Year 11 Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to update you with the next steps for Year 11s going into the New Year.  All students received a paper copy of their report this week. If you would like another copy, please email Mr Jones (phil@poolacademy.co.uk)

Recent Events:

Firstly, a massive well done to all the students with the completion of their Mock exams. Students have all received their mock results and have started going through their papers in lessons with their teachers to identify their successes and are targeting the questions they need to work on.

Year 11 Parents’ Evening was superbly attended and we hope that parents found the opportunity to speak to the teachers positive and insightful. Please, if you were unable to get an appointment with any members of staff, ring or email the teacher and they will be happy to discuss the progress of your child.

Support:

We are now in full flow of the after school revision sessions for Year 11. There is something on every evening from 3-4pm and every subject is holding specific sessions on at least one day each week. We have recently texted parents and emailed students a running timetable of the sessions available and you can find this schedule on Facebook and on the school website. Please continue the wonderful encouragement of your child to keep attending after Christmas as these sessions will continue now up until exams and coursework deadlines. We also hope to offer some more breakfast revision sessions in the New Year so please listen out for information from our Heads of Faculties as to when they will begin.

Faculties have also been working hard to buy in and distribute revision guides for their subject. Please ask your child to hand any monies into the main reception, inform their teacher and their guides will be ready for collection. Please contact the Head of Faculty if you have any queries.

We look forward to starting our project with ‘Keys4life’ in January who are going to work with a large number of our Year 11 for an hour a week for blocks of 6 weeks offering workshops on Health, Sleep, Anxiety and Stress. Letters will be sent to students who have been invited for the first round this week with more information. This project really is a fantastic opportunity for your son or daughter to focus on their health, happiness and wellbeing leading up to their exams.

Also, many members of Year 11 have been given a mentor as a first contact of support at the Academy who will check in with your son or daughter as often as required to offer any extra support or intervention needed. Their role is to be someone who will just listen to our students and help to reassure and solve any worries or concerns. If your child has not been designated a member of staff and would like one, please email me and I will sort someone to support them in the New Year.

Next Steps:

There are still college open days happening next year so it is definitely worth considering if you want to take your son or daughter along to one to ensure they apply to the perfect courses and place for them. The next Truro College Open evening is Thursday 10th January 5-8pm and Penwith College is Thursday 7th February 5-8pm.

The students will be sitting a final set of core subject mocks in February. Please encourage your child to complete any revision or homework tasks set over the Christmas break as teachers will be ensuring that this helps to prepare them for their final Mocks and GCSE exams.  A summary document for students is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cVllSeg8ZpgXJah6NXM86zE1Dzl0gYNLef6XLwaxK9c/edit?usp=sharing  (They may need to sign in!)

Prom/Yearbooks and Hoodies:

The Yearbook committee will be meeting in January to start producing these with the students so please make sure that your child has emailed me if they are interested in being a part of documenting their wonderful memories at Pool. Miss Conway-Baker will continue to work with the Prom committee in the New Year to get the exciting preparations for July put in place also.

Finally, a massive thank-you to you all for your support with your son and daughter and with the Academy. We really do have high hopes for their exam results next year and please congratulate them on their wonderful hard work so far.

Please do not hesitate to email me or contact me if you have any questions or queries.

I hope you have a magical Christmas!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Jodie Phillips

jp2@poolacademy.co.uk

Heads of Faculties (HoFS)

aja@poolacademy.co.uk- Alastair James - Mathematics, Geography and History

tb@poolacademy.co.uk- Tim Bareham- Science, DT and Computing

sjo@poolacademy.co.uk- Sam Joyce - English, Sociology and Modern Languages

ecr@poolacademy.co.uk- Emily Cromey- Music, Drama, PE and Art.

Monthly Letter - December 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

We have really enjoyed taking part in so many community Christmas activities this month.  A particular ‘thank you’ to Redruth Town, Illogan School and Trewirgie Junior School for involving us in their activities - we loved being part of them. We owe a huge thank you to Treloweth school too who allowed us to borrow their wonderful lanterns - they really are beautiful! I hope you had the opportunity to join us for our Christmas concert.  I felt incredibly proud of all the young people who took part. If you missed it though, students are busy preparing for our performance of High School Musical which takes place 26th February - 1st March and we hope to see you there!

We received some wonderful news recently that we will be given £1,000 from the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to go towards the creation of our new fitness suite. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who shopped in Tesco at either Pool or Redruth and put their blue tokens into our collection point. The money is extremely welcome and will go, along with the £10,000 funding from the Big Lottery fund, towards the new suite.

