Monthly Letter (March 2018)

23rd March 2018

Dear Parent / Carer

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

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

Student questionnaire results

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

Anti-Bullying Charter

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

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

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

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

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

Update about the new GCSE Grading

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

Year 8 Options

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

Year 10 Assessments

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

Update from Friends of Pool Academy meeting on 6th March

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

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

  • Meet the site team

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

  • Trustees - charitable status

  • Purpose of Friends of Pool Academy

Pool Academy Art Gallery

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

Transition Ambassadors

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

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

 

Easter Holidays start - 30th March

Start of Term - 16th April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely

 Miss Claire Meakin

Principal