them down a mine in a secret location that they use for training and now can add being deep underground to his list of achievements. His team have already started to plan his next mission, a project with year 7 and 8 pupils next year involving long sea voyages to highlight the problems of plastic in our oceans. Watch this space!

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up including first day back in September.

 

Year 5 and Year 6 Transition sessions continue- Miss Meakin- principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Year 6 Parents’ evening- 4th July- 18:00 - 19:30- Ms Carter- nc@poolacademy.co.uk

Year 11 Prom- 5th July- 17:00 - 23:00- Miss Conway-Baker- kco@poolacademy.co.uk

Academy Awards Evening- 12th July (Arrival from 18:00)- 18:30 - 20:00- Mr Best- jb2@poolacademy.co.uk

Community Awards Evening- 17th July (Arrival from 18:00)- 18:30 - 20:00- Mr Hamblin- nh@poolacademy.co.uk

Mocks Results evening- 18th July- 17:30 - 18:30- Mrs Phillips- jp2@poolacademy.co.uk

Last day.  Students finish at 13:15- Friday 20th July, 13:15- Miss Meakin- principal@poolacademy.co.uk

GCSE Exam Results- Thursday 23rd August, 9:00- Mrs Rowe- tr@poolacademy.co.uk

First day back for all students- Wednesday 5th September- Miss Meakin- principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Finally, a few reminders (again) for next year:

Uniform

Please can I draw your attention to the uniform page on our website http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/uniform/ , in particular 8 key areas:

  • Ties and Blazers.  These must be worn each day.  Students will be allowed to remove blazers during hot weather though.

  • Trousers.  These should be a ‘formal cut’ and not skinny trousers.

  • Skirts.  These again should be a formal cut and not tube skirts.

  • Socks.  If visible, these should be black only.

  • Shoes.  These should be black, polishable shoes without a logo.

  • Hairstyles.  Hair should be neat and conventional with no extremes of style or colour that draw attention.

  • Jewellery.  Rings, bracelets, wristbands, visible necklaces and piercings (other than 1 small stud in each ear) are not allowed.

  • Makeup and nail varnish.  We ask that makeup is kept to a minimum.  Nail varnish is not acceptable.

We ask that all parents support this uniform policy and reserve the right in September to challenge any student not in full uniform.  As always though, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s tutor in the first instance.

Academy Inset Dates for 2018/19

  • 3rd September 2018

  • 4th September 2018

  • 22nd July 2019

  • 23rd July 2019

  • 24th July 2019.

If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please get in touch.   

Yours sincerely

Miss C Meakin

Principal

Emotional Wellbeing

25th May 2018

Dear Parents and carers,

Emotional wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at Pool Academy. Of course we all want your children to achieve success, but if they are not emotionally ready to learn then the learning bit is really hard for them to achieve. And, in some cases, helping them manage their feelings is necessary. 

There are three distinct areas young people struggle with, which impact on their wellbeing:

Low aspirations and / or self-esteem
Friendship and / or bullying difficulties
Emotional and / or mental health difficulties

These strands are more often than not interconnected. 

With the recent nationwide focus on youth mental health, the government have ventured that schools are in a prime position to give support to those struggling with their emotional wellbeing. In 2019 they will set aside £215 million to help schools develop their mental health capacity.  At Pool Academy, we are highly motivated to see how we can develop our own provision given this financial support, as historically schools have been left to manage unfunded. However, we don’t need to wait. We already have many strategies and provisions which are intended to help our community feel ready to learn.

We are currently supported by Headstart Kernow to build on our Thrive knowledge and become a Trauma Informed School (TIS). We are using this understanding, and the accompanying funding to build our capacity for supporting wellbeing.

From May half term our form tutors will use ‘Motional’ - a wellbeing assessment tool sponsored by Headstart Kernow – every half term to assess their tutor groups wellbeing, and highlight those who are currently finding things difficult. Once identified, we have a broad resource bank, with individually targeted support plans so the young people can receive the help they need. This tool will also help us check that things are getting better, and change the support package if not.