We believe the high tech equipment will help to improve the health of students and staff as well as boost the provisions at Pool Academy.

Miss Stephens will be leaving us this week and I am proud to introduce Mr Sidwell to you as the new Head of Year 9.  Mr Sidwell has been at the school for 11 years, both as a DT teacher and Head of Year, and he writes: “I am really looking forward to taking on our Year 9 cohort in the New Year.  I look forward to meeting parents and working with the Year 9 group to ensure they have a positive and productive year. I am keen to focus on maintaining the strong values of our school and supporting all students to have the very best attendance.  May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year”.  Mr Sidwell can be contacted via: js@poolacademy.co.uk  or on the normal school number.

Ms Carter and Mr Durant have been working hard this term to ensure our Year 7s have the very best start to Pool Academy and our local primary students have lots of opportunities to work with Pool Academy staff and students.  These transition activities are vitally important to ensure all students have the very best experience when they move to secondary school and so from next term, Ms Carter will take on a new role with us, focusing on literacy development throughout primary and secondary school.  Ms Carter writes: “I am exceptionally proud to have been given an exciting new role at Pool Academy in which I will support Literacy Progression from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4. I am looking forward to working closely with our local primary schools to understand students’ literacy skills and support all students to meet their milestone goals.  Literacy underpins success in all subjects and it is essential that our teachers are able continue with the strategies embedded during the primary year,s and weave them into our whole school literacy plan. I am excited to work with students, parents and the community to develop a Literacy support programme that meets the needs of all students.” Ms Carter can be contacted via: nc@poolacademy.co.uk or on the normal school number.

To support Ms Carter’s new role, I am delighted to introduce Mr Roberts as the new Head of Year 7.  Mr Roberts joined us in September as a science teacher and writes: “I am incredibly excited to be taking over from Ms Carter as Head of Year 7 from January. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the students in Year 7 and helping them on their learning journey through Pool Academy. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have been Head of Year in my previous two schools. As Head of Year I believe in working with parents, students and staff to best support each individual to move from where they are to where they could be, personally, socially, in terms of learning and future career aspirations. I am a parent myself and firmly believe that I should work  in the way I would expect for my own daughter in her school. I hope to meet and speak to many of you as Year 7 parents over the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns about the transition please do contact me.”

Mr Roberts can be contacted via: dro@poolacademy.co.uk  or on the normal school number.

The Digital Academy has got off to a fantastic start this term. In Year 9 all students have been working hard to achieve their ‘Inspiring Digital Enterprise’ Award. This award allows students to learn about digital, enterprise and employability skills and we have seen our classes learning topics including web design, cryptography, online marketing and coding. Over half of Year 9 have achieved their Bronze award already, and we are incredibly proud of them. It shows how talented our students are! We have also been able to welcome students from Trewirgie Junior School to take part in Lego Robotics workshops. They worked in teams to create Lego Moon Buggies which they could program to take part in competitions. It was great to see the co-operation in the teams to make sure that their buggy was the first across the line! We have started a Lego Robotics club after school on Thursdays, and it would be great to see more Year 7, 8 and 9 students coming along.

We are busily preparing our Gallery for its official Launch in January and will have some exciting news to share with you then. In the meantime, we have been enjoying some wonderful workshops this month in celebration of our official launch. In December Year 5 students from our local primary schools came and worked with Artist Ben Sanderson who will be joining us more in the New Year.


We recently held the launch of the new canteen provision. The new menu has certainly got my tastebuds excited and judging by the sounds coming from the tasters I wasn’t the only one too! Chartwells, our new catering providers, start on the first day of term and we will be keeping you up to date with all the new developments right here.  If you have any questions though, please contact Phil Jones by emailing phil@poolacademy.co.uk

At Pool Academy we have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and we are glad to report that students’ feedback says they are happy that our procedures and policies deal with any issues effectively.  We continue to review and make improvements to our procedures regularly though as we feel this is such an important issue nationally and within the whole of our community. Thank you to all of our fabulous students who are putting our anti-bullying motto ‘See it. Report it. Stop it.’ into practice and making sure our ‘Red Button’ policy is effective.  Ms Facey is currently working with our Anti-bullying ambassadors to develop their role and we are already moving forward with a number of ideas.   These include establishing a space at break and lunchtime for all students who want to talk. The ambassadors will be there to support and give advice, but mainly to provide a safe social space. Furthermore, over the rest of the academic year each year group will take charge of an anti-bullying project. Year 7 are stepping up first with a competition for the perfect ‘Keep yourself safe online’ poster. There is a prize for the winning entry from each year group. These posters will be displayed across the academy to inform our students about how to manage their own online safety.  Finally, during the spring term, our Anti-bullying Ambassadors will begin further training in leading change across the academy.

