Thank You

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to thank you for your support over the years that I have been Principal at Pool Academy.

I was appointed in February 2001 and from that point until September 2001 I worked for one or two days a week at the school before becoming full time in September. 

The time has passed so quickly and I have many happy memories of students and staff. 

Our Ofsted Inspection in June 2017 was fantastic, as was our re-designation as a Teaching School.

Miss Meakin will take over as Principal in September.  I know she will work hard for the school and community and I am sure the school will move towards excellence.

I wish you all well for the future.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Zelma Hill

Principal

OFSTED Report

5th July 2017

Dear Parents / Carers

I am delighted to present to you Pool Academy’s recent Ofsted Report.

The school was inspected on the 6th June 2017 and judged to be a Good School.  

The Inspectors noted that the quality of teaching is good and continues to improve.  Pupil progress is good across a range of subjects.  The Inspectors were impressed, in particular, with science teaching and told me they saw inspirational teaching in science lessons.  

The Inspectors were also impressed by the behaviour of our students and noted the school was an “orderly environment” where students demonstrate “respectful, good humoured behaviour”.  They also stated that, “Students display pride in their school” and wear their uniform “smartly”.  

Safeguarding was judged to be effective and children from all year groups said they feel safe at the school”.  

The school has four areas to address which are:-

    •    to review the system for reporting assessment outcomes in mathematics so that pupils             clearly understand how much progress they are making.

    •    develop the teaching practices established in science and share them across the school.

    •    work more closely with parents of the minority of pupils who find it difficult to come             to school regularly to improve attendance rates.

    •    ensure that the school’s Behaviour Policy is consistently applied by teachers in all                 subjects.

Miss Meakin and the Leadership Team are devising an action plan to address these areas over the next year and look forward to working in partnership with parents to continue to drive the school forwards.

Thank you for your support which is greatly appreciated by all at Pool Academy.  I would also like to express my personal thanks for your continued support as I approach my retirement.

    Yours Sincerely

    Zelma Hill
    Principal

You can download the full report here
 

Last day of term

Dear Parents/Carers

The school term finishes on the 21st July at the end of a very busy year.

On the 21st July, school will close at 1.15pm.  The school canteen will be open for lunch for students who wish to eat their lunch before departing for home.  School buses will leave at 1.45pm. 

If you wish your child to remain at school supervised until 2.55pm, please could you contact the school on 01209 712220.  If you choose to do this you will need to arrange transport at the normal time.

Start of term for Years 7-11 is Wednesday 6th September.  The new Year 7 will come into school for an induction day on Wednesday 5th July.

We look forward to welcoming students back following a safe and happy summer break.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Zelma Hill

Principal

Y6 Induction Days

Dear parent / carer

We would like to invite all Year 6 students who will be coming to Pool Academy from non -feeder primaries to join us on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of July when they will follow a specimen timetable and experience a range of lessons and meet other children who will be joining the school in September.  The sessions on Tuesday will allow them to meet other children from non-feeder primary schools, prior to meeting the other children joining us in September on the following day.

Students should arrive at School reception by 9.00am on both days, where they will be met by senior students and taken to the school gym. They will then be placed in the tutor groups that we have selected for September. Please do not drive up to the rear school car park to drop off your child.

Students should wear their Primary School uniform and it would be helpful if they could wear trainers as they will be expected to actively participate in some sessions. They will also need their pens/pencils.  Students can either bring a packed lunch or £2.30 to purchase a school meal.  Anyone entitled to a free school meal will just need to sign against their name at the canteen when they collect their meal. We will also provide all students with a drink and snack at break time. Please return the reply slip indicating your child lunchtime arrangements for the induction day and non-feeder day.

Students will be ready to leave at 3.15pm.  Please Park at the front of the school and walk to the gym at the front of school next to reception to collect your child.

Also, our Year 6 Parents’ Evening will take place on Wednesday5th July in the Main Hall at 6.30pm, where there will be an opportunity to view the school uniform, learn about how we monitor and support progress at Key Stage 3 and speak with various members of staff including your child’s new form tutor. Please return the reply slip to Pool Academy to give us an indication of whether you will be able to attend this event.

