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

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:

Date and Time
Academy Contact
Contact email address

Year 11 Parents’ evening: 27th February, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Contact: Mr Ryder (

Iceland Trip: 1st - 4th March
Contact: Miss Sparrow (

Friends of Pool Academy (formerly Parents and Carers Forum): 6th March, 6pm
Contact: Mr McKenzie (

Tablet Academy activity: 6th March
Contact: Mr Jones (

Energy Quest Day: 7th March
Contact: Mr Jones ( 

Year 10 Reports to parents: 29th March
Contact: Mr Ryder (

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 ( know and she’ll forward one on to you.    

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

School Expedition- Tanzania Explore 2019

Following the success of last summer’s expedition, it is very exciting to be offering our Year 9, 10 and 11 students the opportunity to travel to Tanzania with Camps International during the summer of 2019. Here students will be working on a range of sustainable and meaningful community and
conservation projects before trekking through the vibrant tropical forests of the Usambara Mountains.

Parents and interested students are invited to attend our Parents Presentation Evening to find out more. This will be taking place on Thursday 1 st March at 18:30 in the Main Hall.

Letter home


Y11- English Department

Dear Parent/Carer

As I am sure you are aware, your son/daughter has the opportunity to receive two GCSEs in English: English Language and English Literature. Your son/daughter has now completed the courses for both of these subjects.

It’s now time for revision: we need to a) revisit all the skills needed to enable the best level of responses for Language papers and b) revise all Literature texts.
How can you support your son/daughter?

1.    Our new day for ‘Masterclasses’ is a Wednesday. Students are informed if they are required to attend because we believe they need extra, small-group support with specific elements of the course and you will receive a text message to inform you of this. If your child has not been told they have to attend, they are still welcome to do so. This is a session of one hour only to look at specific Assessment Objectives that they may have struggled with in a recent piece of practice exam work.

2.    On Thursdays we have ‘Open Classrooms’ in English in order for students to revise independently. English teachers will be available for guidance and support.

3.    Homework is an important part of progress and every student was issued with a booklet to aid revision in Literature before Christmas. Each class teacher will now be setting a task each week from this booklet to be handed in for marking.

How can we help you to support your son/daughter?

•    We have created a ‘Parent Area’ for English under ‘Information for Parents’ on the Academy website. Here you will find example exam papers, mark schemes and some exemplar answers.

•    The date of the next mock exam is Friday 9th March. This will be Paper 1: Shakespeare and pre-20th century text (either Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol, or Jekyll and Hyde.)
We look forward to seeing you at the next parents’ evening, but if for any reason you cannot attend and wish to speak about your son’s/daughter’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Shelley George
Head of English

Parent Questionnaire Results

9th February 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

A huge thank you to the 100+ parents who were able to complete our questionnaire.  If you didn’t have chance to complete it but would still be interested in leaving your feedback, please email or phone the normal school number (01209 712 220) and we’d love to hear from you.

In the Autumn questionnaire, 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

In the Spring questionnaire, all the above areas remained above 80%, and the additional areas above 80% now include:
●    Pool Academy ensures students behave
●    Pool Academy is well led and managed

We are delighted with the positive improvement in results and thank all the parents and carers who have worked with us on the identified areas.  

We recognise there is still work to be done though and a particular thank you to the parents who left their contact details for this questionnaire and have met senior leaders to start a plan of action for this term.

In the Autumn questionnaire, parents identified the following areas as priorities for the Academy:

Responding to concerns:
●    At least ¾ of parents responded positively or very positively in the Spring questionnaire about this area.
●    Senior leaders have been available for drop in sessions and bookable appointments since the start of the year.
●    We aim to respond to all emails and phone calls within 24 hours. 
●    Included with this letter is a card with contact details for key staff.
●    If you have any concerns though, you can always escalate this by emailing

Communicating with all stakeholders about the Academy’s Anti-Bullying strategy:
●    The Spring questionnaire saw a 50% increase in the proportion of parents responding positively or very positively about this area.
●    Mr Walker (Assistant Principal) has been working with students and parents (via the ‘Friends of Pool Academy’ group) on our Anti-Bullying Charter, and more widely our Peer Support Strategy.  If you would like to review this with him, please contact us ( or the normal school number).

