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Pool Academy

Meet the Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Mr N WardPrincipal  

Mr Ward comes with a wealth of experience after starting his career as a teacher of science at Launceston College in 1995. He has since worked at Treviglas Community College in 2004 and two academies in Plymouth. Mr Ward said he aims to prepare all students in ‘becoming responsible and active British citizens, who take pride in being part of their local community’.


Mrs T Thompson: Vice Principal

Mrs Thompson started working at the academy this year- September 2023. Having been a Senior Leader at Launceston College and Redruth School for over 3 years, she has been responsible for Raising Attainment and Teaching & Learning. Mrs Thompson is super passionate about all students within the Pool Community achieving the best possible outcomes and reaching their full potential so they can go on to lead great lives. 

Miss A Pook: Associate Assistant Principal

Miss Pook joined Pool Academy in September 2023 as Head of Spanish, having previously been Head of Languages at Redruth School. She is also the MFL coordinator for the Athena Learning Trust and has the privilege to visit MFL departments across the Trust. Miss Pook was recruited to the senior leadership team in January 2024 with whole school responsibility for staff CPD and the reading program. She is committed to raising student attainment at Pool Academy and ensuring that all students leave with the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives. 

Pastoral Support

Mr N Ward: Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs L Trestrail: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead / Transition

Mr R Schofield: Safeguarding Trustee

Mr A Durant: Head of Year 7 / Transition

Mr D Roberts: Head of Year 8/9

Mr N Williams: Head of Year 10/11

Mr N Hamblin: Pastoral Support Manager

Miss B Clarke: Pastoral Support Manager

Mrs K Drakeley: Pastoral Support Manager

Mrs R Sampson: Pastoral Support Manager

Miss A Gates : Pastoral Support Manager (Reflection)

Mr R Vandersluys: Pastoral Support Manager (Reflection)

Miss S Richards: Attendance, Admissions & Pastoral Data Manager

Mrs L Gribble: Welfare / Attendance

Curriculum Leads

Miss Mollie Kneath: English

Mrs Mara Weir: Maths and Computing

Mr M Chippett: Science, Food and Design Technology

Mrs J Bareham: Humanities

Mrs K Crawshaw: Expressive Arts and PE

Miss A Pook: MFL and Athena Learning Trust Subject Co-ordinator


Pool Academy is part of the Athena Learning Trust which is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, Company No 08150106. An exempt charity. Registered Office: Hurdon Road, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 9JR