Our new anti-bullying charter is in place, created in collaboration with the Student Leadership Team. Here are just some of the adopted ideas. 

They have made one of the toilet areas open to just Year 7 and 8. This simple solution has already helped many of our young people feel more secure about taking a comfort break. 
They are creating a space for students to go at break and lunchtime and receive support from our elected anti-bullying ambassadors. 

‘If you see it, report it’ is being adopted as our anti-bullying mantra. Staff and the ambassadors cannot help if we don’t know.

From September Pool Academy will be working with Franklin Scholars to help develop our older students Peer Mentoring skills.  Year 10 will provide support for our more vulnerable Year 7s throughout the year, while at the same time helping them with their literacy and / or numeracy. This national strategy is very effective at providing both emotional support and personal development. 

Our mentors will also work alongside our Pastoral Support Managers to provide restorative justice for those who have been targeted. This will be managed by our Heads of House, and will include restorative conversations between students and staff. 

Furthermore, we have created a quiet ‘Space’ for those in KS4 who are profoundly anxious about coming to school, and for medical reasons cannot face the mainstream classroom. Here they receive support from one of our most experienced Learning Facilitators, and are able to work on their classwork, and gain feedback. This facility has already had a visible impact on the attendance of this vulnerable group. 

Additionally, we are increasing our therapeutic capacity, with staff being trained in yogic and mindfulness techniques to help our students navigate particularly tricky times in their day. There is an abundance of statistical evidence that these softer approaches have major impact. 
We are also working hard to ensure our students literacy and numeracy skills are improved so they feel better about themselves and their learning. Pool Academy accepts students with a really broad ability range. Our Heads of Department are working together to create a really robust cross curricular literacy policy to help these young people feel successful. We are also working to ensure teachers have the skills they need to plan for these needs. 

All this alongside more established provisions provided by the Student Services Team, our Heads of House and our Pastoral Support Managers. 

When we think of emotional wellbeing, many of us imagine the most challenging of situations. However, there are multiple reasons that can lead to a young person experiencing difficulties. An absent parent. An impending divorce. Bereavement. Low levels of literacy. Friendship difficulties. Financial worries at home. Etc. There be no stigma around opening an honest, non-judgemental discussion with us about why your child may be struggling. When we start to communicate honestly, we are beginning to help our young people most effectively.
If you think your child is having difficulties with their wellbeing, please let us know. In the first instance this can be the Form Tutor, or Head of Year. For more serious concerns contact our Safeguarding Team. Information about the Safeguarding Team, and other local support groups can be found here. Please keep them somewhere handy.

Best Wishes,


Rachel Facey- rfa@poolacademy.co.uk
Assistant Head for Wellbeing and Additional Educational Needs
 

Monthly Letter (May 2018)

Dear Parent / Carer

Every month I have tried to give you a flavour of the exciting things that have been happening across the academy, along with a summary of key future dates for your calendar.  These letters have been texted to parents, along with adding them to our website (http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/letters-home/)  If you have any suggestions for how to improve these letters, or you have had trouble accessing these letters by text, please let me know by emailing principal@poolacademy.co.uk or asking for Mrs Sadie Sutcliffe when phoning 01209 712 220.

Digital Academy

From September students will have the chance to explore the digital world as part of our Digital Academy.  We are linking up with employers and local colleges to enable students to have hands-on experience of new technologies from Game making and Digital media to Programming and Robotics.  Students who enroll in the Digital Academy will have regular visits to enhance their learning, and to find out from a local Tech community what it is like to work in this exciting field.  As a result students will be equipped to shape the digital world they are growing up in.