Ensuring all progress information is as valuable as possible:
●    The Spring questionnaire saw an 11% increase in the proportion of parents responding positively or very positively about this area.
●    Mr Ryder (Assistant Principal) has been working with parents to produce a summary sheet that details when parents can expect to receive information, what it means and how they can best support their child.  He continues to develop this so if you would like to review this with him, please contact us ( or the normal school number).
●    We also recognised that some parents weren’t able to access the online progress tracking information easily.  Therefore we have recently sent out reports via paper whilst we work with parents on this.

The Spring questionnaire identified one additional key area for improvement:  Ensuring students have the appropriate amount of homework.  
●    Mr Ryder (Assistant Principal) and Mr McKenzie (Assistant Principal) will be working with all Heads of Departments to devise a summary sheet for homework so you and your child know when they should expect to have homework and what format it will take, e.g. project-based.
●    If you would like to work with them on this, please contact us ( or the normal school number).

Again, thank you for your continued support whilst we work with you to improve the experience at Pool Academy for all students and parents. 

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin

Year 11 Prom

January 2018

Dear Parents / Carers                                                                                                


The Year 11 Prom will take place at the Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives on Thursday 5th July 2018.

The total cost for the evening is £27.00 without transport and £30.00 with transport from school and back. In order to guarantee a ticket, the full amount must be paid by 20th April 2018

The payment for Prom will be added to our School Gateway Cashless system where you will be able to pay in full or via instalments:

Instalment 1-£10.00, to be paid by 26th February 2018

Instalment 2 - £10.00, to be paid by 24th March 2018

Instalment 3 - £10.00 (with transport), £7.00 (if transport is not needed), to be paid by 20th April 2018

Students will enjoy a three course meal followed by a disco.  The dress code for the evening is formal.  A cash bar will be open throughout the function for non-alcoholic drinks.  Please click here for the Menu choices and arrangements for transport. This should be completed and returned via Miss Conway-Baker / Miss Giles.  A Prom ticket will be issued from the 4th May on receipt of full payment.

Transport to and from the venue will be available but must be booked in advance as seats are limited.  Please indicate clearly on the attached sheet whether your child needs to travel on the prom bus. 

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5.00pm - Meet outside Pool Academy – (please do not park in the bus bay at any time during the evening).

5.30pm (prompt) - Bus will depart

6.00pm - Arrive at Tregenna Castle Hotel

7.00pm -Three course meal will be served

11.00pm (prompt) - Bus will leave Tregenna Castle Hotel

11.30pm - Bus arrives back at Pool Academy – please arrange for your child to be collected from the bus bay.

There will be a photo booth provided during the evening, which will take unlimited photos.

Yours sincerely

Miss Conway-Baker and Miss Giles


Year 11 Mathematics Revision Guides

Dear Parent / Carer

The Mathematics Department have taken delivery of the order of revision guides and exam question workbooks as mentioned at the Year 11 evening before Christmas.

If you are interested in purchasing the books, please could you enclose payment with the slip below to the Finance Office. This will generate a receipt and allow us to release the books to your child.

In the event that we experience a greater demand than we have ordered, there may be a slight delay while we order more books in.          

Available at both the Foundation and Higher levels, these books retail at £5.95 each.  We are offering both at £5.

I hope that you will take advatage of this offer.

Yours sincerely

Mr Alastair James

Head of Maths


Please complete and return to the Finance Office via Student Reception.

Student Name:_____________________________________________________________

I enclose £5 for the copies of the mathematics revision guide and exam paractice books at the Higher/Foundation level.

Signed:_____________________________________________  Date:_________________

Year 11 Mock Science Papers

12th January 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

Year 11 students will be sitting three Science Mock Papers on the following dates:

·         Wednesday 17th January (Biology Paper 1)

·         Wednesday 24th January (Chemistry Paper 1)

·         Wednesday 31st January (Physics paper 1)

We have decided to sit additional mocks in Science as the exam board (AQA) have recently released new specimen papers and we have an opportunity to compare the mock data generated with other students from across the country. This will allow us to have a much more accurate picture of how our students are progressing and to determine the grade at which they are currently working.

Please note that the students will be sitting either a Higher Paper or a Foundation Paper. If sitting a Foundation Paper, the students can achieve from Grade 1 to a Grade 5. Grade 4 is equivalent to the old Grade C for the current Year 11 students.  Higher tier paper students can achieve from Grade 4 to Grade 9. The risk with students who sit the Higher tier is that if they do not perform well enough to achieve a Grade 4, they will end up with a ‘U’ (ungraded).

There are a number of common questions which appear on both Foundation and Higher Papers. If a student who sits the Foundation Paper did well on these, we could consider entering them for the Higher tier. However, if a student sitting the Higher Paper does not perform well enough on these questions, we may well have to consider entering them for the Foundation Paper. This would of course be communicated with you at the time.