As a reminder, School commences on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 8.30am until 2.55pm.  The children will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school after their summer break and before other Year groups join us.  Further details for this day will be sent to each student soon.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01209 712220 if you have any concerns or queries regarding these arrangements.

Yours sincerely

Mr Jason Webb (Assistant Principal)

Post-Election Funding Update

Dear Parent / Carer

POST ELECTION UPDATE: FAIR AND ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING

Following the general election outcome on 8 June, Headteacher colleagues across the country and I felt that it is appropriate to contact you again regarding school funding to update on the current position.

The salient points are as follows:

·         The Conservative manifesto pledged an additional £4bn to fund schools over the next five years

·         Schools across England are still awaiting a detailed announcement relating to the introduction of an urgently needed National Funding Formula

·        School funding – and severe teacher shortages – are having a profoundly negative effect on school provision.  In a recent survey of over 750 Headteachers:

45% confirmed that 2 or significantly more teaching posts are being cut from September 2017

92% said school funding was ‘inadequate’ or ‘at crisis point’

90% stated that recruitment was either ‘difficult’ or ‘extremely challenging’

 

Against this background, it is crucial that the new Government responds quickly and effectively to a growing crisis in our schools.

We are encouraged that following the election, the media have widely reported a recognition by the Prime Minister that our concerns “must be addressed”.

We remain concerned, however, that the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies recently stated that when rising student numbers and inflationary costs are taken in to account, an input of £4bn will still lead to a “real terms cut of 2.8% in per pupil funding between 2016 and 2022”. This represents a huge sum of money.

The only way for our cash-starved schools to function effectively is for proper investment – capital/buildings and revenue - to be made into existing schools.  The Government must also avoid giving schools additional money through a new formula and then taking it back again through “hidden costs” and stealth taxes.

Along with headteachers from 17 counties stretching from Cornwall to Norfolk and many points in between, I am determined to work collaboratively to ensure fair and adequate school funding for every school is achieved. As such, headteachers will complete and encourage the following actions:

·         Make the strongest representations to local MPs to ensure that all our schools receive adequate funding. It is crucial that they use their unique influence to hold the government to account on behalf of every child and their families. (We are sending a copy of this update to our six MPs in Cornwall).

·         Continue to encourage parents and carers to campaign vigorously to secure adequate school funding. There are national and regional parental groups that are keen to gain your support. They include the group ‘Fair Funding for all Schools’:  www.fairfundingforallschools.org

·         Update all stakeholders regularly

Can I thank you again for your unstinting support which is clearly making a positive difference to our crucial campaign.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Zelma Hill

Principal

OFSTED Inspection

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of Pool Academy by Ofsted

We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 06 June 2017. The lead inspector will be Paul Williams, HMI. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 06 June 2017 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 06 June 2017.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000131037. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully

Oliver Ready

Study Leave for Y11 2017

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Your child’s GCSE examination series starts at the beginning of May.  In order to support students, we have ensured that we have a comprehensive programme of revision in addition to your child’s timetabled lessons


Revision sessions will run prior to the examinations and where there is a morning examination breakfast will be served – at no cost to the students – from 8.15am in the school canteen. 
Once the exams are completed for a subject the timetabled time slot will be allocated to other subjects for revision of subjects yet to be examined. This will all be managed in school and students will be informed. 

The last school day for Year 11 will be Wednesday 14th June.  Year 11 will have their normal school day from 8.30 till 11.15 am and then a leavers’ assembly from 11.15 to 11.45am.  Students  can then go on study leave from 11.45am.  Students will be expected to be in school uniform for this day. 

Some students will have a history examination on the afternoon of the 14th June. Those students are encouraged to stay in school to attend a revision session and early lunch will be available for them. Their examination will start at 1.15pm.   

While students are on study leave from the 14th June, teachers will still be available to see them and support them with their revision during their timetabled lessons.  If students wish to come in after study leave commences, they must make sure they sign in at reception.  They do not have to be in uniform for these revision sessions. 