Art Gallery

We are very excited about Pool Academy’s Art Gallery.  Our hope is that the Gallery will be used by our students and also the local communities.  We are currently blocking up windows and painting walls in readiness to receive our first selection from the Cornwall Schools’ Art Collection.  The Cornwall Schools’ Art Collection comprises paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. Artists represented include Jacob Epstein, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallace and Terry Frost.  Students from Year 7, 8 and 9 will work with artist Jonty Lees to select, exhibit, interpret and document these works. They will create new knowledge around these works which will exist in various forms such as podcasts, captions, workshops etc.  We have also been working with our artist in residence, Turner Prize nominee Hilary Lloyd, who has been helping us think about what our gallery should be like. Next month we will be inviting you to the launch of the gallery but for now, here is the first draft of our website: https://www.poolschoolgallery.org/

GCSE Exams

Year 11 have entered the exam season and have made an excellent start.  There are revision sessions running both before and after school. Teachers are available for any last minute questions and revision tips.  Thank you to parents and carers for your continued support with helping the students to be prepared. Good luck Year 11 - you will be great!

We have also started the process of getting our Year 10s prepared for their Mock exams.  Revision materials have been emailed out to students with links to past papers, apps, websites and subject areas on the school website in the ‘Parent area’. Some subject areas are offering extra support sessions after school for students and materials have been passed onto tutors so that students can revise in tutor time.  Exams begin on 18th June and we ask that parents and carers take an active role in helping students to prepare so please do read the information being sent home and come along to the Mocks Results evening on the 18th July. We wish the Yr10s the best of luck for their exams!

Peer Support

We have been running regular peer support meetings with representatives from each tutor and year group.  We have created toilets just for Year 7 and Year 8 use as requested by their representatives. We are now in the process of creating rooms for break and lunchtime which will be manned by trained student volunteers to support and advise students where this might be appropriate.  The red button on students’ iPads now has direct links that takes them to a list of bodies that can offer support for any concerns, such as the NSPCC or Kooth.

Prefects

Last week, we said our final ‘thank you’ to our Year 11 Prefects, including Amber (Head Girl) and Sol (Head Boy).  Interviews have taken place for our new prefects and the successful students will be informed this week. We look forward to seeing them continue to represent our academy in the next 12 months.  

Olympian Mentoring

The Olympian mentoring programme is going really positively with students being supported by Thinus Delport - International Rugby player and Emily Hibbs - Commonwealth Clay Pigeon Shooter.  The students involved are hugely lucky to be supported by these successful athletes, and have focused on motivation, leadership and self-esteem through sporting activities.

Transition Sessions

We have been holding activity sessions for Year 5 and 6 Primary students.  The sessions have been very well attended and have included activities such as Take Off and Bake Off, Experiments Galore,  Buzz’s VR Experience and Robot Challenge to name but a few. You can see some photos on our website and facebook page.

Buzz the Bear

Congratulations to Buzz and Phil Jones who recently completed the London Marathon 2018!  Phil and Buzz trained hard for months to be able to run the 26.2 mile route through the capital city.  It was such a hot day but Buzz and Phil did extremely well and raised thousands of pounds for charity. Buzz has had a couple of days of rest before training again and trying out new equipment for another adventure.  We can’t say much about it yet but I can say it involves Buzz, his friend and a ROCKET!

Parental questionnaire

Thank you for completing the questionnaire during this academic year - your responses have allowed us to prioritise our actions to ensure students (and their families) have the very best experience whilst at Pool Academy.  We hope you will take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire for the final time this academic year, so we can review our progress this year and ensure the next academic year is even better. The link to the questionnaire is here. We hope the online survey has been easy to use but we have enclosed a paper copy with this letter too in case you would prefer to complete an offline copy.  The questionnaire will be open until Tuesday 12th June, 12pm so please try to complete the online form, or return your paper copy to reception, before that date.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up including first day back in September:

Year 5 and Year 6 Transition sessions continue

Miss Meakin, principal@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Year 11 Students start study leave

13th June

Miss Meakin, principal@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Sports Day

19th June

Mr Durant, ad@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Friends of Pool Academy

19th June

18:00 - 19:00

Mr McKenzie, wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Year 9 Parents’ evening

20th June, 16:30 - 18:30

Mr McKenzie, wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Curriculum Enrichment

& Work Experience Week

w/c 25th June

Mr McKenzie, wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

Mrs Grenfell, ng@poolacadmey.co.uk

 