Please click here to access the Physics equations which the students have to remember going in to their exam. We would be extremely grateful if you could support them in learning all of these. The students have been sent details of a GCSEPod playlist that will support their revision and they also have their revision guides and workbooks – these will prove to be invaluable so please make sure that they aren’t gathering dust on bookshelves! We also offer intervention on Wednesdays after school from 1500 – 1600.

I am extremely proud of our Science Department and with your support, I’m confident that our students can fulfil their potential. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Yours sincerely

David Buckingham

Head of Science

Changes to Y11 Mathematics Groups

Dear Parent/Carer

We have made an important change to Year 11 Mathematics so that the progress and achievement of our students can reach their potential. The decision was not easily arrived at and we are aware that it may cause concern for some of our students and parents. However, the decision has been made to designate the teaching of Year 11 to a specialist set of teachers. As a result there will be changes in some students' classes and teachers. 

From today, students will start an intensive programme in preparation for their exams. Students and yourselves will regularly be updated with information about topics they have mastered and those they are still working towards. 

I am confident that in Summer 2018 we will be celebrating excellent GCSE Mathematics results with all students. In the meantime though, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. 

Yours sincerely

Mr Alastair James

Head of Mathematics

Monthly Letter (January 2018)

Dear Parents / Carers
I am delighted to welcome students back to Pool Academy for the start of 2018.  The Autumn term was, as always, busy and we are incredibly proud of the students’ achievements already this academic year.  Every month I have written to you about a few of these achievements, along with including details about events coming up in the next month.  I have tried to make these letters as easy to receive as possible so have added them to our website and have texted them to you.  If you haven’t been receiving these monthly letters, please can you contact Tracy Lewis who will be able to update your contact details for you.  Her email address is or you can speak to her using the normal school contact details (01209 712 220 or pop into main reception).

Just before the holiday we reminded students during our celebration assemblies that their ‘Key Challenges’ are: Strong progress across all subjects, impeccable conduct and making a positive impact in the community.  I was thrilled with the number of students who met all of the challenges across the Autumn term and enjoyed writing postcards to them to say congratulations - I am hoping to write even more postcards this halfterm though.

We also held house assemblies where we talked about 3 changes we are trialling for this term:

●    We are opening up all tutor rooms during break and lunchtime.  This has meant a few tutor rooms moving from laboratories and workshops but now all students have access to their own indoor space.  We also have 3 large communal indoor spaces open (Dining hall, gym and library) so students can always find a quiet space to sit and relax.
●    Most students have never had a C3 detention but when it was absolutely necessary, these have been running after school.  For the next term we are trialling running the detentions for behaviour during lunchtime.  This will mean that students can still catch the school buses and don’t have to walk home in the dark.   We will notify you if your child receives a C3 detention and then the students will be expected to do the detention the next day during lunchtime.  Students will be able to eat their lunch during the detention.  Please note: during this trial period, homework detentions will still run after school.
●    We have introduced an extra registration session from 1:45pm - 1:55pm each day to allow tutors more time with their tutor groups.  This will support our focus on Citizenship this term and I look forward to including more information about this in my next monthly letter.

I am really pleased to welcome 2 new members of staff:
●    Mrs Rachel Facey -  Mrs Facey will lead our SEND team and will work closely with Mrs Adams to ensure students’ individual needs are met.
●    Ms Alana Trathen -  Ms Trathen will work in the pastoral team as one of the Deputy Heads of House.  

Just before October halfterm, many of you completed our parental questionnaire - thank you.  (This was sent as a text which included 10 quick questions.)  I was really grateful to the parents who also left their contact details and met with me to discuss their thoughts in more detail.  During the questionnaire, parents said the strengths of the Academy include: My child is happy; My child feels safe; My child is well looked after; I am happy or very happy with the progress my child is making and My child is taught well.  The 3 areas we have been working on since the last questionnaire are: Responding to concerns; Communicating to all stakeholders (students and parents) about the Academy’s Anti-Bullying strategy and Ensuring progress information is as valuable as possible.  I hope you are happy with the progress we are making in these areas but if you have any further suggestions, please do get in touch as we would love to work with you further on this.  We will be sending out a link to the questionnaire again just before February halfterm and we would be very grateful if you’d take the time to answer the 10 questions.