Students must arrive in good time for their examinations – at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their examination.  It is important to remember that students have to come into school in their full uniform for examinations.  Once the exam series is finished, any donations of uniform for our second hand uniform sale are welcomed. 

If you require an additional copy of the exam timetable please email our exams officer: tr@poolacademy.co.uk.  If you have any questions / concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me: al@poolacademy.co.uk

Yours sincerely
 
Mrs A Ludlow
Assistant Principal
 

PSHE/RE Summer Term

Dear Parent/Carer,

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) is an important part of our school curriculum. It provides students with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to live confident, safe and healthy lives.

All students will be covering the topic of Radicalisation at the start of this term as part of our PREVENT programme. Students will then move on to look at the following topics:

Year 7

Healthy/unhealthy relationships

Relationships – girlfriends/boyfriends

Year 8

An introduction to sex and the law

Stereotypes and prejudice

Year 9

Sexting

Young people in the media/child sexual exploitation

Year 10

Healthy and Safety in the workplace (in preparation for work experience placements)

Managing relationships/strong emotions

Year 11

Revision/keeping calm/stress relief

 

The topics that your son/daughter will be covering during their RE lessons this term are:

Year 7

Christianity in Cornwall

Year 8

Christianity in Cornwall, including local saints

Year 9

Christianity in Cornwall, including modern paganism

Year 10

Christianity (thematic studies) – Relationships and Families

Year 11

Christianity (thematic studies) – Crime and Punishment

If you have any questions about our PSHE or RE programmes or would like any more information about specific schemes of learning please do not hesitate to contact me at mw@poolacademy.co.uk or Mrs Neesham (Assistant Principal) lne@poolacademy.co.uk

Kind regards,

Miss M Williams

Head of PSHE/RE

Letter from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents and Carers

As you know Mrs Hill is retiring at the end of the academic year after 17 years of highly successful and dedicated service to Pool Academy as Principal. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Governors, staff, students, parents and carers to thanks Mrs Hill for everything she has given the school during this time.

On behalf of the governing body, I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Miss Claire Meakin as our new Principal. Miss Meakin is currently our Vice Principal and has worked at the academy for over 8 years.

Miss Meakin will commence this role from 1st September 2017 and during the next term, Mrs Hill and Miss Meakin will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition for the academy and the local community.

The Governors and I have every confidence that Miss Meakin will continue to take the academy from strength to strength.

Yours sincerely

Mr Nick Lake

Chair of Governors

Mobile Phones Policy

Dear Parents and Carers

From Monday 20th March 2017, Pool Academy will not allow any mobile phone use during the school day.

If you wish for your child to carry a phone with them for their journeys to and from school, the expectation is that it is switched off and remains in their bag once they enter the school building.  

Should you need to contact your child during the school day, please use the standard procedure of phoning or emailing the school. This will allow us to support your child appropriately if the need arises.

As you are aware the school iPads are filtered whilst being used at school and at home.  We appreciate your support monitoring the use of all mobile devices.

We understand that there may be exceptional circumstances that mean an individual student may need to have access to their phone during the day.  If this is the case, please do get in touch with your child's form tutor, head of house or any member of the pastoral or senior leadership teams to discuss how we can achieve this.

If you have any concerns about how to safeguard your child’s use of mobile technology, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Yours faithfully,


Mrs Zelma Hill
Principal

Skills Show Trip


Dear Parent/Carer

Skills Show – Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Plymouth Pavilions

On Thursday 2nd March, all year 10 students will travel by coach to attend the Skills Show that is being held at the Plymouth Pavilions.

The event is run by Skills South West as part of a national series of careers, jobs and skills events, bringing young people aged 14-19 face-to-face with employers, training providers, further education colleges, universities, professional bodies and sector specific organisations. This highly interactive event offers learning through experiences, with exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations helping visitors to focus on areas of interest, as well as encouraging them to explore different routes into a vast range of career opportunities.