Year 6 Parents’ evening

4th July

18:00 - 19:30

Ms Carter, nc@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Year 11 Prom

5th July

17:00 - 23:00

Miss Conway-Baker, kco@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Academy Awards Evening

12th July

(Arrival from 18:00)

18:30 - 20:00

Mrs York, sy@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Community Awards Evening

17th July

(Arrival from 18:00)

18:30 - 20:00

Mr Hamblin, nh@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Mocks Results evening

18th July

17:30 - 18:30

Mrs Phillips, jp2@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Last day of term.  (Students finish at 13:15)

Friday 20th July, 13:15

Miss Meakin, principal@poolacademy.co.uk

 

GCSE Exam Results

Thursday 23rd August, 9:00

Mrs Rowe, tr@poolacademy.co.uk

 

First day back for all students

Wednesday 5th September

Miss Meakin, principal@poolacademy.co.uk

 

Finally, a few notices for next year:

Uniform

Please can I draw your attention to the uniform page on our website http://www.poolacademy.co.uk/uniform/ , in particular 8 key areas:

  • Ties and Blazers.  These must be worn each day.  Students will be allowed to remove blazers during hot weather though.

  • Trousers.  These should be a ‘formal cut’ and not skinny trousers.

  • Skirts.  These again should be a formal cut and not tube skirts.

  • Socks.  If visible, these should be black only.

  • Shoes.  These should be black, polishable shoes without a logo.

  • Hairstyles.  Hair should be neat and conventional with no extremes of style or colour that draw attention.

  • Jewellery.  Rings, bracelets, wristbands, visible necklaces and piercings (other than 1 small stud in each ear) are not allowed.

  • Makeup and nail varnish.  We ask that makeup is kept to a minimum.  Nail varnish is not acceptable.

We ask that all parents support this uniform policy and reserve the right in September to challenge any student not in full uniform.  As always though, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s tutor or Head of House in the first instance.

Academy Inset Dates for 2018/19

  • 3rd September 2018

  • 4th September 2018

  • 22nd July 2019

  • 23rd July 2019

  • 24th July 2019.

If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please get in touch.   

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal
 

Year 10 College Taster Days

23rd May 2018

Dear Parent / Carer                                                                                 

Year 10 Taster Day at Truro College

On Wednesday 13th June, students have the opportunity to attend Truro College on a ‘Taster Day’. This will give them the chance to experience various Post 16 courses available to them at the college.

The students will leave after registration and return to school by 2.55pm. Truro College are providing coaches to collect and return students, they will also be providing students with lunch.

 Year 10 Taster Day at Cornwall College

On Thursday 5th July, students again will have the opportunity to attend a ‘Taster Day’, this time at Cornwall College or at one of their other sites.

The students will again leave after registration and walk over to the college, those that have chosen to go to one of the other sites will be taken by mini bus. Students will need to bring a packed lunch.

Students will not be required to wear school uniform for either sessions, however we would advise smart/casual clothing. Students will need to wear suitable clothing for the activities chosen, so PE kit for sports activities and closed shoes for construction.

Would you please complete the attached slip below and return it to the school by Monday 4th June.

Yours sincerely

Nikki Grenfell

Careers & Work Experience Co-Ordinator

01209 712220

Ski/Snowboard Trip. Bormio (Italy) 5th- 13th April 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Pool Academy will be running a trip with Camborne Science and International Academy to Bormio in northern Italy during part of the 2019 Easter Holidays. 

Activities include: 

•    Six days of ski tuition (four hours per day with the option of additional skiing)
•    Full ski equipment, helmets and boot hire.
•    Apres ski activities (this could include swimming and bum boarding)
•    Full board accommodation, including hot lunches.
•    Bus travel to/from Bormio (and within the resort).

The cost for this trip is £835* 


The Bormio trip is available to 42 students from Year 10. To apply for a place on this trip please return the reply slip below to Mr McKenzie via Student Reception. Students have until Friday 8th June 2018 to submit their application.

