Prefect of 2015 continues her community work

A 2015 Pool Academy Prefect is continuing her community work as she trains for a Forest School qualification.

Jess when she was at Pool Academy

Jess when she was at Pool Academy

Jess Adams was selected to represent the school four years ago because of the community work she did in Girlguides. Since leaving school she has been working as a teaching assistant and is now hoping to start her own business when she achieves her Forest school qualification.

Jess left Pool Academy about four years ago and went straight to St Day Primary School as a volunteer. She was then offered an apprenticeship and was able to achieve her Level 2 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools (STLS). Enjoying this she then gained a Level 3 Diploma in STLS at St Meriadoc Junior school in Camborne

Jess still volunteers three evenings week with Girlguiding at 4 different units. Here she mentors people completing their leadership qualification and is currently joint county coordinator for all the 18-30 year olds in the county.

Jess today

Jess today

She said: “All the teaching staff at Pool Academy were brilliant whilst I was a student there.

“Mrs Warwicker, in Maths, managed to get me through my GCSE which allowed me to go straight through to my apprenticeship.
“Mr Durant had a great sense of humour and chilled approach which made it easy to for me to do well in my GCSEs. 
“I feel I have taken teaching methods from each of them and used them in my own career as a teaching assistant.”

Jess said her words of advice to current Pool Academy students were to take each day as it comes’, ‘have fun’ because ‘you never know what the future holds’.

Former student works on Mary Poppins Returns set

A former Pool Academy student who has worked on the Mary Poppins Returns set and a Star Wars film says you just need to be 'true to yourself'.

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Kate Carson discovered her passion for art at Pool Academy and is thankful to her teachers for believing in her.

She left school in 2013 and studied an Art and Design diploma at Truro College. She then applied to UAL London College of fashion to study hair, makeup and prosthetics for performance.

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During her studies she worked on Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns in the crowd department as a trainee hair and makeup artist. After graduating in 2018 she went to work on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker set.

In 2018 she joined Disney Cruise Line as a cosmetologist and costumer and currently works for the shows here. As part of her work she tends to more than 200 wigs and helps make all the princesses look perfect.

She said: “I love what I do. My job is the best I’m able to go to work and it doesn’t even feel like work.

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“I was always interested in Art and I found my passion at school. Pool Academy gave me the access to explore my interests within art and this really helped my drive for what I wanted to do.

“Two teachers really inspired me were Miss Peach and Miss Roberts. Also my tutor Mrs Ludlow was another person who always believed in me at school despite me not being the most academic. She always had faith in me as a student.

“My advice to current students is to trust your instincts, no matter anyone’s opinion of what you want to do in life. Be true to yourself, you only have one life and you need to make the best of it. Make a difference and believe in your capabilities, you are your biggest fan you have to work hard and go and get it, nothing worth fighting for comes easily.”

Former student is singing her way to success

A former Pool Academy student and prefect is singing her way to success after performing at Abbey Road Studios and the Houses of Parliament.

Kiera Smitheram is a student and apprentice lecturer at the University of Chichester and majors in Classical Voice.

Photograph:  Kiera singing in the ballroom of Goodwood House. Photograph taken by Andrew Worsfold

Photograph: Kiera singing in the ballroom of Goodwood House. Photograph taken by Andrew Worsfold

She was a prefect in the class of 2014 at Pool Academy and says she remembers the school fondly. She left the academy to attend Truro College before winning a place at the university to study music.

She said: “I have had the opportunity to perform in some amazing places, including singing solo in the ballroom of Goodwood House, recording at Abbey Road Studios, and performing in an opera in the Houses of Parliament earlier this year. I would like to extend my thanks to the Performing Arts staff, who may still remember me, for inspiring me in those formative years.”

Kiera has a love of opera and believes being a prefect taught her a lot about networking, organising and taking action to better the life of her peers.

She said: “This early practice came in handy when I was elected Vice President of Chichester Priory Rotaract Club back in March. It was phenomenal vocational training that has stuck with me throughout my years away from school, especially when I was establishing myself in the first year of university.

“Of course, being a prefect does not guarantee a gateway to success. Success is wholly subjective. The goals you set yourself and the attitude you have in obtaining them is how you get what you want. This being said, being a prefect gave me a taste of how to act as a professional in the real world. It was a rewarding position to hold and I am grateful to those who put my name forward.”

Kiera said her words of advice to students currently studying at Pool Academy are to not be afraid of experiences at school

She added: “It is now that you will begin to see what you wish to become. It has taken me six years of good and bad experiences to get to where I am now, and I still have an awful lot to learn.

“I have been exceedingly lucky to have been given the chances that I have been, but they didn't happen overnight. Getting people to realise what I am capable of took a lot of hard work, chance meetings, and word-of mouth, but it is paying off.

“Take a little pride in proving to yourself and others what you can do.”

Former student says you are good enough

A former prefect who recently graduated with a business management degree wants students to know they have the potential and choice to be whatever they want to be. 

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Ellie Cope was a student at Pool Academy from 2009 until 2013 and enjoyed studying Food Technology, English and Sociology.

Progressing though the school years she was determined to go into hairdressing - but today her career has taken a different path.

When Ellie started working in the offices of a well-known bakery, in Scorrier, she did so well she became office manager. She then achieved a qualification in Customer Service and last year completed a degree in Business Management.

She said: “I always thought I was going to do hairdressing when I left school but I’ve learnt that nothing is ever set in stone and you can do whatever you set your mind to.

“When I left Pool Academy I did study hairdressing but realised it wasn’t for me. I started to look for something new and that’s when I started at Prima Bakeries in Scorrier. I began as a part-time employee until I eventually, by working hard, made my way to the top.

“Last year I completed a degree in business management. By doing this I managed to purchase my own house last year with my boyfriend.
“Having someone believe in you. I am more confident and believe I can do anything I set my mind to. 

“I would like to tell the current Pool Academy students to never believe you can’t do something.

“Just do the best you can.”