Please can I remind you of a few events coming up this term:

‘Friends of Pool Academy’  (formerly Parent and Carers’ Forum),    16th January,  6pm, Mr McKenzie

Options evening for Year 8, 1st February, 4:30pm, Mr Ryder,

Year 7 Parents’ evening, 7th February, 4:30pm, Mr Ryder,

Year 11 MOCK Interview day, 8th February, Mrs Grenfell,

Immunisations, 8th February, Mrs Adams,

Half term: w/c 12th February
If you require any further information, or if there is anything we can help with, please do get in touch.

Yours sincerely

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Miss Claire Meakin

Monthly Letter (December 2017)

Dear Parents / Carers
The Festive Season is well and truly upon us at Pool Academy.  We held our annual Carol Concert on Tuesday 5th December at Trevenson Church.  The evening was very well attended by students, their families and members of the local community.  We are looking forward to welcoming students’ grandparents into the Academy today for Christmas lunch.

Recently, students took over the role of Principal for the day in a national initiative called Takeover Challenge.  Billy, Year 9, said: "When I was Principal I was a little nervous about doing all the work but that changed when I started doing it.  The experience was amazing and it let me explore the role of the Principal.”  During Billy’s time in my office he made a call to Clive Bramley, Chair of Pool Academy’s Governors.  Mr Bramley was impressed with Billy.  He said: “I was particularly pleased with his report on the learning experiences of students and that behaviour was good throughout the school. His report made me proud to be Chair of this Academy and it was clear that he was proud too.  Milly, Year 8, was also given a chance to become Principal.  She thoroughly enjoyed the experience but said she didn't realise a Principal had so much work to do! The Takeover Challenge was launched in 2007 by the Children’s Commissioner’s Offices as a way to encourage organisations to open their doors to young people. It’s hoped the scheme will help children see what it is like to be in the workplace.

We held a very successful Quiz Evening at the end of November.  The evening was a wonderful success and very well attended.  I am delighted to report that we raised well over £1000 and Barclays Bank have agreed to match the first £1000 through their Citizenship £4£ staff scheme. The funds raised will be used in the music department to purchase a new set of instruments for the school orchestra as well as to recondition the existing brass, strings and woodwind instruments.  It will have a huge impact on the musical opportunities that we can offer to our children.

Pool Academy has secured funding to buy a kit car to build and race in the future.  Students are being invited to get involved with a project to design and build the car at school.  The car will arrive in the next eight weeks along with a £40,000 CAD package.  Mr Jones, Science teacher, is leading the project and hopes the car will be fit for racing in different events across the country.  He is inviting local businesses to get on board to offer extra support to the project.  Mr Jones would be very interested to hear from parents who may work in relevant sectors for help and support.  Please email if you think you may be able to help.
During the Spring term, the Academy will have a greater focus on building the community and citizenship.  Mr Hamblin ( will be working with students to launch the Pool Academy Citizenship Awards.  We encourage all students to take part in these.  We are also looking forward to our first Community Awards evening- details of this evening will be with you early in the new year.  To support this community focus, we are introducing an additional registration period in the afternoon so students can spend 30 minutes each day with their tutor and tutor group.  This means there will be a small change in the timings of lessons, but no change to the start or end times of the day.  Details can be found on our website:
Please can I draw your attention to a few future events coming up next term:

New term starts: 4th January 2018

Year 11 National Citizenship Scheme Assembly: 12th January (Mrs Grenfell,

‘Friends of Pool Academy’ (formerly Parent and Carers’ Forum): 16th January, 6pm (Mr McKenzie,

Year 7 Reports to parents: 29th January (Mr Ryder,

BT STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): 31st January  (Mr Jones,

Options evening for Year 8: 1st February, 4:30pm (Mr Ryder,

4th - 9th February: Year 10 Berlin trip (Mr Turner,

Year 7 Parents’ evening: 7th February, 4:30pm (Mr Ryder,

Year 11 MOCK Interview day: 8th February (Mrs Grenfell,

Immunisations: 8th February (Mrs Adams,

Half term: w/c 12th February
A reminder that the school term finishes on Tuesday 19th December at 1:15pm. The school canteen will be open for students who wish to eat their lunch before departing for home.  The school bus will arrive at 1:45pm.  If you wish for your child to remain at school until 2:55pm, please contact Sadie Sutcliffe either by phone on the number below or email (  The new term starts on Thursday 4th January 2018.  