Pool Academy ski trips are popular so the attendance and behaviour of students will be factors considered when issuing places for the trip and will be monitored prior to the trip. Please note: the deposit will not be banked until your child has a confirmed place on the trip. Students will be notified before the end of the school year if they have been offered a place on the trip.

Once places have been confirmed deposits will not be refundable. 

If you have any queries, please contact me on the email address/phone number listed below. 

Yours sincerely

Mr W McKenzie (wmc@poolacademy.co.uk) 

Assistant Principal

Tel: 01209 712220

Limited Chemical Spillage Incident

15th May 2018


Dear Parents / Carers

I wanted to make sure you are aware of an incident today.

The Fire Service attended the Academy this morning and very efficiently removed a bottle of concentrated Nitric Acid from our chemical store which had been spilled.  The chemical store is located in the Technician’s Office and therefore the students do not have access to this chemical store.  As a precaution, site and science staff have sought medical attention but none have reported any symptoms.  

Our Exams Officer has informed the Exams Board about the incident and they are aware that revision immediately prior to the exam was covered by teachers who are not the students’ main science teachers.  

Whilst this incident took place in an area inaccessible to students, in the unlikely event that your child complains of feeling unwell we would recommend that you contact your local GP or phone 111 for advice.

I will be in contact with the Exam Board again later today and will keep in touch regularly with them to ensure that no student is negatively affected by the incident.

As ever, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal  

Adverse Weather Policy

May 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

Adverse Weather / Emergency Closure Policy

 Following on from the recent bad weather, we have produced the above policy which will come into immediate effect.

Please can we ask that you follow this link which will take you to the new Adverse Weather / Emergency Closure Policy.

Could you please take your time to read and then download the letter in order to complete and return the slip which will give your child the necessary consent to walk home / get the school bus from Pool Academy if required.

This reply slip will be valid for 5 years from the date it is signed, or the period of time your child attends the academy.

It will be your responsibility to inform the academy if your circumstances change and your child is no longer allowed to walk home / get the school bus home from the academy.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Neesham

Vice Principal

 

Monthly Letter (April 2018)

April 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Easter break.

Year 10 mock exams will begin on the 13th of June. The exam timetables are being finalised by our Exams Officer and will be emailed to students as soon as possible. Mrs Phillips will be running a number of revision and support assemblies to help prepare the students with revision skills and departments will be directing students what to be studying at home. The exams results evening will be held on Wednesday 18th July where we would love to see all Year 10 students alongside parents and carers attending to collect results and information about beginning our journey into Year 11 together. 

The exam season is well and truly underway.  Seeing some students completing their French/Spanish speaking and the 10 hour Art exams..  Year 11 students have completed their final Revision reviews and these are being used to focus their revision and  help them with the final preparations for the next round of exams.

We have a Support Meeting on the 10th of May for both parents and students with information about the exam Timetable, key revision tips and information.  This evening will run from 6pm and feel free to come with any concerns or questions you may have.

The Year 8 Parents’ Evening is on Wednesday 9th May between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. To make appointments with your child’s teachers, please visit pool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to use our online booking system. All year 8 students should now have received details about their options choices for year 9

Applications are open for students to apply for Prefect positions. All year 10 students will receive an email with the application process and what will be expected of them in a powerpoint.  The closing date for applications is 3pm on Wednesday 9th May.  Interviews will take place after this with successful students being informed before May half term.

On Monday 23rd April, 9 year 10 boys attended the South West Regional Finals for Futsal.  This came after being crowned County Champions in February.  They travelled up to Swindon to represent Plymouth Argyle at the competition.  The boys played against teams such as Bristol City, Exeter City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Newport County and Swindon Town. The boys put in a brilliant performance throughout but unfortunately couldn’t do enough to make it to the semi final play-offs. 

You may have heard that there is a new piece of legislation coming into force in May called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We have the highest standards of data security in our school and are working with our suppliers to assure they are compliant with the new laws. As part of this, we will be asking again for your consent in the ways we use your and your child's data.  A letter will be sent home with more details in May.