During this half term we have been busy visiting all of the local primary schools discussing the transitions from primary to secondary.  The highlight being a trip to Treloweth School where Miss Meakin and Mr Durant took some Pool Academy students to visit their old school and chat to the Year 6 students about life at Pool Academy. Our Pool Academy students answered questions from the Year 6 students and discussed their experiences (all good) they have had at Pool Academy.  There were lots of great stories and myths about secondary schools discussed which was very exciting to listen to. Over 250 students visited the school gym which had one of the biggest space domes in England set up in it. Primary students experienced the "Space Odyssey’s" fascinating planetarium presentations, which was led by Simon Ould, an experienced Science Teacher and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.  Simon used his extensive teaching and lecturing experience to carefully adapt the delivery and content of every presentation to be appropriate for the particular group involved. The Year 5 and 6 students loved completing their projects on space and Darwin with this once in a lifetime 3D experience. After the experience the primary students got involved in lessons with some of our outstanding teachers. Mrs Cromey led some samba workshops, Miss Rowe delved into the drama world while Mrs Strana put students through the pressure of a master chef experience making World War 2 and Christmas treats, lots of fun was had.  We have also hosted some great sporting events such as football, basketball and cross country competitions for the Crofty Trust. Pool Academy sports leaders have been a great help when officiating and organising the events. Lots more exciting things to come next year.

Year 11 received their Mock exam results on Friday 30th November. On the back of these results the staff at Pool are offering revision support to students from Monday to Friday 3-4pm. A revision schedule link has been emailed to all students and a link has been texted out and put on Facebook for parents. This outlines which sessions are on each night. These are open door sessions and it is up to the students to take charge and be proactive to identify their targets with their teachers and attend the sessions they need to focus on. Teachers will also be phoning home to ensure that the right students are coming to the hour of support being offered. Please help support this schedule by checking when they are running and encouraging your child to attend.

At the end of this term we say a sad goodbye to Mrs Strong and Mrs Hutchinson but we are delighted to welcome back Mrs Weir to the Mathematics department.  Last year Mrs Weir supported students to achieve brilliant GCSE results and we are excited to have her rejoining the team. Mr Joyce will also join us as a new Head of Faculty.  He will be working with English, Languages and Sociology. In addition to Mr Joyce, we are also very pleased to welcome Mrs Kingsley to the Languages department. Mrs Kingsley is an experienced teacher and she will be working across all year groups delivering French lessons.  Mrs Crocker, who joined the school earlier in the term, has already made a brilliant impact on our students and she continues to work with us across the school to support students.

January will see some changes in timetable for our students. This is due to staffing changes and increased teaching provision in some subjects across the school.  Students will be given their new timetables before the end of term via email. They will have time with their tutors on the last day of term to ensure they have this information before they go away for their Christmas holiday.  

As a school, we know how important it is to you to have quick and easy access to your child’s information from school. From January, we are unifying all our online systems to bring them all in one easy to use portal. That means one place for attendance statistics, reports, letters, online payments, parents evening bookings etc. I know I hate having hundreds of usernames and password combinations and this will simplify our current services, whilst also providing new ones. We are also going to start emailing letters home as much as possible  as we are often aware letters can end up at the bottom of school bags for days and will reduce our environmental impact.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries next half term:

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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

Monthly Letter - November 2018

30th November 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

This half term has started in a really strong fashion with Year 11 MOCK exam season allowing students to demonstrate excellent progress in their GCSE studies, many highly successful sporting fixtures, a significant number of fundraising activities and preparation for Christmas activities, both in school and in the wider community.

A few highlights

Pool Academy has been Highly Commended in the prestigious STEM Inspiration Awards at the House of Lords. We were up against schools from across Europe for the award and so were incredibly pleased with the final result. A group of students from the Academy’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths club along with Mr Jones travelled to London last week after being shortlisted for the Outstanding STEM club Award.

We were delighted to be given a sapling tree by MP George Eustice as part of a national initiative. It was given to the Academy as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Five saplings were sent to Mr Eustice MP thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. Mr Eustice chose four secondary schools in Cornwall, including Pool Academy and Cornwall College, to send trees to.