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Yours sincerely

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Miss Claire Meakin

Support for Your Child in their History GCSE Exams

8th December 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

Support for Your Child in their History GCSE Exams

As we get closer to the GCSE exams, I thought I would send you this letter to let you know how we in History will be helping your child and how you can support them. I hope that he or she can attend the special booster sessions below.  Please complete and return the attached reply slip to confirm attendance on any of these sessions:

History Exam dates - 

  • 4th June 2018- Paper 1 - Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

  • 8th June 2018- Paper 2 - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 (British depth study)  The American West, c1835–c1895 (Period study)

  • 12th June 2018 -Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Special weekend and twilight  teaching to give a last “boost” before each exam - 

  • Sunday 3rd June  10am – 1pm
  • Thursday 7th June 3pm – 6pm
  • Sunday 10th June 10am – 1pm

After school support in History rooms available to all students to work on their own revision with a teacher present.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and some Fridays - for all Exam dates

Revision Books we Recommend you buy

Revise Edexcel GCSE History 9-1  OR  Hodder My Revision notes for Edexcel 9-1 History

Available online from Amazon or each company direct.

You will need one revision book of your choice for each unit. Please see titles in table above.

What we will be doing to help every student that wants it.

  1. History classrooms open for support and advice every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-5pm.
  2. We have already begun offering 1:1 intervention for those that feel they need that confidence boost.
  3. History teachers will continue to mark and provide feedback on practice questions that your child may wish to do in their own time.
  4. We are available for help and advice at our usual email addresses.

What can you do to support your child?

 ●     Buy the revision books if you can afford it. If it might be a problem, please email me below.

●     Encourage them to do as many of the above as possible.

●     Would you also be willing to test them on the facts in their revision books or the Quizlets they will be making?

I appreciate that there may be practical reasons why they cannot take advantage of all the above, but taking these opportunities now to revise and perfect their History over the coming weeks in a caring and supportive environment will be much better than sitting a paper that they are unprepared for. Many children feel extreme stress prior to taking an exam simply because they know they have not prepared. We hope to help them avoid that, with your help.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this. Please contact me if I can help in any way.

Yours sincerely

Mark Turner

Head of History 



Please return to Student Reception who will pass on to Mr Turner

Please let us know the sessions your child will be attending

Student name:

Special weekend and twilight  teaching to give a last “boost” before each exam

Please tick

Sunday 3rd June 10-1

Thursday 7th June 3-6

Sunday 10th June 10-1

Signed: ……………………………………………………………………………. Parent / Carer

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………. Date: ……………

Fundraising Walk, Jog or Skip to raise money for Asthma UK

Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to let you know that we are putting on a fundraising event to help raise awareness of Asthma.

We would like all students to walk, jog, or skip a mile for this very worthwhile cause. We are asking each student to donate just £1. For each £1 donated the students will be given a raffle ticket which they will be able to win prizes such as meals out, balls, caps and lots more. The more sponsor money for each child equals more chances of winning a prize and more money raised for the Cornwall Asthma charity.  Money should be given to Main Reception.

If there are any parents and friends of the school that would like to also take part in the run, skip or walk then the PE department will also be running this for the local community after school on Thursday 14th December, Starting at 3.45.  Please could you sign in at Main Reception.

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also appear for the first time in adults.

There's currently no cure for asthma, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn't have a significant impact on your life.  Some people, particularly children, may eventually grow out of asthma. But for others it's a lifelong condition.

For more information about the symptoms, causes and treatments then please log onto the NHS website

Thank you in advance for your support.

Yours sincerely

Alastair Durant

Head of Physical Education.

Monthly Letter- November

30th November 2017
Dear Parents / Carers
We held a successful fire drill practice this halfterm and will repeat this exercise regularly across the year to ensure students feel confident about what to do in the event of the alarm going off.  As part of our work with students to safeguard against all critical events, we would like to hold 2 further drills in the next few months - a lockdown drill and a full evacuation drill.  Please be assured that the likelihood of either of these drills being needed is very low, but all responsible schools are practising these procedures with their students to ensure they feel confident about what to do.  I will send a message to you the day before we hope to carry out each drill so you are fully prepared.  If you have any questions about these though, please do contact your child’s tutor, Head of House or any member of the Leadership Team. 

A Cornwall Councillor has pledged to give a grant to help launch Pool Academy’s career support network initiative.  Philip Desmonde, Councillor for Pool and Tehidy, visited the school to find out more about the Academy’s Specialist Careers Support Network.  The scheme is soon to be launched to help as part of the children’s transition into the GCSE options at the end of Key Stage 3.  Councillor Desmonde offered to supply a grant to support the initiative which will see students and local businesses working closely.  It’s hoped this will give children insight into the real world of work and help them with future choices.