We are pleased to welcome a new Catering Manager to Pool Academy, Marc Occhilupo.  Marc has an an extensive background in catering with 25 years as a chef working for the likes of Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein.  Over the coming months, Marc will be initiating new ideas, menus and promotional material which will benefit our school, pupils and the community alike.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Year 5 and Year 6 students over this summer term to Pool Academy for activities, both during the day and after school.  We are very proud of all the current Pool Academy students who have volunteered to support them.


The next meeting of the Friends of Pool Academy will be on the 1st May at 6pm.  The agenda is as follows:-


Meet the site team
Meet E Wooderson  -  Health and Community Manager at CN4C - Lottery funded engagement activities and support for parents at Pool Academy
Trustees - charitable status
Purpose of Friends of Pool Academy

Please note that the last day for Year 11 students is the 13th June when they will then start their study leave.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up in May:

Friends of Pool Academy meeting
1st May
18:00 - 19:00
Mr McKenzie
(Assistant Principal)
wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

Transition sessions begin for Y6s
2nd May
15:45 - 16:45
Miss Meakin
(Principal)
principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Year 8 Parents’ evening
9th May
16:30 - 18:30
Mr McKenzie
(Assistant Principal)
wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

GCSE Exams start
14th May
Mrs Rowe
(Exams Officer)
tr@poolacademy.co.uk

Half Term
Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June

If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please do get in touch.   

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

Principal

Monthly Letter (March 2018)

23rd March 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

Thank you for your support and understanding during the wintry weather.  Closing the academy is always a last resort but the safety of students and staff is of paramount importance.  

Thank you also to all the parents and friends who made it to watch our Talent Show last night.  I am so proud of all our students and I loved seeing the range of talents on display! If you missed this one, I do hope you can join us for the next - you will not leave disappointed!

Student questionnaire results

We conduct a student questionnaire each term to get the students’ views on school. Mr Walker has been discussing the responses from the latest one with representatives from each tutor group to decide the best next steps. One key focus for next term is looking into separate toilets for Year 7 and Year 8 since the students say they would feel happier.

Anti-Bullying Charter

The student leadership representatives from each tutor have been meeting once a week. These sessions have been led by the Head Boy and Head Girl. Proposals going forward include:

  • Having each year group look at creating individual posters on different types of bullying

  • Establishing rooms for break and lunchtime for students to use if they want to talk to another student about something concerning them.  These will be staffed by Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. We hope to have these in place soon after Easter holiday.

‘Health Behaviour in School-aged Children’ (HBSC)

This is a cross-national study of the health behaviour and lifestyles of young people. The overall goal of the study is to increase the effectiveness of health promotion and health education in schools and among young people in general. A standard questionnaire is used, allowing information on the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of young people in England to be compared with the same age groups in other countries participating in the survey.  The school will be participating in the survey and further information will follow in April.

Update about the new GCSE Grading

We recently updated the school website with a fact sheet from the DfE about GCSE grading.  If you missed it please find further details here: New GCSE Factsheet for Parents

Year 8 Options

Thank you to all our Year 8 parents for ensuring the options forms were returned on time.  We are currently working through the list to ensure students all get the subjects they want.  We hope to have confirmation of these to you when we share the students’ full reports on 26th April.

Year 10 Assessments

All Year 10 students will be sitting assessments at the end of the academic year.  These will allow us to target revision and support across the whole of Year 11. We will be inviting our Year 10 parents in to collect results from these assessments with their child so we can explain the results in full detail, along with how students

Update from Friends of Pool Academy meeting on 6th March

Agenda items discussed included: Meeting Rachel Facey (SENDCo), Parental questionnaire responses, Data and reporting, Homework expectations, The Anti-bullying Charter, Hard canopy areas, Citizenship award and the potential for ‘Friends of Pool Academy’ to gain charitable status.  The minutes can be found here: Minutes

These meetings are open to all parents and we would always welcome new parents.  The next meeting is on 1st May 2018 with agenda items so far including:

  • Meet the site team

  • Meet E Wooderson  -  Health and Community Manager at CN4C - Lottery funded engagement activities and support for parents at Pool Academy

