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