We were delighted to hear that a former Pool Academy student has been handed an apprentice award after being praised for his ‘extraordinary’ work ethic.  Oliver Weeks was given the Construction Apprentice of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Corbey Construction, at the recent Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2017.  Oliver, who works at RHR Construction, is described by people who know him as someone who has ‘an extraordinary work ethic’, ‘happiest when busy’ and ‘focused on the day’s tasks’.  He was nominated by his Truro & Penwith College tutor Tim Toomey.

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir raised more than £1,000 for charity while performing at Pool Academy.  Members of the choir visited the school recently to hold dancing, singing, drumming and art workshops during the day before putting on a public performance in the evening.  The touring group, which included singers aged seven years old and up, showcased a mixture of traditional African singing and dancing from 6.30pm.  Their colourful costumes and upbeat tunes both entertained and helped to raise £1.098.20 much-needed cash for charity.

A few general  reminders for parents/students:

●    Please leave access to school clear in case of emergency
●    Students must sign in and out at main reception when leaving the site.
●    Return slips should be returned to Student Reception
●    If socks are visible, they must be black.

Please can I draw your attention to a few future events coming up in the remainder of this Autumn term:

●    w/c 4th and 11th December - Y11 Parents can book meetings with the Senior Leadership team any day to discuss MOCK results and plans for the remainder of the year.
●    Carol Concert, Trevenson Church - 5th December, 6.30pm
●    School of Rock Production - 12th-14th December (tickets available from reception - £5 adult / £4 child)
●    Grandparents’ Christmas Lunch - 13th December

The school term finishes on Tuesday 19th December at 1.15pm. The school canteen will be open for students who wish to eat their lunch before departing for home.  The school bus will arrive at 1.45pm.  If you wish for your child to remain at school until 2.55pm, please contact Sadie Sutcliffe either by phone on the number below or email (  The new term starts on Thursday 4th January 2018.  

I look forward to seeing you soon but in the meantime, if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully,
Miss Claire Meakin

Year 11 Results Evening Update

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify the arrangements for the Year 11 Results Evening next Thursday 30th November.

The event will start at 16:00 in the Main Hall where I will be delivering a short presentation.  Results will then be available for collection in the Sports Hall from 16:15.

In response to parental feedback, I will also open up the Parent Booking system from tomorrow morning, Friday 24th November to enable parents to book five minute appointments with teachers between 16:20 and 18:30 during this evening, instead of informally meeting with staff.

The booking system will also be opened up to allow you to book an appointment with myself, Mrs Neesham or Mr McKenzie during the week of Monday 4th December.

I look forward to seeing you next week.

Yours sincerely

Mr Ryder

Assistant Principal

Grandparents' Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

On Wednesday 13th December we will be holding our annual Christmas Lunch for Grandparents and other members of the local community.

Students who have their Grandparents coming in for the lunch will be serving for their respective Grandparents and other students from the Academy will also help.  The cost of the Christmas lunch is £3 and tickets are available from Main Reception.

Arrival is 11.45am and lunch will be served at 12 noon in the Main Hall.  We will have Christmas music playing, and a raffle will also be held with the proceeds going to a selected charity.

If you would like to invite your child’s Grandparents, please complete the slip below and return to the school reception by Monday 4th December in order for numbers to be confirmed.

Yours sincerely

Mrs K Boyall

Vice Principal

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Pearl of Africa

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Dear Parent / Carer

Re: Ugandan Children’s Choir – Performance at Pool Academy

On 15th November from 6.30pm we are delighted to be hosting a performance of the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir; a renowned Ugandan choir made up mainly of orphan children from Uganda.

The choir will be spending the day in the Academy working with selected students in 3 workshops where they will be learning African songs and dances and also learning African rhythms on drums as well as making African crafts.

In the evening, the choir will be putting on a special concert for families of Pool Academy and the local community.  They are a truly inspiring choir – everything you would expect from traditional African rhythms, song and dance.

The choir has toured the UK for the past few years, performing mainly in schools, colleges, churches and headline sports events. 

The concert is free for all who attend, with a voluntary donation.  There will be a sale of African crafts during the interval and at the end of the concert.  Through this, the choir hope to raise funds for their orphan community.

We hope to see you at the concert – it promises to be one of the performance highlights of the Academies calendar this year.

Yours sincerely

Miss Claire Meakin