  • Trustees - charitable status

  • Purpose of Friends of Pool Academy

Pool Academy Art Gallery

Students are taking part in an exciting opportunity to help set up a charity funded Art Gallery within the premises of Pool Academy.  Students will be working with Project Leader, Jonty Lees, and will be given the chance to make decisions on how the Gallery will grow such as choosing the Gallery logo.  They will also be working with our ICT team to develop the look of the website and include trips to visit other galleries to gain inspiration and ideas. The students will also have the privilege of taking part in two planned Art workshops run by leading Artists including Hilary Lloyd, a Turner Prize nominee.  The Gallery will become part of the school landscape and will eventually host exhibitions and workshops for people in the wider community, as well as being used as a resource centre for our students. We also have plans to set up the ‘Arts Award’ for students and the wider community supported by Cornwall Museums Partnership.

Transition Ambassadors

We were delighted with the number of students who applied to be transition ambassadors.  After Easter we will be visiting next year’s new Year 7 students in their primary schools and the transition ambassadors will play a key role in supporting the students to feel confident and excited about their new school

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up in April and May:

 

Easter Holidays start - 30th March

Start of Term - 16th April

Olympian Mentoring programme continues - 17th April - Mr Durant (Head of PE) - ad@poolacademy.co.uk

STEM event - 20th April - Mr Jones (STEM Coordinator) - jjo@poolacademy.co.uk

Year 8 reports to parents - 26th April - Mr Walker (Assistant Principal) - sw@poolacademy.co.uk

Year 10 Parents’ evening - 26th April, 16:30 - 18:30 - Mr McKenzie (Assistant Principal) - wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

Friends of Pool Academy meeting - 1st May - 18:00 to 19:00 - Mr McKenzie (Assistant Principal) - wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

Transition sessions begin for Y6s - 2nd May - 15:45 to 16:45 - Miss Meakin (Principal) - principal@poolacademy.co.uk

Apple Conference - 4th May - Mr Bareham (Head of Computing) - tb@poolacademy.co.uk

Year 8 Parents’ evening - 8th May - 16:30 - 18:30 - Mr McKenzie (Assistant Principal) -wmc@poolacademy.co.uk

If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please do get in touch.   

Yours sincerely

 Miss Claire Meakin

Principal
 

Year 11 Easter Revision Sessions

21st March 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

As we approach the exam season it becomes all the more important that our students maximise their opportunities to revise and prepare for the summer GCSE exams. 

The Easter holidays allow us to organise and run focussed sessions that will allow our students to extend and deepen their understanding of the subjects they are studying and to this end we as a school, are running several sessions throughout the holiday.

We highly recommend that your child attends these sessions and cannot stress the value that we place in the topics and subject content that will be covered by them.

The table below informs you of the sessions currently being offered.  We would appreciate you highlighting the sessions that your child will attend.

Date                           Subject                                   Focus                                        Time

Fri 6th April               Maths                                     GCSE Prep                                9am -12.30pm

                                  Science                                   All / Required practical            1pm – 4pm

Mon 9th April            French & Spanish (HIGHER ONLY) Writing/Reading and Listening                                                                                                                                                   9am - 1pm

                                  French & Spanish (FOUNDATION ONLY) Writing/Reading and Listening                                                                                                                                        1.30pm-4.30pm

Weds 11th April           Maths                                  GCSE Prep                                 9am -1pm

                                     Art Exam Prep                   Exam Prep                                 9 am - 2pm

Thurs 12th April           Geography                         Paper 1                                       9am - 4pm

                                    Art Exam Prep                    Coursework                                9am - 2pm

                                    History              Content (your choice)/exam questions       10am – 2pm

                                    Music GCSE                         Coursework                               9am - 1pm

Fri 13th April               Drama                             Folder work and unit 1 prep           12pm -3pm

                                    History             Content (your choice)/exam questions        10am -2pm

                                    Music GCSE                    Coursework                                     9am - 1pm

If you would like your child to attend, please download the form to complete here and return to: Student Reception by Monday 26th March 2018.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Head of Department.