Pool Academy students have been creating poppies for Truro Cathedral’s Remembrance Day service. Officials at the city’s landmark put a call out to the county for help to create thousands of the well-known red flower. Pool Academy staff decided they wanted to help join in. They downloaded a template from the website and students spent time cutting them out and writing messages on them. On Sunday, November 11, at 10.30am the paper poppies were released from the central tower during the service. Each poppy marked lives lost during the First World War.

Charlotte, Holly, Chloe, Cerys, Ruby and Emily took part in a two-night fundraising dance show recently. The girls, who are members of The Annette School of Dancing in Camborne, took part in the event which saw both group and solo pieces performed. The evening, attended by scores of parents and friends, helped to raise £2,400 for the charity St Julia’s Hospice.

Students and staff raised hundreds of pounds after wearing items of pink for charity. Kind-hearted members of Pool Academy helped to collect almost £400 after spending the a day sporting items of pink. They were encouraged to wear pink tops, socks, tights or shoes for a donation. There was also a bake sale and a ribbon sale to help bring in as much cash as possible. All donations will be sent to the two charities Breast Cancer Now and the Movember Foundation.

Friends of Pool Academy

The Friends of Pool Academy group met for their latest meeting on Tuesday evening. The conversation included: reporting of progress, sex and relationship education, an anti-bullying update and a dyslexia research opportunity with Plymouth Marjons. We would always welcome new members to this group so if you are interested in joining our next meeting, please contact Mr William McKenzie (wmc@poolacademy.co.uk)

Peer Support Programmes

This month we recognised the national anti-bullying week between 12th and 16th November. The theme this year was ‘Choose Respect’ and was supported by schools and companies across the UK.. Throughout the week students engaged in a number of different tutor time activities, culminating in a PSHE drop down day on Friday exploring a range of topics. We were incredibly grateful to members of Devon and Cornwall Police who gave all students a powerful and thought-provoking presentation exploring Hate Crime and its impact.

Furthermore, over the next couple of weeks we will be working with our anti-bullying ambassadors to develop their role across the academy. A key focus is working with a Cornwall based restorative justice programme. A cohort of older anti-bullying ambassadors will be trained in restorative justice practice, alongside our anti-bullying pastoral support managers, to resolve conflict across the academy. The Ripple Effect programme, is operating in a number of schools across Cornwall and has been recognised by Princess Anne, a patron of the Restorative Justice Council. Please take a look the the following website for more information: http://rjworking.co.uk/schools/

Community plan

Following a highly successful community planning meeting last half term we have been enjoying working with our community partners to celebrate the achievements and dedication of both our students and staff. We were delighted to receive an invite to the Redruth Christmas parade and there’s no doubt we felt very Christmassy afterwards. We’ve also welcomed hundreds of primary students in to school for activities ranging from robotics to space to cooking to sessions in our art gallery.

School Kitchen

It’s an exciting time in the school kitchen. We are pleased to announce that when we return in January our school catering provision will be run by Chartwells. They are bringing in a huge number of improvements to our service including new meals (chosen by our students), cashless payment systems and an outdoor kiosk serving quick ‘grab and go’ food to help alleviate those frustrating queues. We’d like to invite you to an evening where we will talk about the new systems for payment, the new food available and new ways we will be communicating with you in the future. There will also be opportunities to sample the new menu! The evening will take place on December 11th at 6pm in the Main Hall.

Ensuring the highest standards of behaviour

We would like to thank our parents for continuing to support the new PB detention system and our high expectations on behaviour and uniform. We have seen clear improvements in all aspects of Academy expectations. Students are respecting our ‘no’ mobile phone policy and are understanding the reasons around this.

The Academy is also delighted to see the significant number of achievement points that students are receiving. We are proud to be launching the new achievement point shop, allowing students to spend the achievement points that they’ve worked hard for during the year. Students will be able to trade their points for a variety of goodies that includes stationery, sports equipment and gift cards. The year 11s will also be able to use their points for money off their prom tickets. Students are able to see how many points they’ve earned, and request prizes through their iPads.

Parent Communications

One of the biggest challenges all schools face is keeping parents and carers fully informed and able to easily access the services provided. So from January we are bringing everything in to one, easy to use system. This single website will provide up to date information about your child such as their attendance and reports as well as letting you top up their dinner money, pay for trips, book parents’ evening appointments and get in touch with school. We'll be writing with more information nearer the time but meanwhile it is crucial that we have up to date contact information and the consent to use it. We have sent home forms for you to fill in, if these could be returned as soon as possible please it would be appreciated.

Finally, a few key dates for your diaries:

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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,

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