Please can students bring a packed lunch with them and a drink. Students entitled to a free school meal will be provided with a packed lunch and bottle of water. Students should wear full school uniform and bring a jacket, their iPad and pencil case. They will need to keep their personal belongings with them all day. Students will arrive back at school for the end of the normal school day. 

This is an amazing opportunity for students to start seriously considering their future pathways and we are really excited to have the opportunity to attend. Transporting the students to Plymouth is a big undertaking and is very costly. We are asking parents/carers for a £3.50 voluntary contribution to help subsidise the cost of the transport. 

Yours sincerely,


Miss M Williams
Head of PSHE/Careers
 

Spring Term Round-Up

Dear Parent / Carer

As we are now comfortably into 2017, we would like to thank you for your on-going support and share with you some good news.  Our data shows clearly that behaviour has improved across the entire school in all year groups.  We are really pleased with how the students are showing improved behaviour for learning.  We are working with our Student Leadership Team who have prioritised praise and achievement rewards as a target for the coming months and we are also working on a students’ bulletin, similar to the fortnightly bulletin which is available on our website or posted to those parents who have requested it.

Prefects

Our Prefect Team have been tremendous.  As well as leading in some assemblies, they are ambassadors for the school and have their own duty rota.  In the next few weeks we will be receiving Prefect applications from our Year 10.  If your child is in Year 10, please encourage them to apply.  This is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop leadership skills and support the community and it is, of course, something to add to their College applications and CVs. 

C3 Detentions

We have reviewed our Behaviour Policy and would like to clarify some expectations and explain the C3 detention system.

Currently, all C3 detentions will be taking place from 3pm-4pm in the Main Hall.  We have combined behaviour and homework detentions as we consider not completing homework a behavioural concern.  Two members of staff will be present during that time and a student will be required to complete a reflection about their actions that have led to the detention.  Students are expected to attend in full uniform and behave in the appropriate manner during that time and we appreciate your support with enforcing this.  We would also like to draw to your attention that the time for the Inclusion Room is from 8.15am until 4pm. 

Uniform

We sent a letter on the 12th December 2016 clarifying the school’s position with regard to uniform.  We would like to reiterate that although most of our students are very smart in their uniform, some students are still coming to school inappropriately dressed.   A reminder about trousers; these should be smart, formal cut without logos and black jeans are absolutely not permitted.  Sweatshirts and hoodies should not be worn in any circumstances.  Rings, bracelets and piercings are not allowed.  Footwear should be all black shoes that are able to be polished (not canvas), preferably without logo or logo should be in black.  We appreciate that you may like your child to use a mobile phone to and from school but we again ask for your support that the phone is not used by your child during the school day as this may be removed from the child and that the school is not responsible for any damage that may occur as a result of a phone / gadget being brought on site.  

Film Warning about On-line Grooming

Leicestershire Police has produced a film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming that has been made publicly available, based on the story of a teenager, Kayleigh Haywood.  The film highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed on-line without them or those around them knowing it is happening. We would like to show this video as part of our PSHE scheme of learning to our students but appreciate that the content is sensitive and that parents may wish to view this first. 

Please visit www.leics.police.uk/categories/kayleighs-love-story-film in order to view the full version.  If you do not wish your child to watch this at school please let Mrs Williams know (mw@poolacademy.co.uk).

Yours sincerely

Mrs Zelma Hill
Principal

Y11 Exam Support

Dear Parent / Carer, 

GCSE Examination season is fast approaching and we want to ensure that your child feels prepared.  As a school, we are working to secure the best possible outcomes for your child’s future.