Yours sincerely

Middle Leadership Team

Year 8 Options Update

Dear Parent / Carer

Many thanks for submitting the options form with your child. We are now in the process of reviewing the choices made. 

As part of this review we will now be looking at first and second choices in consultation with tutors and Heads of Department.  Where a child’s first choice is not possible, or a specific option cannot run, we will consult with yourselves and your child over the next 4 weeks.

We aim to have the choices finalised and released in the first week of the Summer term when you will receive written confirmation of your child’s options for Year 9.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the process.

Yours sincerely

Mr Ryder

Assistant Principal

Parent/Carer Monthly Letter (February)

Dear Parent / Carer

Just before half term letters I wrote to you with the results of our Spring survey which we were delighted with.  In summary, at least 80% of parents said:


Their child is happy
Their child feels safe
Their child is well looked after
They were happy or very happy with the progress their child is making
Their child is taught well
Pool Academy ensures students behave
Pool Academy is well led and managed

The Senior Leadership Team have invited all parents who left their contact details in to discuss their comments and we are incredibly grateful for everyone’s support as we work together to continue to improve the experience of students and their parents.  Following on from the last questionnaire, we continue to work with the students on the Anti-Bullying Charter and we will be updating parents at our next Friends of Pool Academy meeting on 6th March at 6pm.  In my March letter, we will also update you on the results of the student questionnaire.

Our Citizenship Launch day was a huge success. Mr George Eustice MP was interviewed by some of our students and a recording of this interview was played to Years 7, 8 and 9.  He was asked questions ranging from his experiences of school, his first public speaking, to...."Are the students of Pool Academy important to the UK Government, and if so why?". Mr Hamblin said, "A number of visiting speakers gave interactive presentations, including a marathon running book writer (but not, I believe at the same time), two local Police Community Support Officers, a member of the National Citizenship Service and a representative of  The Volunteer Service.  Throughout the day students were also led to discuss what a Good Citizen is and how they can make individual contributions to the school, to develop themselves and benefit the community. In doing so they will  achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards."  Our next PSHE day is scheduled for Friday 23rd March 2018 and is entitled 'Happy, Healthy Students'

Please can I take this opportunity to remind you about our Parent Governors.  Mrs Sarah Newham and Mr Steve Eathorne represent parents on our governing board.  Mr Eathorne is the chair of the achievement committee which supports the academy to drive up academic standards, and Mrs Newham is a member of the engagement committee which supports the academy’s ‘Happy and Healthy’ agenda.  If you would like to contact either governor, please email Mrs Sutcliffe (Clerk to Governors) using ss@poolacademy.co.uk

Finally, two further notifications:

There has been some confusion about the Year 11 Leavers’ prom.  Attendance will not be linked to the number of achievement points.  If we have concerns about a student attending, as always, we will discuss this with their parents.

Mrs Boyall has decided to leave the Academy from February halfterm.  We wish her every success in her new role.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up in February and March:

Event
Date and Time
Academy Contact
Contact email address

Year 11 Parents’ evening: 27th February, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Contact: Mr Ryder (pr@poolacademy.co.uk)


Iceland Trip: 1st - 4th March
Contact: Miss Sparrow (as@poolacademy.co.uk)

 
Friends of Pool Academy (formerly Parents and Carers Forum): 6th March, 6pm
Contact: Mr McKenzie (wmc@poolacademy.co.uk)

 
Tablet Academy activity: 6th March
Contact: Mr Jones (jjo@poolacademy.co.uk)

 
Energy Quest Day: 7th March
Contact: Mr Jones (jjo@poolacademy.co.uk) 

Year 10 Reports to parents: 29th March
Contact: Mr Ryder (pr@poolacademy.co.uk)

 
Easter holiday: 30th March - 13th April
 
If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please do get in touch.   You should have received a card before halfterm with key contact details on - if you didn’t receive one, please let Mrs Sutcliffe (ss@poolacademy.co.uk) know and she’ll forward one on to you.    

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin
Principal