Enclosed with this letter is a Parent Support Pack.  This pack includes the following: 
•    An after-school revision timetable that details the days that subjects are offering After School Revision from 3pm till 4pm.  This revision is run by the subject specialists and will focus on the skills that students need to develop for their GCSE Examinations. 
•    GCSE Exam Revision Preparation information that informs you of the ways that your child can best prepare for their GCSE examinations.  It informs you about examination timings and content as well as useful links to revision resources. 
•    Additional information that supports you by sharing ways that you can support your child:  ‘How can you help your child prepare for their GCSEs?’
•    An ‘Examination Guidelines’ booklet which contains the procedures for examinations including: expectations of conduct in exams, what to do in case of illness and information about collection of results. This booklet also contains the information from the Joint Council for Qualifications, which details the legal guidelines for examinations.  
We have provided all students with logins to a website called ‘GCSE Pod’.  This website provides in-depth online subject knowledge for all of our GCSE subjects.  It is resourced with a 25,000 strong dynamic Question Bank, as well as hundreds of videos that students can access this directly from their iPad and download to support their revision. 
Students will also be having subject specific revision assemblies every Monday to prepare them for the examinations and give them the advice they need to secure the best possible results. 
Attendance to the after school revision is linked to rewards. There is a half termly draw for £25 worth of ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers and the names then roll over to a final draw for driving lessons before Year 11 leave us in the Summer term.  
It is important to ensure students manage their time properly and plan their revision.  We have been looking at how to do this during tutor time and during our PSHE days.  

Each Year 11 student has also been assigned with two mentors from school to support them with their revision planning and provide guidance through this busy time.  One of your child’s mentors is a member of the College Leadership team. This ‘Super mentor’ is available at any time during the school day for your child, and you, to support with any issues that may arise. Details of who your child’s Super-mentor is will be sent out separately and will include contact details so that you can reach them easily.  
On the 28th February we will be holding our Year 11 Progress evening 4.30 -6.30pm that will allow you to make appointments to see subject teachers about your child’s progress. Details of the evening, booking system and Year 11 full reports will be with you by the beginning of the half term. 
We are aware that this time of their GCSE course can be stressful for students and we want to provide as much support as we can for students.  
If you have any concerns, or would like to speak to me further about any of details in this letter then please do not hesitate to contact me 01209 712220 or email: al@poolacademy.co.uk

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs A Ludlow
Key Stage 4 Assistant Principal

Pupil Support Pack- Download here
 

Education Funding

Dear Parents

At a meeting of Cornwall’s secondary Headteachers and Principals last Friday, 27th January, it was agreed that this letter would be sent to all parents explaining to them the very serious financial pressures that schools in the county are facing.  We are delighted that our colleagues in primary schools across Cornwall are also writing to parents.  The heads and their governing bodies are also writing to their MP; many have already done so.

Over the past three years, the Government has imposed real terms funding cuts on schools by freezing the amount of money that is allocated to schools for each pupil. At the same time schools have seen increased costs that are really biting into school budgets. Inflation, the national Living Wage, the imminent apprenticeship levy are all considerable budgetary pressures, and the contributions that schools have to make towards their employees pensions and National Insurance contributions have risen significantly. This affects maintained schools and academies alike, both primary and secondary. Whilst the amount of money coming into schools from government has remained static at the per pupil level, the amount going out on expenditure due to government imposed changes has risen very considerably and for many schools it looks as if worse times are ahead.

Schools across the country are funded at different levels, and have been for many years. Generally, schools in rural areas are funded at a lower level than those in cities, and within each county there can be quite a wide variation of funding. This government has been brave enough to try and address these differences, and in December, proposals were published for a new ‘National Funding Formula’. On paper, the formula will result in additional funds coming into Cornwall which is to be celebrated. However, key to the new proposal is limiting the losses a school anywhere in the country will ever experience to a maximum of 3%. The differences between one area of the country and another are much larger than 3%, and so this will have the effect of perpetuating the current imbalance of Cornish schools being funded at a far lower rate than others in different parts of the country.

As you may well be aware, many schools in Cornwall are already struggling with their finances, and have been for some years. The new proposals are complex, but it is clear that the different funding factors that make up a school’s budget will result in many of our schools actually losing even more funding, and the proposals do nothing to help the majority of schools in our county. Nationally, using the government’s own formula and statistics, the National Association of Headteachers, the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers & Lecturers, have shown that between now and 2020 there will be an average cut in funding of 8.7% in secondary schools across the country. 

The proposals are currently out for consultation, and MPs from across England have been raising their concerns with the Secretary of State and on the floor of the House of Commons. Most notably, the Chair of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady has asserted that "it is clear that the draft published by the DfE does not rectify the long-standing unfairness of education funding,” and many other senior Conservative MPs have already publicly condemned the funding reforms announced. We are urging our local MPs to add their voice to the growing concerns being expressed nationally!

Some Cornish secondary schools have already made staff redundancies over the last three or four years and class sizes have already increased as headteachers and governors try hard to manage the increasing economic pressures they face.  We do not want your children’s education to be compromised. We do not want them to miss out on being taught a full curriculum in a school which has sufficient teachers and support staff to give them the attention they need to do well, flourish and make the best of their education. The current Government was elected on a manifesto that promised to protect school funding. Whilst we acknowledge there is more money in the national system, it is clear that this pledge is not being honoured in real financial terms for different schools across the country and specifically in Cornwall. 

We are asking our MPs to press the Chancellor to use the Budget to announce increased education spending. We are also asking our MPs to stress the impossible financial situation that Cornwall’s schools are facing when meeting with the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening and her ministers. 

What can parents do to help and support their local school and community?

The more people that raise their concerns with their MP, the more likelihood there is that changes may be made. The government is currently consulting on their funding reforms, so now is the time for Cornish parents to make their voice heard. You can do two things:

•    Sign a national online petition by clicking on this link: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/contact-us  AND
•    Email your MP; you can use this link if you wish: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/email-your-mp 

Your local MP will be expecting to hear from you – they know that we are sending this letter to you all! 

Yours sincerely
              
Mrs Zelma Hill           Mr Nick Lake
Principal                    Chair of Governors
 

Earth House Trampoline Trip

31st January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

RE: Earth House Trip – Trampoline Park

I am very pleased to inform you that a trip to the Pool Trampoline Park has been arranged  for pupils of Earth House on Friday 24th February. Pupils will leave school at 1.30pm and will arrive back at 3.20pm, where they will be dismissed to go home unless the school is notified otherwise.  The cost of the trip is £6.00 per student and includes trampoline sock hire.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to come together as a House and we are very much looking forward to it.  There are 65 places available which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis for students who have 15 achievement points or more. Any student with behaviour incidents shall be reviewed on an individual basis as part of a risk assessment. As always, we trust our students to behave impeccably on the trip and to be polite and courteous to the staff and general public at all times. 

If you wish your son/daughter to attend, please complete the slip below as well as the attached waiver form and return with your payment by Friday 10th February to secure a place on the trip. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01209 712220.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Gekas
Head of Earth House.
 

Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


I am writing to inform you of my intention to retire from my post as Principal of Pool Academy.

This is the most difficult letter I have had to write as I do so with sadness in my heart.  I have been privileged to have been Principal for the last 16 years and I will leave with many fond memories of my time here.

I must firstly thank all of the Governors for putting their faith and trust in me on my appointment 16 years ago and hope that I have repaid their confidence in continuing Pool Academy’s journey in such turbulent, challenging and uncertain times educationally, politically and financially.  I have enjoyed almost every moment!  There has certainly never been a dull moment.

I have complete confidence in our governing body making an outstanding appointment for my successor. They know exactly what will ensure that Pool Academy remains a warm, friendly and very ‘special’ place for pupils to thrive, flourish and excel.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of my 16 years at Pool Academy and especially seeing the school on its improvement journey.  It has been exciting but very rewarding, with the support of a happy, committed and highly professional staff, and an outstanding leadership team.  Whilst I would have relished the challenge to take the school into its next exciting phase it may be the right time for an energetic, committed and passionate successor who ‘gets’ the school ethos to continue our exciting journey.

I will miss everything about the school – your wonderful children who engage me every day with their amazing contributions, good humour and achievements; you, the parents who have been so supportive and of course my outstanding staff and governing body. I feel I will be passing Pool Academy over to a new post holder in a very positive and healthy position.

Thank you all once again for all your friendship and support, having the belief in me, and enabling me to end my career on such a positive note.

Best wishes 

Mrs Zelma Hill
Principal